With the arrival of the subcompact G3 this spring, Pontiac will have four models that get more than 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Closely related to the
Chevrolet Aveo and built by Daewoo in South Korea, the G3 will have a 106-horsepower four cylinder engine that helps it get 27 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway. Transmission choices are a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Standard features include a CD/MP3 audio system, an auxiliary input jack for an iPod, fog lamps and OnStar. The G3 earned the government's five-star rating for front impacts and four out of five stars for side impacts and rollovers. Other Pontiacs that get more than 30 mpg are the Vibe, G5
coupe and G6
sedan. The G3 is at least the fifth vehicle based on the South Korean Daewoo Gentra. Already offered in Mexico and Canada are near-identical vehicles called the Pontiac G3 and Pontiac G3 Wave, respectively. If gasoline prices return to about $4, look for the G3 to be a big hit. It'll be a miss if fuel price stays around $2.50.