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2007 Pontiac G6

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2007 Pontiac G6 Review

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As GM struggles to regain its footing, Pontiac's line of sporty yet fuel-efficient cars is slated to play a major part in the company's recovery. One of the leaders of that effort is the new G6, a mid-sized 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 available on both four- and six-cylinder models (only the GT trim currently offers it), while pricing and content must remain competitive with newer entries such as the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in the market for a sporty domestic mid-size sedan, the G6 is a step above the current offerings from Ford and Chrysler. The optional Panoramic Roof is a strong selling point for sun lovers and sky worshipers.

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 slow-shifting automatic transmissions as standard equipment. Interior plastics are not up to the standards set by Mazda and Honda.

What's Significant About This Car?

The G6 GTP receives a new 3.6-liter V6 engine with variable valve timing (VVT) and a six-speed automatic transmission. The GT offers a six-speed manual transmission when ordered with the optional 3.9-liter V6 engine, and side head-curtain airbags become standard equipment on all sedan trims.

Driving the G6

Driving Impressions If you settle into the driver's seat expecting the performance of a sport sedan, you might be somewhat disappointed by a 224-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 definitely improves matters. The G6 feels its most athletic when ordered with the 3.9-liter V6 and six-speed manual transmission. Unfortunately, this combination is available only on the GT.

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

Panoramic Roof
With this massive four-panel sunroof, even backseat passengers get the moon and stars.

2007 Pontiac G6 Details
2007 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 and nicely-styled appointments, the backseat passengers are the big winners, with surprisingly generous legroom (due to the long wheelbase), windows that roll all the way down and the sun and sky benefits of the optional Panoramic Roof.

Exterior
2007 Pontiac G6 photo

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 is one of the most attractive cars the Big Three 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 CD sound system, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, side head-curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes, 16-inch covered steel wheels and automatic headlamps. The GT adds a 3.5-liter V6, cruise control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Monsoon sound system, fog lights, keyless entry and 17-inch wheels. The GTP adds 18-inch wheels, power driver's seat, chrome exhaust tips and the 3.6-liter V6.

Optional Equipment

Options include leather seating, remote keyless entry, premium six-disc in-dash CD/MP3 player, power driver's seat, power adjustable pedals, moonroof, Panoramic Roof, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, OnStar, front side-impact airbags, fog lights, four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control, rear spoiler, a six-speed manual transmission (GT with 3.9-liter V6 only) and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

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 Coupe or Sedan to perform, you have to go with either the GT's optional 3.9-liter V6 or the GTP's new 3.6-liter V6. Both have the power that driving enthusiasts demand, but only the GT offers the option of a manual transmission.

2.4-liter in-line 4
169 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/33

3.5-liter V6
224 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
220 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29

3.6-liter V6
252 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
251 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28

3.9-liter V6
240 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (manual), 17/24 (automatic)

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2007 Pontiac G6 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 1087 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

Sweetest Car I ever Had

By on Thursday, August 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,240

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Turns Heads, gets complements"

Cons: "Navigation and back-up camera"

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

"Love the Car and I hate that I have to part with it. But financial difficulties have set it; and sacifices have to be made. This car has been very reliable and it is excellent condition."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best car I have ever purchased.

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "decent price and all around great car"

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

"Other than normal servicing, this car has been wonderful to own. No major problems with it and it drives great."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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."

4 people out of 6 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."

8 people out of 14 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"

10 people out of 18 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

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