• (4.5) 11 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,918$8,886
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 30
  • Engine: 155-hp, 2.2-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2009 Pontiac G5

Our Take on the 2009 Pontiac G5

The Pontiac G5 coupe is virtually identical to the Chevrolet Cobalt and is only offered as a coupe. The G5 is available in base and GT trims and has more standard equipment than its Chevrolet sibling — power windows and remote entry are installed on base GTs but are optional on the Cobalt &... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Interior quality
  • Wind noise on the highway
  • Spacious trunk difficult to access
  • ABS not standard
  • Mushy brakes (G5 base)
  • Low-rent styling

Notable Features

  • Manual-transmission XFE gets 37 mpg highway
  • Related to Chevrolet Cobalt coupe
  • USB/iPod compatibility
  • Standard 2.2-liter engine with slightly more power
  • 2.4-liter engine dropped
  • Available sport-tuned GT model

2009 Pontiac G5 Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Contrary to what you might have heard, General Motors is building many competitive cars these days — but the Pontiac G5 is not one that will lift the company out of its current predicament. It's roughly identical to the Chevy Cobalt, a car that's getting long in the tooth. The G5's high-efficiency XFE trim gets an impressive EPA-estimated 37 mpg on the highway for 2009, an... Read full review for the 2009 Pontiac G 5

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Consumer Reviews


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Good Buy

by Value Shopper from New Prague,MN on March 23, 2010

Very pleased. Wife loves it. We've had it for almost 11 months and I tried to find another in February but found they're gone.

2 Trim Levels Available

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2009 Pontiac G5 Safety Ratings

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There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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