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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 1085 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

Great car

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, comfortable"

Cons: "back seat entry, small trunk"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Fresh home from the dealer (still looks good, couple dings)

"I have owned this car for 6 years, and have been very pleased so far. I am not very hard on it; I only put on about 11000 miles a year. I would like to keep it until it dies, but I may have to get rid of it soon as the backseat is not easily accessible, and I have a young one now. Positives on the car: 1. I love the power this car has. I have never had any problems getting up to speed. 2. Highway gas mileage is decent. On long trips, if a moderate speed is maintained, I could regularly count on around 31 MPG. I know there are a lot higher ratings out there, but it seems pretty good for a 217 HP engine. 3. Comfort (in the front seats at least). I find the car to be pretty comfortable, even when driving long distances. The back seats aren't necessarily uncomfortable, but it is just a pain to get back there. I only had a couple of issues with this car: 1. I had to replace one of the headlight assemblies. The headlight had a wiring issue, causing it to blow headlamps. I may have been able to re-wire, but I just replaced it. 2. The Driver information (tire pressure, trip miles, MPG) is contained in the radio head unit. In order to put in an aftermarket radio, an extra display would be needed. I would have like to put in a different radio, but I did not have any luck finding a decently priced solution for this that also looked good. 3. The window "indexing" is not ideal in cold climates. On the coupe model of this car, there is no door frame above the windows, so for it to make a seal, when you open the door, the window goes down slightly to clear the car frame. Here in Minnesota, cars get iced over pretty frequently during the winter. If the window is frozen and cannot be rolled down, opening the door has the potential to break the window. I never broke a window because of this, but I was always very careful. 4. Vision. It is difficult to see some areas around the car through the small rear windows. Other than the headlight mentioned, new tires, oil changes, and one recall, I have not had to have the car serviced (which you shouldn't have to on a new car). I hope that this continues in the years to come."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Fresh home from the dealer (still looks good, couple dings)

This has been a great car for daughter!

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The car has been reliable and has averaged 23 mpg combined while be so fun to drive. The convertible has been a real blast and operates smoothly. Vehicle is 8 years old and does have normal wear & tear on body but looks very good and runs even better. No mechanical issues at all and selling as daughter and her husband only need one car in downtown DC now."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great Car for everything and everywhere

By on Thursday, May 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "too many problems , not very reliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I like my G6 ut i have too many problems with it , such as airbag light stays on , abs light sometime on , doesn't make me happy at all"

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

In Love with the GT

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 152,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Just amazing!"

Cons: "I didnt get one sooner :-)"

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

"I absolutely love my 07 G6 GT! The panoramic sunroof is amazing! The seats are comfortable, the kids fit great in the back of it! It is the perfect car for someone who is looking for a family vehicle and still wants the comfort and looks of a sporty car!"

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Pontiac - sporty car, lotsa bang for your buck.

By on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Purchased the '07 new. Found it to be a joy to drive; comfortable, quiet ride and handles well. Has gotten great gas highway mileage 33 to 35 mpg and average city - 18-19 mpg. After 7 years of ownership it has required only typical maintenance-new battery and back brakes after 6yrs, front brakes at 7 years."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun and sleek."

Cons: "Front cup holder,"

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

"Loved this car since I saw it on the dealer floor. Only problem was had to replace Camshaft exhuast wire harness @ 75,000. Was under extended warrenty. Love driving it and handles great on ice and snow. Only complaint is cup holder in front. Elbow its cups in holder. When it's time to replace, I'm going to cry!"

25 people out of 58 found this review helpful

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