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2009 Pontiac G8 Review

When it was new, reviewers said that the 2009 Pontiac G8 had the looks, power and performance that a number of 2009 large cars were lacking. 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V8 engines
  • Composed road performance
  • Muscle-car styling
  • Attractive, yet comfortable interior
  • Some hard-to-use controls
  • No available navigation

New for 2009

  • Standard satellite radio on all trims
  • GXP model added
  • Last year of production




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Pontiac G8 Overview

When it was new, reviewers said that the 2009 Pontiac G8 offered performance that few rivals can match. They praised the G8 for its power, handling and comfortable interior, saying that the G8 sets itself apart with its muscle car-like driving dynamics. The G8 is not for everyone, though. If you are looking for refinement or a family-oriented large sedan, you may want to consider cars like the 2009 Toyota Avalon or 2009 Ford Taurus.

Reviewers praised the G8 for its spacious and well-appointed interior. However, some reviewers weren’t satisfied with how the controls were arranged in the G8 and bemoaned the lack of an optional standalone navigation system. In terms of storage space, the G8 has a fair amount, although other cars offer more room.

The base G8 comes with a 256-horsepower V6 engine, while GT and GXP models offer V8 engines that produce 361 and 402 horsepower, respectively. The 2009 G8 was not crash tested when it was new. However, it features standard safety equipment that includes traction control and electronic stability control.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering a good all-around large sedan, but don’t need the G8’s muscle-car performance, the highly-ranked 2009 Toyota Avalon is a good choice. While you probably won’t be taking the Avalon to the drag strip, the Toyota offers excellent safety scores, as well as better fuel economy.

The 2009 Dodge Charger is a powerful large car that offers good performance but subpar safety scores. When it was new, reviewers thought that the Charger’s base engine was decent, but recommended the power of higher trims. While many reviewers preferred the G8’s interior, the Charger offers available all-wheel drive and powerful engines in a retro-styled muscle car package.

Compare the G8 to the Avalon and Charger »

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