Spacious interior; maneuverability and city-friendly size; extensive warranty
Fuel efficiency, space efficiency and value for the money are all factors central to the G3's appeal. The G3 will go on sale late in the 2009 model year and, although priced higher than the Aveo, will come with many more standard features and a sportier character inside and out to take on rivals like the Honda Fit and Scion xD. GM's five-year, 100,000-mile warranty and three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranties are standard.
A 1.6-liter four-cylinder is the only engine offered in the front-wheel-drive G3, and comes mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Even though the engine only has 106 horsepower, it's refined and powerful enough with either transmission to move the 2500-pound G3.
Top fuel economy is expected as well for such a small car. EPA estimates are 27 mpg city and 34 highway with the manual transmission.
The interior of the G3 is its strong point; it's quite spacious for its exterior size; there's room for five, with accommodations for three in back--provided they're narrow enough in shoulders and hips--thanks to elevated, "theater" seating. Pontiac says that it has the best shoulder and hip room in its class. The back seat is also split 60/40 and folds forward to expand the cargo space to 42 cubic feet.
The G3 rides on a suspension that incorporates MacPherson struts in front and a trailing-arm setup in back; Pontiac promises a sporty, fun-to-drive character for the G3, and that it is tuned to be firmer and more responsive than the Chevrolet Aveo. Maneuverability is also the G3's forte; small outward dimensions and good visibility yield a car that's very easy to parallel park.
Initially, the G3 will only be offered in one trim level, including a wider range of standard equipment than the lowest-priced small cars. Air conditioning, a rear defogger and wiper and a six-speaker, MP3-compatible CD sound system are all standard. Front side airbags are also included on the G3, but anti-lock brakes are optional and electronic stability control isn't available.
Highlights of the G3's extensive feature list include remote keyless entry, power heated mirrors, larger alloy wheels, a sunroof and XM Satellite Radio. A Sport Package spices the G3 up in appearance if not performance, adding painted aluminum wheels and leather trim inside and a Cruisin' Package brings cruise control and steering-wheel audio controls.
The G3 is an all-new model in Pontiac's lineup--and the new lowest-priced offering from GM's sport-oriented brand.
Vehicle Price: 15,055.00
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