2007 G6 New Car Test Drive
The Pontiac G6 is a mid-size car available as sleek two-door coupe, a dramatic folding hardtop convertible, and an attractive four-door sedan.
After driving a G6 GT sedan, a GT Convertible, and a GTP coupe, we have found the G6 models have good road manners even when driven hard, benefits of the long wheelbase and European-designed architecture.
The G6 sedan is roomy and plush with excellent overall function and its price point has made it a popular choice as a mid-size sedan. The coupe is comfortable and sporty. For a real open-top experience, the convertible features one of the longest retractable hardtop roofs in production.
The G6 offers some interesting features. It can be started remotely from the comfort of your home by pressing a button on the key fob, a luxury on bitter cold winter mornings or sweltering summer afternoons. A Panoramic roof is available on sedans, with panels that slide rearward creating a sunroof large enough for the back seat riders to enjoy an open-air experience.
New for 2007, the GTP sedan features a 3.6-liter V6 with variable valve timing and a six-speed automatic transmission. Hydraulic power steering is standard on all GT models, and head curtain side-impact airbags are standard on G6 sedan and coupe. G6 also gets 17-inch five-spoke, high-vent wheels for 2007, and a standard interior rearview electrochromic mirror with compass display. New exterior color options for 2007 include Blue-Gold Crystal Metallic and Dark Gray Steel Metallic.
The mission of the Pontiac G6 is to beat the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Mazda6 on value, a proposition bolstered by lower prices. While the G6 doesn't offer the refinement or attention to detail of its Japanese rivals, it's an alternative worth considering for shoppers in the mid-size car market. Buyers have plenty of body styles and options to choose from under the Pontiac G6 nameplate.
The 2007 Pontiac G6 sedan comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Standard features on the Special Value model ($17,245) include air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, AM/FM/CD player, variable intermittent wipers, tachometer, theft-deterrent system, and 16-inch steel wheels with 215/60R16 tires. The base model ($18,800) adds cruise control, remote keyless entry and 17-inch steel wheels with 225/50R17 tires.
The GT sedan ($22,380), GT coupe ($22,150), and GT convertible ($28,750) come standard with a 3.5-liter V6, ABS, and 17-inch wheels and tires. Interior upgrades include a four-way adjustable driver's seat with power height adjustment and a 200-watt Monsoon premium sound system.
The GTP sedan ($24,650) and GTP coupe ($24,450) feature a special 3.6-liter V6 engine with VVT and six-speed automatic transmission.
Options include XM Satellite Radio ($199), adjustable pedals ($125), remote starter system ($190), heated front seats ($250) and more. Option packages are available to personalize the car.
Safety features that come on all models include driver and passenger front airbags (the passenger side airbag features occupant detection) and seatbelts with pretensioners. New standard safety features for 2007 are side-impact air bags and head curtain airbags for G6 sedan and coupe models. Anti-lock brakes packaged with traction control are standard on GT and GTP models (optional on base models). What kind of traction control you get depends on the trim level. Basic traction assist is available on the base model, full-spectrum traction control on the GT, and traction control with the GM/Delphi Stabilitrak chassis control system will be available on the GTP. OnStar ($695) is an excellent safety feature for its ability to summon help. We recommend opting for all this stuff.