Used 2007 Pontiac G5 Coupe
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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, Pontiac's new G5 compact coupe is related to Chevrolet's Cobalt, introduced for 2006 in both coupe and sedan form. Consisting only of coupes, Pontiac's model lineup is skimpier than Chevrolet's 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 with its own four-cylinder engine and suspension setup. A standard rear spoiler suggests Pontiac's sportier nature.
You'll Like This Car If...
If small cars light your fire and you prefer to "buy domestic," Pontiac has an attractive answer to your quest. Youthful buyers, in particular, are likely to gravitate toward Pontiac's compact coupe, lured by its curvy two-door profile and frisky performance, even in base-model form.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're searching for full-bore small-coupe performance, you might be happier with Chevrolet's Cobalt SS Supercharged model, or with other high-output compacts. Buyers who demand safety features but don't care to pay extra for anti-lock brakes (ABS) and side-curtain airbags might also prefer to look elsewhere.
What's New for 2007
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" models - though a sticker price that starts above $15,000 pushes it toward the upper-end of that category.
Like its Chevrolet counterpart, the G5 is a friendly little coupe. Even with the base engine and automatic, the frisky G5 responds enthusiastically to the gas pedal, while starting off or at speed, making the GT's engine less compelling. Automatic-transmission shifts are crisp but smooth, and downshifts come promptly. Ride comfort on smooth highways deteriorates on rougher pavement, even with the base suspension. Though not quite flat in quick curves, this coupe hangs tight without squealing. Thick pillars and miniature quarter-pane windows hinder visibility.
Powertrain with Automatic Transmission
Even the 148-horsepower engine delivers the goods with performance that beats many small cars, which typically lose energy when coupled to an automatic transmission.
Sport-Style Front Seats
No, they're not true sports-car buckets, but snug side bolstering and an assertively firm seatback almost give the impression that you're sitting in a real sport machine.
In theory, at least, five occupants can squeeze into the G5's cozy cockpit on cloth-upholstered front buckets and a split-folding rear seat. Backseat riders had better be young and/or small, though, as heads can easily hit the roof and elbow and leg space isn't much better. Pontiac has long been the "sporty" member of the General Motors family, so white-faced sport gauges are no big surprise. Carpeted floor mats come standard, along with four cupholders: Two in front and two in back. The GT coupe also includes a cargo net. Seat bottoms are quite short, with somewhat hard cushioning but excellent support.
Built on a 103.5-inch wheelbase, the G5 is 179.8 inches long - close to the Cobalt. Familiar Pontiac styling cues include the twin-port grille. Foglamps are included on the GT and available for the base car. Base models roll on 15-inch tires, while the GT gets 17-inch rubber on polished aluminum wheels. An FE1 "smooth ride" suspension is installed on the base model, but the GT gets an FE3 setup that promises a "firmer, more direct" ride. Pontiac notes that suspension tuning concerns steering feel, spring rates and diameter of the front and rear anti-roll bars, to provide distinct handling characteristics.
Notable Standard Equipment
Both G5 models are comparatively well-equipped. Standard G5 equipment includes air conditioning (with air filtration), power windows/doors/locks, remote keyless entry, a CD player with MP3 capability, tilt steering wheel and touring suspension. In addition to the larger engine, the G5 GT adds all-disc anti-lock brakes (ABS), sport rocker moldings, fog lamps, cruise control, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with touch controls, XM Satellite Radio with Pioneer speakers, 17-inch wheels and a sport suspension.
Notable Optional Equipment
Many of the items that come standard on the GT coupe can be installed in a base model at extra cost, including ABS and XM Satellite Radio with Pioneer speakers. Additional options include side-curtain airbags, leather-appointed seats, GM's OnStar communications system and an in-dash six-CD changer. A sunroof is part of the base coupe's Sun and Sound Package.
Under the Hood
In the base-model G5, a 2.2-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine produces 148 horsepower, driving a five-speed Getrag manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. A 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine that uses premium-grade gasoline goes into the GT model.
2.2-liter in-line 4
148 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
152 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/34 (manual), 24/32 (automatic)
2.4-liter in-line 4
173 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
163 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/34 (manual), 24/32 (automatic)
In base trim, the G5 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $15,340. The GT model stickers for $18,990. The Fair Purchase Price, which represents what consumers are actually paying, is likely to be several hundred dollars lower. Be sure to click on Fair Purchase Prices to check what a G5 is currently selling for in your area. With the G5, Pontiac competes mainly against the closely-related Chevrolet Cobalt coupe, which starts more than $1,600 lower. In terms of resale value, we predict that the G5 will perform below average over time. The base-model G5 is expected to retain only 29 percent of its original value over a 60-month period, while the GT should retain 32 percent. That's just a hair better than the Chevrolet Cobalt and comparable to the Ford Focus hatchback, but well behind import-brand competitors, such as the Honda Civic coupe, Mazda3, Scion tC and Volkswagen GTI.
Pontiac G5 Consumer Reviews
October 23, 2016
Very good car, excellent value.
Fun to drive, very good visibility, handles well, compliments on exterior appearance, has been trouble free. GM did several recalls in...
February 06, 2016
One of the best cars I have owned.Usually a car more geared to younger clientele it has been pleasure to drive.Upkeep has been a few...
October 21, 2015
good dependable car; good mileage, easy to drive
May 25, 2015
Best car made in 2007!
This is the best car I have ever owned and driven. I've never had any issues at all with the vehicle! I would drive this car forever if...
November 17, 2014
My car is my baby
I bought this car used in the summer of 2014. She's had some trouble with the Cadillac converter and her tires after I bought her. Now...
September 08, 2014
best GM vehicle ever - i would buy another one
love this car - bought it new in 2007 - get 33mpg at 70mph and it has alot of pep. So sad that Chevrolet canceled the Pontiac name. This...
July 25, 2014
Great little car
I have had it for almost 4 years. One accident where I had not seen the car out the back window. Very small window. The vehicle was...
May 13, 2014
best vehicle ever
My car is a hard top convertible
March 19, 2014
Peppy little car with a sporty feel.
We bought this knew for my wife and other than the recalls and regular service, it has not given us any trouble. It drives very tight...
February 18, 2014
Comfortable, reliable, economic, 30mpg average
We are the original owners with 60,000 miles. I am a retired and Certified auto tech in 5 of 8 auto fields with current certifications....