While the compact G5 shares its platform and general body configuration with its GM stable-mate, the Chevy Cobalt, it comes in two trim levels. We drove the GT version that adds several aesthetic and performance additions to the design of the 5-passenger Coupe. Most noticeable are the high rear wing, sport fascias and rocker moldings, fog lamps and the 17-inch aluminum painted wheels. Our test car also came from the factory with the optional "Sun and Sound Package" that includes a sun roof and up-rated sound system.
Under the hood, the G5 GT Coupe comes equipped with a 2.4 Liter DOHC engine that produces 173 horsepower and 163 pounds feet of torque while delivering EPA numbers of 25 City/34 Highway.
The GT comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission but our test car was equipped with the optional 4-speed automatic and the disc/drum brake configuration that comes on the G5 was replaced with 4-wheel ABS equipped disc brakes that also include traction control.
Interior appointments are what one would expect in this price class with cloth buckets up front and a split 60/40 rear bench seat that folds to allow access to the 13.9 cubic foot of cargo space in the trunk. The GT comes with an adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote buttons for the cruise control and the premium Pioneer 7-speaker audio system that includes in-dash 6-disc CD changer, XM Satellite Radio and MP3 player.
Keeping occupants safer are the standard dual-stage front and optional head side-curtain air bags throughout.
All Pontiac vehicles come with a three year/36,000 mile warranty for the entire vehicle with an additional 5-year/100,000 mile power train warranty including 24/7 towing and courtesy transportation.
The MSRP for the base G5 is $15,390 with our nicely optioned GT carrying a sticker of $20,520.
So, if you can picture a compact coupe sitting in your driveway, you should put the G5 on your shortlist for further consideration.