By KBB.com Editors
Forget the plastic-clad Grand Ams of the past; the 2009 Pontiac G6 Coupe and Convertibe are two-door beauties that are sleek, sophisticated and built for driving. Available in two trims on the Coupe (the sportier being the new GXP), and a single Convertible trim (GT), the G6 targets import buyers who want a bit more flair but don't want to break the budget. While not up to the overall standards set by the Honda Accord, the G6 Coupe and Convertible definitely present strong competition for the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Ford Mustang V6.You'll Like This Car If...
If you're in the market for an affordable front-wheel-drive sport coupe with a racy look, seating for four and a modest price tag, the 2009 Pontiac G6 may make your day. The Convertible features a slick retractable hard top as standard equipment.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're seeking a GT or GXP with a manual transmission, you'll be out of luck. The G6's interior plastics are not as refined as those found in the Honda Accord, and there is no four-cylinder engine option.What's New for 2009
Remote vehicle start is made standard on GT and GXP models for 2009.Driving It Driving Impressions
The GT's base 3.5-liter engine doesn't inspire performance driving, but it is adequate for quick jaunts up freeway entrance ramps and around town trips and commutes. We wish a six-speed manual were available with the GXP model, as its 3.6-liter V6 is both spirited and refined. As it is, GXP drivers will have to settle for the six-speed automatic, which does a good job finding the correct shift points, but leaves the driver feeling somewhat disconnected from the process. Both the GT and GXP trims use a hydraulic power steering unit that returns good feedback and on-center feel. The G6's sport suspension strikes a pleasant balance between performance and comfort, although some hardcore enthusiasts might prefer that balance to be more toward performance.Favorite Features
Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls
Finger tip controls allow the driver to operate the audio's volume and song selection settings from the steering wheel.
3.6-liter VVT V6 engine
The newest GM V6 is thoroughly modern and long overdue. Smooth, quiet and powerful, the 3.6-liter engine wants only for a nice manual transmission.