66 reviews
2009 Pontiac G8
2009 Pontiac G8
Available Price Range $2,194-$31,974 Trims3 Combined MPG 16-21 Seats 5

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


Our Expert Reviews

Pontiac came so close to getting its act together.But close, as they say, counts only in horseshoes, and the division designated by General Motors to create excitement is going to stop creating anything by the end of 2010.In exchange for government loans, General Motors had to jettison a chairman, Rick Wagoner, and several divisions. So long, Pontiac, the architect of the Grand Prix, Firebird a... Read full review for the 2009 Pontiac G 8

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Consumer Reviews


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by G8 Lover from Youngstown, Ohio on July 4, 2012

When the spouce and I we're in the market for a new car we went to a combo GM dealer to buy a new Caddy CTS. But when she saw the G8 in black the looking was over. Overall I was extremely impressed wi... Read Full Review

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.


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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