2009 Pontiac G8 vs. Its Competition

2009 Pontiac G8
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The G8’s chief rival is the Dodge Charger, which has more aggressive styling but is a little less refined.

The Charger and the similar but more glamorous Chrysler 300 offer optional all-wheel drive, whereas the G8 does not.

However, the Charger doesn’t have the thoroughly in-check body control and poise around corners to match the G8.

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

Then there’s the Nissan Maxima, which trumps the G8 for style but, because it’s front-wheel drive and only offers a V-6, can’t touch the G8’s level of performance.

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Quick Specs
The G8 gives Pontiac real sport-sedan credentials and hits the mark with only minor faults.
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.
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
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13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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Large SedanLargeLargeMid-Size
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan SEL FWD4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODContinously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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