• Nov 18, 2008
Click above for hi-res gallery of the 2009.5 Pontiac G6 Convertible

There's not a whole lot going on for General Motors at the LA Auto Show, but the company's making some minor announcements via press release before the shindig in la-la land gets underway tomorrow. The Pontiac G6 receives a minor facelift as a 2009½ model, with updated front and rear fascias and some interior tweaks. Those interior improvements bring the G6 up to par with its platform-mate brethren and include new trim bits, the standard GM radio (in a 2007 G6 I drove, the radio had this ridiculous ribbing on the dials -- a very 90s-Poncho feel), "all-new" (read: GM partsbin) HVAC controls, and an optional MY LINK communication package that includes Bluetooth, a dash-mounted USB port and related tech. You can also get a more attractive 2-tone interior with leather or cloth seats as an upgrade over the standard (and dreary) all-black treatment.

Underhood, the G6 Coupe is now available with the 4-cyl/6-speed powertrain combo, complete with paddle shifting. A flex-fuel 3.5L V6 is also available at no additional cost over the gas version in the full range of body styles, so the dozen G6 shoppers who also have access to actual E85 pumps should be enthused. The convertible's 3.9L V6 carries over and the 3.6L "high feature" V6, as before, is exclusive to the GXP. By the way, the GXP does not get any facelift love, and thus the infamous "Street Edition" remains ugly enough to stop every clock in a 132-mile radius.




[Source: Pontiac via finchannel.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Compared to a Kia Optima, Mitsubishi Galant, Chrysler Sebring/Dodge Avenger, the G6 is a much better choice.

      Now compared to a Toyota Camry, the G6 looks as a 90% in terms of size and volume, at least they way it looks. Put in better Toyota perceived reliability and quality and way much better resale value and the Camry is a better choice for most buyers, but for those who refuse to buy yet another Camry in the neighborhood the G6 is a decent alternative, although I would go for the Malibu or the Honda 5-Series clone, the new Accord.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WHY WHY WHY did they not put the 2.0L turbo 4cylinder in this car instead of that 3.6L v6! Just check out what it can do in the Cobalt SS and it gets decent mileage and tuners love turbos. Bad mistake to not use that engine. Performance and MPGs
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because then someone would complain that they have to put the recommended premium fuel in it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        1) No one would buy Saabs when you could get the same car for $10-15K less.
        2) Though the 2.0L Turbo is a better motor, its hard to sell the idea to buyers that a 4 cylinder is better than a 6 cylinder, It seems that the average American is an idiot when it comes to buying cars.
        3) The turbo, (at least the one in my Saab) needs 93 Octane to have the full potential.
        4) Mobile 1 oil changes are a tough pill to swallow for a mainstream vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not do anything the 'angry beaver' GXP?

      It is good that it has a 4 cylinder now. Too bad it doesn't look as good as the Malibu / Aura.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The G6 has always had a 4-cyl (I drove one a year or so ago).

        But now you can get the 6A with it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I always get a kick out of reading comments on these blogs from all the self-proclaimed auto and design experts.

      Since it was shown in pre-production car-show form, the G6 has been, and still is, a nice, clean form. The new front-end is a bit more busy, but overall, better looking. The overall form and the sides in particular, are still taught and trim, a complete turnaround from the Grand Am.

      A better interior and the 4 cylinder 6-speed combination make the G6 a much better car and will bump the EPA figures a bit too.

      If the car had a Toyota emblem on it, you guys would probably be falling all over yourselves praising it.

      It always amazes me how I hear conversations about being patriotic and supporting our troops and trying to help our economy and so forth, but when the conversation's over the talkers go out and drive away in their Camry or Accord.

      Oh, they'll tell you they bought them because everybody said they were better cars than what Detroit makes. The fact of the matter is there is very little difference in the quality of most cars these days.

      Keep buying those ricers and see where our economy and your 401K ends up.

      For the money, this is a very nice car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 for you. i have a feeling you have an american car like myself
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your post makes you a design expert, auto expert, and on top of that, economics expert as well. Are you getting a kick from reading your own post as well?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm afraid, buddy, that if it did have a Toyota emblem on it, people would hate it even more... its not the brand, its the fact that its ugly period.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I'm afraid, buddy, that if it did have a Toyota emblem on it, people would hate it even more... its not the brand, its the fact that its ugly period."

        The G6 isn't beautiful, but it isn't as ugly as the current Camry, Corolla, Accord, and Civic.

        The interior of the current G6, OTOH, leaves a lot to be desired. And it appears that GM has made an effort to address that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks o.k. with fog lights and kind of cheap with plastic inserts. The back of the coupe and sedan are still boring. How come no one has a problem with the Pontiac and Cadillac naming schemes but Lincoln's naming confuses them?
        • 6 Years Ago
        people complain about pontiac's naming system all the time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The sedan is improved, but still isn't good looking. The coupe is good, but look far better in dark colors.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The coupe and convertible are beautiful. The sedan not so much, but it isn't offensive. It's a pretty good car all around. My sister in law owns one and she was hit in the rear passenger side door and fender by a SEMI TRUCK doing 45 MPH. She not only lived to tell about it but got her car back from the shop in just two weeks with nary an indication of anything ever having been wrong with it. It's a solid car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In my opinion, the face lift doesn't do anything for this car. The exterior design was perfect as it was, it only needed a new interior. Another thing that bothered me about the G6 was the GXP, there is absolutely nothing that separates it performance wise from the rest of the competition.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I totally agree with with Jeffe. One of my cousin here in Canada owns a G6 sedan for almost a year now and has never had any trouble with the car.

      With the update, 4 cylinder and 6 speed for improved fuel economy, the car looks a lot better and more modern. This will probably help it gain some market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The coupe reminds me of a last-gen Accord Coupe. Not that that's a bad thing, just find it interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have an 07 G6 Convertible. It's given me 2 years and 25K miles of absolutely trouble free service. The only time it's been in a shop was for oil and filter changes. It's fun to drive, especially in the summer with the top down. In red, it's a good looking car.

      My guess is most of the people who trash them here have either never driven one, or have driven a G6 stripped down rental.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Allow me to join your contrarian crew, Jeff. I've driven and ridden in my aunt's G6 sedan. It's flawed in some ways, but overall its not a bad car. I'm not sure I would buy it new (as GM would love for me to do), but I know it's a steal as a certified pre-owned car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      its the all new first ever face lifted pontiac g6

      now were driving excitement


      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it looks a lot better than the current. The G5 facia works much better on the larger G6 IMO.
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