(4.8) 73 reviews
MSRP: $1,753$33,169
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 16-21
Engine: 256-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2009 Pontiac G8

Our Take on the 2009 Pontiac G8

Our Take

The G8 sedan is Pontiac's full-size sedan and the first North American model based on a new platform that will also support the upcoming Chevrolet Camaro. The G8 is available in base, G8 trim with a V-6, as well as GT and GXP trims with V-8s. The G8 competes with full-size cars such as the D... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Manual only offered on GXP
  • Manual's skip-shift program
  • Wide A-pillars can restrict visibility
  • Gas mileage
  • GXP's tachometer lacks redline

Notable Features

  • Rear-drive full-size sedan
  • V-6 or V-8
  • Manual or automatic
  • New 415-hp GXP model for 2009
  • Hails from Australia

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.