We recommend all-season tires for drivers who must face wintry weather but don't want to maintain two sets of tires. The key fob if applicable , should also be removed from the key ring. The engine pushes out more ponies and is more efficient as well, with the base version rated at 25 mpg city and 37 mpg on the highway. Contrary to what you might have heard, General Motors is building many competitive cars these days — but the Pontiac G5 is not one that will lift the company out of its current predicament. Show full review Contrary to what you might have heard, General Motors is building many competitive cars these days — but the Pontiac G5 is not one that will lift the company out of its current predicament. It is an excellent location, however, for parcels. With its more stylish twin-port grille leading the way, the G5 is stuck with the same strengths and weaknesses.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. Based on two model-years' worth of owner surveys, Consumer Reports predicts reliability for a new G5 to be average. For 2009, fuel efficiency has been improved. We view it as a primarily a two-seater, with the capability of carrying a couple more people in a pinch. We found the G5 four-speed transmission downshifted quickly when we slammed the throttle down, and it held the gear until just past 5000 rpm. An interim notification was issued to owners of 2007 and earlier models on March 10, 2014, informing them of the safety defect.
They noted that other rivals in the class had nicer interiors and more standard features, and that the front seats needed more cushioning. Rear wheel travel, at 126. For 2009, both are powered by the same 2. News Best Cars Staff January 4, 2016 The 2009 Pontiac G5 offers good fuel economy and a comfortable ride, but rivals in the class beat it with more interior refinement or better performance. With any coupe, interior space and passenger capacity are compromised for sporty styling, and that's the case here. Pontiac describes the G5 as a five-passenger car, but limited rear legroom makes carrying five adults a serious challenge.
Inexpensive cars need not feel cheap these days, but the G5. The road noise and texture radiates from the front end in to the passenger compartment but the more than adequate stereo drown out most of the road noise. Basic Styling Longer but narrower than its competitors, the G5 is the same basic shape that made the Cobalt initially attractive and later forgettable. Suspension tuning for each model, including steering feel, spring rate and stabilizer bar diameter, is precisely tuned to provide distinct driving and handling characteristics. Walkaround no mistaking the G5 for anything but a Pontiac. In our testing the Cobalt was quick, but engine refinement and fuel economy were unimpressive. Recall Date 2014-02-10 Description This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system.
It's roughly identical to the Chevy Cobalt, a car that's getting long in the tooth. The G5's electric power steering creates a light steering wheel that turns effortlessly. But the car can't drum up the sort of refinement you'll get even in Ford's underwhelming new Focus coupe, much less a two-door Honda Civic or Scion tC. Notification to owners began on on November 21, 2012. The G5's value is questionable, particularly compared to better-equipped alternatives like the Civic and tC, and overall refinement considerably trails both.
G5 standard and available features The base G5 is well-equipped with standard features including air conditioning; OnStar; power windows and door locks; remote keyless entry, carpeted floor mats; and four cupholders two in front, two in rear. The key fob if applicable , should also be removed from the key ring. Save some cash and stick with cloth; I spent a week driving a leather-equipped Cobalt a while back, and its cowhide lacks the upscale quality of the optional leather in the Civic, Corolla and Mazda3. So far only two components have failed in the vehicle: the traction control module after 500mi electronics and a front wheel bearing at 93k mi. Since it's American, parts are cheap, too. The dash is shrouded in hard, shiny plastics, complete with visible panel gaps and an old-school cutout for the passenger's front airbag. For 2009, all G5 models come with an improved 2.
The G5 is front-wheel drive. The pedal was firm, but it was easy to slow the car either a little or a lot. Although Pontiac is being phased out, there are probably some G5s left on dealer lots. The steering is tight, however. Inexpensive cars need not feel cheap these days, but the G5 does.
Test drivers said the Rabbit is pretty fun to drive, though its fuel economy ratings are low for the class. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300. Defined steering response and improved cornering agility with decreased body roll are created by the direct-acting front stabilizer bar that connects to each strut. I average 30mpg during my commute and I don't drive gently. New standard equipment for 2009 includes OnStar and a passenger-sensing system that complements the standard dual-stage front airbags.
Interior Features Inside the Pontiac G5 is a nice cabin. Pontiac has added more standard equipment for the past two years. Others find it slightly confining. The recall began on April 18, 2014. Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the plastic supply or return port on the fuel pump module may crack, which could cause a fuel leak. The Civic feels about as quick, but that's partly the result of its touchy accelerator pedal. A rear spoiler is standard, but too many black plastic details — particularly the bumper cutouts that house the optional fog lights — give the car a low-rent look.