The G6 and the G8 go head to head

2009, Pontiac, G6

After a recent test drive of the Pontiac G8, we were slightly underwhelmed. We followed that up with a test of the Pontiac G6 that left us pleasantly overwhelmed.

Why the difference?

We found the G8 to be a little less comfortable than we would have liked and its power fell short of what we expected.

With the G6, however, we were surprised at the abundant comfort and its more than adequate power.

Sure, the G6 is smaller, but it felt as if it had more functional space inside.

And the G8 we drove had a V-6 engine. The G6 had a four banger that felt nearly as powerful.

We were equally impressed by the overall driveability of the G6.

It was fun and sporty, living up to the billing that Pontiac sets for itself as a performance brand.

The 2.4-liter engine posts impressive fuel economy numbers: 22 mpg city, 33 highway, according to EPA.

The six-speed automatic transmission went through its progressions nicely and never seemed to strain the engine in any gear.

The touring suspension was rigid and, compared again with the G8, seemed to have the ability to induce a few more thrills as it took on curves in the road.

To be fair, our G6 tester came with an optional sport package that included stability control that might have enhanced its performance.

The G8 we tested did not have that option.

From an appearance standpoint, the G6 scored highly as well.

On more than a couple of occasions, we caught people paying a little extra attention to it as it pulled in to parking lots or stopped at traffic lights.

The sloping lines, 17-inch custom spoke wheels and rear spoiler are nice touches that dress up the looks of the G6.

The interior was also neatly arranged, with a dashboard design befitting that of a sports car.

Other options on our test car included the sun and sound package a sunroof and AM/FM stereo with XM satellite radio.

Even loaded up as nicely as this G6 was, the sticker price came in at a very reasonable $23,580.

We hope to renew this Pontiac sibling rivalry we've started by getting a stint behind the wheel of a G8 equipped with a V-8 engine, which would likely give a boost to its fun-to-drive factor.

But until then, our scoreboard now reads G6 1, G8 0.

By Rob Douthit

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Images of the 2009, Pontiac G6

2009 Pontiac G6 front view
2009 Pontiac G6 front view
2009 Pontiac G6 interior
2009 Pontiac G6 interior
2009 Pontiac G6 gauge display
2009 Pontiac G6 gauge display
2009 Pontiac G6 rear shot
2009 Pontiac G6 rear shot