2009 Pontiac G6 Review

The base 2009 Pontiac G6 is stylish and has good fuel economy. Although the G6 has a diverse lineup, including a sedan, coupe and hardtop convertible, its cheap interior materials and underpowered base engine cause it to rank toward the bottom of its class.  

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Sporty handling
  • Base engine has good fuel economy
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Below-average safety scores for the class
  • Uninspiring performance

New for 2009

  • Six-speed automatic made available on base model
  • Satellite radio became standard equipment on all models




Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.1
J.D. Power Ratings Logo

2009 Pontiac G6 Overview

The 2009 Pontiac G6 is a good used midsize car if you want something that looks good driving down the road. Available in sedan, coupe and hardtop convertible body styles, auto critics agreed that when it was new, the G6 looked sleeker and sportier than many of its rivals. Test drivers liked the G6’s athletic handling, saying it was one of the car’s highlights.

The Pontiac G6 is available with a four-cylinder engine or two V6 engines, as well as a four- or six-speed automatic transmission. Compared with other 2009 midsize cars, the G6’s four-cylinder engine has competitive fuel economy, but models with the more powerful V6 engines have fuel economy that lags behind the competition. Uninspiring performance was also a big drawback for auto critics. Some reviewers said that although the G6 offers decent handling, its base engine is underpowered and its transmissions are slow to shift. Although it uses more fuel, they suggested a V6 engine if you want something with more spunk.

The 2009 Pontiac G6 has a small trunk compared with other 2009 midsize cars, and test drivers said its interior quality trailed the competition significantly when it was new. They complained of bland design, cheap plastics and hard surfaces. Six airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard on the 2009 G6. If electronic stability control is a must-have, you’ll find it on GXP and convertible G6 models, and you may find it on base and GT trim levels, as it was optional on them.

See the full 2009 Pontiac G6 specs »

Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Hyundai Sonata is a good used midsize car to cross-shop against the 2009 Pontiac G6 sedan. The Sonata is not as sporty-looking as the G6, but auto critics liked its high-quality, spacious interior. Like the G6, its driving dynamics aren’t very engaging, but the Sonata is a great used family sedan thanks to its good fuel economy.

Unlike the Pontiac G6, the 2009 Toyota Camry has impressive engine power, even from its base four-cylinder engine. Reviewers thought its trunk and cabin were spacious and comfortable, and it gave passengers a refined, quite ride both in the city and on the highway. Reviewers agreed that the 2009 Camry has one of the nicest interiors in the class. The Camry’s high safety ratings also make it a solid used car for many shoppers.

Compare the G6 to the Sonata and Camry »

Find the Best Price

Enter your zip code to get local pricing.

Get Dealer Quotes

To get dealer quotes, enter your zip code.

Search Used Listings

To search used listings, enter your zip code.

Change Location

Enter your zip code to see listings near you.

Please enter a valid zipcode

G6 Shoppers Should Also Consider...

Ford Fusion 2009 2009 Ford Fusion

#1 in 2009 Affordable Midsize Cars

Saturn Aura 2009 2009 Saturn Aura

#1 in 2009 Affordable Midsize Cars

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2009 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid

#3 in 2009 Affordable Midsize Cars

Toyota Camry 2009 2009 Toyota Camry

#4 in 2009 Affordable Midsize Cars

Best Price Program

Interested in a New?

Use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find great deals and get upfront pricing on the.