2009 Pontiac G8 GXP Review and Price

This is a driver’s car, pure and simple. One that you can cart the kids around in, or your largest hockey goalie gear in the monstrous trunk it possesses, and still get to 60mph in under 5.5 seconds. It handles wonderful for such a big, heavy car thanks to the 50/50 weight distribution and stops on a dime. Well, maybe a couple of dimes.

Don’t buy one for the creature comforts–it doesn’t have much beyond the basics (seat heaters, XM radio, dual climate control). But if you like to drive, and want a car that amenable to a family, this is the car for you. Keep in mind, however, that while they may be cheap to acquire, they’re on the high side for maintenance costs. Let’s not talk about gas mileage either. You don’t buy one of these for gas mileage.

I drive mine year round in upstate NY. Put winter tires on this thing and as long as you don’t hit deep snow (be wary of more than 12″, as the car is very low to the ground), the car handles great. The electronic nanny does a great job of keeping the car true in slippery venues. Come warmer months, slap on summer tires and have some fun.

Reliability: only typical GM issues for me have been the glove box lock, the emergency lights button, and the trunk liner pins. Mechanically, the car is sound and should serve you well if you care for it.

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP. X09PN_G8007 (United States)

Final note: don’t settle for the V6 version. The standard G8 is still a fine car, but you really want a V8. And a Solo cat-back. It’s too quiet, stock.

EPA Classification  Large Sedan
MPG/MPGe  20 Highway / 13 City
Engine  Gas V8 6.2L/- TBD –
Transmission  Automatic w/OD
Drive Train  Rear Wheel Drive
Seating  5
Horsepower  415
Dealer Suggested Retail 
$24,225.00 Used
Private Party Value 
$23,375.00 Used

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