The 2006 Pontiac G6 is a midsize car manufactured by GM Motors under the Pontiac brand. Built on the GM Epsilon platform, the first generation Pontiac G6 debuted in 2004 to replace the Grand Am. The Pontiac G6 initially came in two trim levels: base sedan and GT.
Body Styles: Convertible, Coupe, Sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6, 3.9-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, four-speed shiftable automatic
Models: G6, G6 GT, G6 GTP
General Motors introduces several new changes to the Pontiac G6 in 2006, including two new body styles: the two-door coupe and a hardtop convertible. Apart from the two new body styles, the company adds two new trim levels for the sedan: a base sedan equipped with a four-cylinder engine, for those with a limited budget, and a GTP trim with increased performance due to the 240-horsepower V-6 engine, six-speed manual transmission, and stability control.
The 2006 Pontiac G6 shares its architecture with the Saab 9-3, which is also a GM-owned automotive brand. It also shares some similarities with the Chevrolet Malibu. The Pontiac G6 adopts a sportier design philosophy, which portrays a heavy European influence. The Pontiac G6 comes in three models: sedan, coupe, and convertible. The car takes a bold approach to style. The convertible features a retractable hardtop that closes and opens within 30 seconds at the touch of a button.
The Pontiac G6 interior design looks impressive. The seating feels comfortable and stylish. The side bolsters in the seats hold you in place during tight cornering. GM uses plenty of metal-looking accents and chrome to brighten up the interior of the Pontiac G6. However, the plastics used in the dash and console look cheap, and the quality of materials used in the interior falls below par. The rear seat room feels quite big and comfortable in all models. Pontiac embeds its signature font in the gauge showcase, and the cluster of chrome rings adds to the beauty of the instrument panel.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Pontiac G6 sedan contains a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine, generating 167 horsepower. The company also offers an optional 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with 201 horsepower. All GT models of Pontiac G6 have a standard V-6 engine mated with a four-speed automatic transmission. The GTP models employ a 3.9-liter, V-6 engine that produces 240 horsepower and is mated with standard four-speed automatic transmission or an optional six-speed manual transmission. The fuel-efficient, 3.5-liter V-6 generates enough torque for easy passing and merging. The new 3.9-liter, V-6 engine with a six-speed manual transmission satisfies the driving thrill expected by enthusiasts.
GM provides a good list of safety features in all 2006 Pontiac G6 models. The standard list of safety features includes ventilated front-disc and solid rear-disc brakes, two front and rear headrests, an emergency interior trunk release, front and rear height-adjustable headrests, daytime running lights, an engine immobilizer, dusk-sensing headlamps, and auto-delay headlamps.
EPA Fuel Economy
G6: 21/31 mpg city/highway
G6 GT Sedan: 19/26 mpg city/highway
G6 GTP Sedan: 16/24 mpg city/highway
G6 GT Coupe: 19/26 mpg city/highway
G6 GTP Coupe: 16/24 mpg city/highway
G6 GT Convertible: 17/25 mpg city/highway
G6 GTP Convertible: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Driver-oriented cockpit
- Quiet operation
- Automatic transmission
- Panoramic sunroof in sedan
- Huge rear seat
- Sport-tuned suspension
- Fuel-efficient V-6 engines
- Power hardtop on the convertible
You Won't Like
- Sedan recalls past GM models
- Some confusing controls
- Scant rear headroom due to panoramic sunroof
- Excessive steering effort under some driving conditions
- Cheap interior plastics
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