The Pontiac G5 is a four-door sedan or two-door coupe and was replaced the Pontiac Sunfire in the lineup. The front-wheel-drive, front-engine layout was equipped with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder and 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The G5 is considered a semi-sporty midrange compact, moderately dependable and with a fair amount of features compared to its competitors. The 2007 G5 models were available only in the coupe two-door style. The 2007 models received a makeover with a new look and some new features. However, the Pontiac brand was discontinued by GM after the 2009 models hit the market; it was replaced by the Chevrolet Cruze and Cobalt in the United States.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 148-hp, 2.2-liter four-cylinder; 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive
Models: Pontiac G5 coupe, Pontiac G5 GT coupe
The Pontiac G5 is nearly a replica of the Chevrolet Cobalt coupe for the 2007 model. The only things that are different are its grille, the platform, and its Pontiac namesake.
The 2007 Pontiac G5’s front features a double cut-out grille with the Pontiac logo. Its narrow profile is typical of sedans with a gradual incline from the hood to the cockpit and a smooth decline to the rear. The rear spoiler is standard on all of the models, along with steel wheels instead of allow. The upgraded GT model has 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and fog lamps. All models have a semi-independent rear suspension.
The 2007 Pontiac G5 seats five, which is somewhat crowded for three adults in the backseat. The controls are located on a vertical stack in the center. It has a three-spoke steering wheel with the Pontiac logo. The instruments have chrome trim, but the controls still have a somewhat cheap-looking appearance. Some of the standard equipment includes power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, air, and a CD stereo with an input that can support different types of MP3 players. The GT model gets a leather steering wheel that contains the audio controls and options like heated leather seats, remote start, moonroof, and upgraded sound system.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Pontiac G5 uses a common and reliable Ecotec inline-four-cylinder used on several GM models. The two available engine types include the 148-hp 2.2-liter four-cylinder on the base model, which can produce 152 lb-ft of torque, and a 173-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder on the GT models, which can produce 163 lb-ft of torque. The five-speed manual transmission is standard on both models with the option of a four-speed automatic.
Acceleration is only moderate, and both engines might struggle during high-speed passing. The bigger engine merges fine onto most highways, but the smaller engine may struggle as well. The G5 doesn’t offer a larger top-end engine many of its competitors offer, but the two engines available perform around average within its class. Handling is responsive and so is the optional automatic transmission. The G5 is a convenient vehicle for city driving and easy to park even in tight spots.
The required front driver and passenger airbags are standard on all 2007 Pontiac G5 models. Also standard are four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes on the GT version. Disc/drum brakes with ABS optional are available for the base model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac G5: 22/31 mpg city/highway
- Number of standard features
- High front crash-test ratings
- Quiet ride
- Attractive interior
- Responsive automatic transmission
You Won't Like
- Nearly identical exterior to the Chevrolet Cobalt
- Crowded backseat
- Loud exhaust
- Controls have a low-quality appearance
Reliable car with plenty of features and very affordable in its class.
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