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2009 Pontiac G5 Review

The 2009 Pontiac G5 offers good fuel economy and a comfortable ride, but rivals in the class beat it with more interior refinement or better performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Simple controls
  • Spacious trunk
  • Good fuel economy
  • Poor-quality interior
  • Underpowered engine

New for 2009

  • Final year in production
  • 2.4-liter engine discontinued
  • Available Bluetooth and iPod connectivity




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 8.7
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2009 Pontiac G5 Overview

When it was new, reviewers said that the 2009 Pontiac G5 wasn’t the most athletic small car. Some reviewers thought the standard 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine was peppy, while others found it merely adequate. The G5 also lacks the fun handling characteristics of rivals like the 2009 Mazda3. However, this small coupe gets up to 25/37 mpg city/highway, which is quite good for the class. The 2009 G5 has safety scores that are about average for the class, but safety features like anti-lock brakes were optional when the G5 was new.  

Inside, reviewers agreed that the G5 didn’t meet their expectations. They noted that other rivals in the class had nicer interiors and more standard features, and that the front seats needed more cushioning. Like most small coupes, the G5’s back seat is cramped, but its 13.9 cubic feet of trunk space is quite good for the class.

The base G5 comes with power windows and door locks, keyless entry, air conditioning, OnStar and a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input and satellite radio. The GT trim adds larger wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, foglights, cruise control, Bluetooth and an upgraded stereo. Features like a sunroof, heated front seats, leather and a USB port were all optional when the G5 was new.

See the full 2009 Pontiac G5 specs »

Other Cars to Consider

The four-door 2009 Hyundai Elantra ranks near the top of the class. It outshines the G5 with spacious front and rear seats, though its trunk isn’t as roomy. When it was new, the 2009 Elantra was named our Best Compact Car for the Money.

The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit may be a small hatchback, but its roomy second row of seats and spacious cargo area impressed reviewers. The Rabbit also stands out with a quality interior, a well-equipped cabin and a safety score that’s higher than the G5’s. Test drivers said the Rabbit is pretty fun to drive, though its fuel economy ratings are low for the class.

Compare the G5 to the Elantra and Rabbit »


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