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Pontiac G3

The Pontiac G3 is a five-door, subcompact hatchback produced for one year only in 2009 before GM went bankrupt. After this year, the Pontiac brand discontinued, and the G3 earns distinction for having the shortest production of any Pontiac model. The Pontiac G3 shows great similarity to the Chevrolet Aveo, but this is hardly surprising as both can trace their heritage back to GM's Daewoo division in Korea.

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About the Pontiac G3

There really isn't very much to say about the Pontiac G3. Despite its diminutive size, it doesn't even benefit from decent fuel economy when compared to its larger competitors like the Honda Civic. It gives a lackluster performance and has little to make it stand out from the crowd.

Pontiac G3 Features

The Pontiac G3 began and ended production in 2009 and only ever came in a single trim level. Standard equipment includes a tilt steering column, fog lights, steel wheels, and a rear spoiler. It has air-conditioning and a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo complete with an auxiliary input jack. Optional extras include power windows, satellite radio, aluminum wheels, a sunroof, and cruise control.

It contains a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine capable of producing 106 hp and 105lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, but Pontiac offers an optional four-speed automatic transmission.

The interior of the Pontiac G3 has a nice design and uses decent quality materials with faux metallic accents. The air-conditioning proves easy to use, but the stereo has buttons rather than knobs, which makes it slightly more awkward to operate. Storage space grows to 42 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. However, with the rear seats up, it offers just 7.1 cubic feet of space behind them. The EPA rates fuel economy at 27/34 mpg city/highway.

This car provides a competent subcompact option, but seems unremarkable in every way. It gives an adequate ride and has reasonably responsive steering, but lacks power. For driving around cities and towns, the automatic transmission trumps the manual gearbox.

Some consumers don't rate this car very highly, and many report it needing major repairs within a very short time. Nevertheless, others like it, mainly because of its low cost.

Pontiac G3 Evolution

The Pontiac G3 was produced and sold for only one year in 2009. Its short-lived stint can be traced to the fact that GM went bankrupt in 2009. As a direct result, Pontiac met its demise, as did the G3. Despite the car’s disappointing power and repair problems, it did get the job done.

However, as a used model, it’s difficult to understand why consumers would even consider the G3. Besides being difficult to find on the used car lot, the G3’s unreliability and mediocre performance are sufficient enough to steer most consumers toward other, more dependable options.

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