2008 G6 New Car Test Drive
The Pontiac G6 is a midsize car available as sleek two-door coupe, a dramatic folding hardtop convertible, and an attractive four-door sedan. They offer a choice of V6s, and the sedan is available with a four-cylinder engine.
We find the G6 GT models have good road manners even when driven hard, benefits of the long wheelbase and European-designed architecture. This is based on test drives of the G6 GT sedan, GT Convertible, and GXP coupe.
The price point makes the Pontiac G6 a popular choice as a mid-size sedan and we've found it roomy and plush with excellent overall function. The coupe is comfortable and sporty. And 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.
For 2008, the GTP sedan has been renamed the GXP. It features the same 252-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine with variable valve timing and six-speed automatic transmission. Additions for 2008 include a sport-tuned suspension, modified front and rear fascias, dual chrome exhaust tips and a leather interior.
For 2008, OnStar, side airbags and anti-lock brakes are standard equipment on all models. GT and GXP models come with XM Satellite Radio and an auxiliary input jack for iPod and other MP3 players. New 18-inch wheels are available for the GT convertible. A Street Edition is available, with hood scoops and spoiler.
The G6 was designed to offer a strong value among midsize cars, and we think it's an alternative worth considering.
The G6 sedan comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Standard features on the Special Value model ($18,765) include air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power windows, door locks, andmirrors, stereo with CD player, OnStar, and 16-inch wheels with 215/60R16 tires. The base model ($20,290) adds cruise control, remote keyless entry and 17-inch wheels with 225/50R17 tires.
The GT sedan ($23,100), GT coupe ($23,100), and GT convertible ($30,210) come with a 3.5-liter V6 and. interior upgrades that include a four-way adjustable driver's seat with power height adjustment and a 200-watt Monsoon premium sound system.
The GXP sedan ($26,960) and GXP coupe ($26,755) feature a six-speed automatic transmission, sport-tuned suspension, modified front and rear fascias, dual chrome exhaust tips and a leather interior.
Options include adjustable pedals ($125), remote starter system ($190), and heated front seats ($250). The Preferred Package ($495) includes a cargo net, remote vehicle start, front and rear carpeted floor mats, trunk cargo net, leather-wrapped brake handle and shift knob, steering-wheel mounted audio controls and leather wrapped steering wheel. The Premium Package ($1,475) upgrades with leather-appointed front bucket seats (GT), leather-appointed front bucket seats with two-tone leather inserts (GXP), six-way driver seat adjuster (GT), heated driver and front passenger seats, remote vehicle start system, cargo net, front and rear carpeted floor mats and power adjustable pedals; and a Sun and Sound Package ($1,100), featuring a stereo with six-disc CD changer and power sunroof. Street Edition packages for the GT ($1,590) and GXP ($990) add hood scoops and spoilers.
Safety features that come on all models include driver and passenger frontal and side-impact airbags and ABS with traction control. OnStar is standard on all models, an excellent safety feature thanks to its ability to summon help.