The addition of the G5 demonstrates Pontiac's new model grouping, which started with the larger G6 and includes the bigger-yet G8, which arrives for 2008. Even though it's a cousin to the Cobalt, the G5 also shows that Pontiac remains in the running as a maker of sporty-style coupes and "entry-level" modelsthough a sticker price that starts above $15,000 pushes it toward the upper-end of that category.
Kinship between Pontiac and Chevrolet models is nothing new. Back in 1967, for instance, when Chevrolet launched its original Camaro, Pontiac followed with a Firebird. This time, it's the 2009 Pontiac G5 compact coupe that is related to Chevrolet's Cobalt. Consisting only of coupes, Pontiac's G5 model lineup offers fewer choices than Chevrolet's Cobalt group and lacks the latter's supercharged top-end entry. Built on GM's global small-car platform and considered an "entry-level" model, the front-wheel-drive G5 comes in two trim levels, each sharing an improved 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, but with differing suspension setups. A standard rear spoiler suggests Pontiac's sportier nature.
By regarci3 on Thursday, September 08, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,700overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good vehicle for the money"
Cons: "If i had paid more, i'm sure i could've gotten the sunroof, multidisk CD player, etc..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased this vehicle used with low miles in 2009. The price was exactly what I wanted in a monthly payment and the options the vehicle carries makes this car great for the money! MP3/CD player, Auxiliary Input, Cruise Control. This car has been the best compact car I've owned and very reliable for my daily commute. The backseat space is comfortable and simple options like back seat cup holders, full folding back seats which allow me to utilize the trunk to it's fullest capability, two places to plug in my cell charger in case i have a passenger that wants to charge theirs at the same time, one touch window on the driver side, electronic adjustment for side mirrors, rear defroster, electronic monitoring of tire pressure, oil, fuel are also great features."
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Bobby_in_portland on Saturday, May 10, 2008
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"My 2001 Alero has many features such as Auto Lights On/Off, Auto door locks, etc. My new 2007 G5 base has the same features but more refinements added. I can now turn the headlamps off by flicking a switch if I want to after the computer turns them on during night or day. The locks activate automatically when the car starts moving, but when the car engine is turned off they stay locked until the shift is placed in park. I love the information center on the G5 informing me economy, miles left in tank, outside temp, coolant temp, two trip meters, oil change life remaining etc. by flicking just one button. The G5 base has very good engine power to keep up with traffic without revving up and straining the motor. The ride is smoother than my Alero which is bigger and has a V-6. The G5 is quieter at all speeds compared to all other small cars I test drove, especially the Toyota Yaris which has 1.5L engine Vs 2.2L for G5. The rear spoiler takes away a bit from rear view mirror visibility, but it does block glare from headlights of car bahind you at traffic lights. The G5 Auto transmission is smooth shifting with good gear ratio's for performance at various speeds. This car is a pleasure to drive. Steering is not Camaro-quick but not vague feeling either. There are two things Pontiac can change to make this car outstanding. The Seats need to have more paddding and more incline front to back so long drives won't give you a pain in the butt. Another is the truck opening is smaller than it should be but the truck volume is quite large. I have had this car for 3 weeks and I will post another review after 3 months and 6 months. Car is too new to be rated for reliability."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By smalltowngirl on Monday, August 12, 2013
I owned and sold this caroverall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, perfect first car, pretty"
Cons: "Small back seat- not ideal for families"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I got this car when I was 16 and had only been driving for 6 months. I could not have asked for a better first car! It lasted through my last two years of high school and 5 years of college. The back seat is small but 2 people have fit back there (although college students will put up with a lot to split gas prices). The trunk opening is small, but I have fit pretty much everything I own in that car going home on summer breaks and such. The rear folding seats help a lot in that situation! The gas mileage is fantastic and it whips around town and can get into some tiny parking spots. Downside is that it did not come with cruise control but I just put an after-market one in and it worked like a dream! Also, it is a sporty looking car. A good wash and some polish makes it look more expensive than it actually was! Now I am moving to Mexico and it will not survive on the bad roads there. I am sad to part with it but I know it is making the new owner very happy!"
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful