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2009 Pontiac G6

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2009 Pontiac G6 Review

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The 2009 Pontiac G6 is a midsize sedan built from a proven chassis developed in partnership with GM's European subsidiary, Opel. With the G6, Pontiac seeks to impart its trademark styling onto a vehicle providing the ride and handling characteristics so important to younger buyers. In order to lure buyers away from Volkswagen and Mazda, however, a manual transmission option should be made available on both four- and six-cylinder models, while pricing and content must remain competitive with domestic rivals such as the Dodge Avenger and Ford Fusion.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in the market for a sporty domestic midsize sedan that gets good gas mileage, the 2009 Pontiac G6 is right in line with the current offerings from Ford and Dodge.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the G6 offers decent handling to back up its sporty looks, the base and GT models are not terribly quick and feature a slow-shifting four-speed automatic transmission. Oddly, the base model can be equipped with a much improved six-speed automatic, but the V6-powered GT cannot. Interior plastics are not up to the standards set by Mazda, Volkswagen and Honda.

What's New for 2009

The base 2.4-liter engine can be teamed with a new six-speed automatic transmission producing better performance and fuel economy. XM Satellite Radio is made standard on the base model, while remote start is added to the GT trim.

Driving the G6

Driving Impressions If you settle into the GT's driver's seat expecting the performance of a sport sedan, you might be somewhat disappointed by a 219-horsepower pushrod V6 and four-speed automatic transmission, with...

performance that is decidedly underwhelming. The G6 handles well enough and we appreciated the substantial side bolsters of the front seats. Electric power steering delivers minimal feedback on base cars, but the hydraulic system available on the GT and GXP definitely improves matters. The G6 feels most athletic in GXP form, thanks to its 3.6-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, a manual transmission is not available, sapping much of the driving character from an otherwise excellent package.

Sleek Design
We hope the G6's clean, attractive exterior styling cues carry over to future Pontiacs.

Front and Rear-seat Room
The long wheelbase of the G6 results in lots of legroom and big doors that open wide for rear-seat passengers. Front seats have surprisingly long travel, a bonus for long-legged drivers.

2009 Pontiac G6 Details
2009 Pontiac G6 photo Interior

If the exterior styling is a giant leap forward for Pontiac, the interior styling is at least a step in that direction. The chrome gauge surrounds are a little much, and some of the controls appear designed for a more rugged application, but those few rough spots speak volumes for the improvements. While front passengers are treated to comfortable seats with excellent legroom and nicely-styled appointments, the rear-seat passengers are the big winners, with surprisingly generous legroom and big rear doors (both benefits thanks to the long wheelbase) and windows that open all the way down.

Exterior

Take away the Pontiac badging and grille and it would be almost impossible to identify the G6 as a Pontiac – or as a GM or a domestic car, for that matter. Some of us think the G6, especially in GXP trim, is one of the most attractive cars the domestic manufacturers have ever delivered. Wheels pushed out to the corners underline a strong stance. Front, side and back, both the G6 Coupe and Sedan look great.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on the base G6 includes a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, four-speed automatic transmission, auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, OnStar, head-curtain airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), 16-inch covered steel wheels and automatic headlamps. The GT has a 3.5-liter V6, cruise control, XM Satellite Radio, Monsoon sound system, fog lamps, keyless entry and 17-inch wheels. The GXP adds revised front and rear fascias, 18-inch wheels, StabiliTrak stability control, power driver's seat, chrome exhaust tips, six-speed automatic transmission and a 3.6-liter V6.

Optional Equipment

Options include leather seating, remote start (base), premium six-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, power driver's seat, power-adjustable pedals, sunroof, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, fog lamps, rear spoiler and choices of 17- and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Sport Package 1 on the base G6 adds StabiliTrak stability control and a six-speed automatic transmission, while the Sun and Sound Package adds a six-disc CD changer, power sunroof and auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass.

Under the Hood

The ECOTEC four-cylinder engine is all about economy, not performance. Why GM didn't offer a five-speed manual on this model is a mystery, but without it the G6 has little chance of living up to its sporty image. The 3.5-liter V6 has more pulling power but lacks quickness. If you're purchasing the G6 to perform, you have to go with the GXP's new 3.6-liter V6. With its variable valve timing and relatively flat torque curve, this engine has the power and response that driving enthusiasts demand.

2.4-liter in-line 4
164 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
156 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (four-speed auto), 22/33 (six-speed auto)

3.5-liter V6 (Bin-4 and PZEV emissions)
219 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
220 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/29 (base), 17/26 (GT)

3.6-liter V6
252 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
251 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26

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2009 Pontiac G6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 1067 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.2/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

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By on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Sexy looking, runs good, economical."

Cons: "wheels can leak air"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Bot this car in Indiana on an impulse. Haven't been disappointed. Runs good & gets good mileage (about 25.5 MPG overall. Only trouble has been the wheels which corrode and then the air leaks out. Had 'em polished and coated and that seems to have solved the problem. Now I'm into a bunch of recalls from GM for which they don't have parts to fix. I think that may be one of the problems of the Federal Govt. getting involved with a profit making organization. Ah well, we'll jest have to wait an see"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

love this car

By on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive and looks sharp with top down"

Cons: "hard to see out back window when backing up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"i love my car it is fun to drive and the gas milage isnt bad. 30 hwy (@70) and 24 city. the only 2 complaints i have is that it is hard to see out the back window when backing up. The window in back slants so much(for looks and it DOES look good) that a tall person cant sit back there without hitting their heads the leather is great and i have seat warmers for winter. it has the pickup and go when you want or need it. i just love it..im short..ill sit in back CAR is NOT for SALE."

Great car and very fun to drive.

By on Monday, September 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great fun to drive, hard top is great for safety"

Cons: "Most of the trunk space lost when the top is down"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This was kind of a mid life crisis car as I wanted to have a convertible again. We researched the hard top vs soft and the trade off for the hard is loss of space in the trunk the top is down. A soft top you have deterioration of the top and you have to replace them where a hard top you just wax it. Great pick up and has been mostly reliable. We bought Certified so it had new tires and all the mechanics were gone over well. We have had to replace the water pump twice and just replaced the brakes so all in all very, very happy. Especially when the wind is in my hair!"

The stering is too sharp, good power!

By on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I really liked the car until something unexpectaly happened to it. Very suspecious that right after the warranty was over the powertrain went down, as a result I had to pay more than a $1000.00 to repair the transmision. The car only had 35000 miles."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

bad gas mileage!!!

By on Monday, August 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "low gas mileage and electrical problems."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I only average 14mpg, when purchased 20/29mpg was the claim to fame but failed. Love the power and it's very comfortable but I need higher mpg."

This is a very clean, dependable, garaged auto.

By on Thursday, August 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,132

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has been the most dependable, comfortable and best performing auto I have ever owned. Since I am now 79 years of age, this is a statement of excellence! I have had many cars in my 50 years as a Banker, Insurance Agent, housewife and mother."

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