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2009 Pontiac G3 Hatchback

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Pontiac G3 Hatchback

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.

What's new for 2009?

The G3 is an all-new model in Pontiac's lineup--and the new lowest-priced offering from GM's sport-oriented brand.

Model Strengths

  • Spacious interior
  • maneuverability and city-friendly size
  • extensive warranty

Model Review

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.

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Source: The Car Connection

At TheCarConnection.com, we have small-car experts who have studied the 2009 Pontiac G3 to compile this evaluation. This review also compares the 2009 Pontiac G3 with the best competitors in the class. Our review of reports from a range of respected automotive Web sites adds to the information we give you to make an informed purchase decision.

The 2009 Pontiac G3 is the twin to the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 hatchback. The G3 costs approximately $2,000 more than the base Aveo5 because of the G3's higher level of standard equipment, but mechanically the cars are identical. The Pontiac G3 is a front-wheel-drive subcompact that's available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. This was to be Pontiac's smallest car, and it was for several months until General Motors decided to discontinue the Pontiac brand. The G3 will only be sold for one model year, 2009.

The new G3 looks like the new Aveo5 hatchback and even includes the silly vent in the front fender (just like the Chevy). The change from Chevrolet to Pontiac was made by grafting on a Pontiac dual-port grille in place of the Chevy "bow tie," swapping out the badges, and altering bits of interior trim. The 2009 Pontiac G3 is built in South Korea by GM Daewoo alongside the two Aveo models.

Inside, the cabin has five seat belts, and after putting some miles on several Aveo models, we know that the Pontiac G3 will keep most customers happy using four of them. If only two are seated in the back row, there won't be too much complaining. Seating three in the back would be tight. The rear bench has theater-style seating for better exterior visibility and a 60/40 split for cargo flexibility. Storage and convenience bins are found all over the interior, and some higher-end features like cruise control, XM, and a large sunroof are also optional. Cars from General Motors often have one of the best XM radio setups, but the 2009 G3's radio controls are missing a tuning knob found on most other GM vehicles.

The 2009 Pontiac G3 uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 106 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. Transmissions and chassis components are also similar. EPA mileage is 27/34 mpg for models with a five-speed manual transmission and 25/34 mpg with a four-speed automatic. MacPherson struts, a torsion-beam rear, and a short 97.7-inch wheelbase all conspire to make the G3 a lackluster handler with a hoppy ride. Over 70 mph, the Aveo models we drove felt nervous and we expect the same from a G3. Fourteen-inch wheels are standard, while 15-inchers (and anti-lock brakes) are optional.

Regarding safety, the 2009 Pontiac G3 includes four airbags: two front and two side units (also for the front occupants). ABS remains optional. We like the height-adjustable front shoulder belts because of the extra comfort they provide. Scores for the Pontiac should equal those of the Aveo5; in federal crash tests it scores dual five-star ratings for frontal impacts and dual four-star tallies for side impacts. GM's OnStar is also standard, offering an extra measure of safety not found in other competitors. The IIHS has not tested a G3.

Compared to many low-priced cars, the 2009 Pontiac G3 is well equipped. Features such as air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, rear-window defroster, AM/FM/CD audio system with an aux input jack for an iPod or other device, fog lamps, intermittent windshield wipers, and OnStar are all standard. Options include cruise control, power heated outside rearview mirrors, XM Satellite Radio, and remote keyless entry. Larger wheels (15 inches, up from 14 inches) are also available. General Motors (now that Pontiac will be phased out) continues to back 2009 G3 with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, plus a five-year/100,000-mile warranty on the powertrain.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Pontiac G3 is an example of the model proliferation that hurt GM for decades. It's a decent but not terrific subcompact.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Opt
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Pontiac Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2010 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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