2008 Pontiac G8 vs. Its Competition

2008 Pontiac G8 GT
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Among large sedans, the G8’s chief rival is the Dodge Charger, which is a little ballsier in styling, but also a little less refined inside and out.

The Charger and the similar but more glamorous Chrysler 300 offer optional all-wheel drive, though.

The Ford Taurus is just as large as its competitors, but it’s more clearly geared to an older, more conservative crowd--and it’s front-wheel drive (with an all-wheel-drive option).

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2008 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan SEL FWD Open Doors2008 Ford Taurus
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Quick Specs
Pontiac’s come from nowhere in the large-sedan segment to build a class-leading four-door, with only a few minor quibbles.
The 2008 Dodge Charger sedan has plenty of practicality and character--and thirst, with the big HEMI engines.
A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class  
Midsize SedanLargeLarge
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan SEL FWD
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/OD,AutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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