The 2008 Pontiac G6 is the fourth year of production for this four-door sedan, and with this year, more improvements are added that make it one of the best alternative sedans on the market. Style, class, features, and drivability make the 2008 Pontiac G6 a solid choice.
Body Styles: four-door sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6, 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic transmission, six-speed automatic with manual shift capability.
Models: Pontiac G6 Value Leader, Pontiac G6, Pontiac G6 GT, Pontiac G6 GXP Pontiac G6 GT coupe, Pontiac G6 GXP coupe, Pontiac G6 GT convertible
Last year, the Pontiac G6 received a large amount of power and mechanical changes that brought it up to speed with the rest of the sedan market. This year, cosmetic changes seem to be the focus. The 2008 Pontiac G6 has some new trim lines and features to choose from. New standard features include side airbags, and anti-lock brakes on all trim lines. The GXP trim line is now available, but this is a rehash of last year’s GTP trim.
The 2008 Pontiac G6 is available in three different body types. A four-door sedan model is available in the Value Leader, Base, GT and GXP trim lines. A two-door coupe version is available in a GT and GXP model. Finally, a GT convertible is also available. The Value Leader model comes with 16-inch wheels, while the base comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. The GT receives an upgraded sport-tuned suspension. The top-of-the-line GXP models get 18-inch chrome wheels and a rear spoiler on the sedan. The GT convertible has a retractable hardtop.
The 2008 Pontiac G6’s interior is quite nice. Seats have practically bullet-proof styling. It's side-bolstered to keep the seats and occupants from moving back and forth during hard turns. The console has a signature red-glow on all the instruments, and the instruments are well placed. There is a lot of chrome and brushed metal throughout the cabin, giving the vehicle a classy feel. Unfortunately, there are some plastics and other materials that feel a bit below its class. However, there is a lot of room to make up for this, due to the long wheelbase.
The GT convertible has a convenient and easy-to-use hardtop. One press of a button, and the two-section top folds up in less than 30 seconds. Luggage capacity shrinks from 12.6 cubic feet to a tiny 2.2 cubes. The sedans have 14 cubic feet, if extra space is needed. Some of the standard features include air-conditioning, power accessories, manual driver’s seat adjustments on the base models and power adjustments on higher models, and a 60/40-split back seat.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Pontiac G6 comes equipped with one of three engines. The Value leader and the G6 sedans come equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 164 horsepower with 158 lb-ft of torque. Standard on the GT and optional on the sedan models is a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 219 horsepower with 219 lb-ft of torque. The convertible’s V-6 engine has a downgraded horsepower at 217. The GXP models receive a 3.6-liter V-6 that creates 252 horsepower with 251 lb-ft of torque. Most of the 2008 Pontiac G6 models drive perfectly fine. The electric power steering on the Value Leader and base G6 models remains a bit numb and does not provide a lot of feedback to the driver. The hydraulic power steering on the GT and GXP models feels a lot more confident. The sport models are fun to drive and have a lot of confidence in big turns without a lot of body roll.
The 2008 Pontiac G6 comes with standard four-wheel ABS. All models except the GXP and convertible come with integrated traction control; the GXP and convertible models get stability control instead. Full-length head-curtain and side-curtain airbags come standard with the coupes and sedans. The sedan and coupe models received a perfect five-star rating in government crash tests for front and rear passengers.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac G6 Sedan Base, Value Leader: 22/30 mpg city/highway
Pontiac G6 Sedan GT, GXP: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Pontiac G6 Coupe GT, GXP: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Pontiac G6 Convertible GT: 17/26 mpg city/highway
- Stylish and spacious cabin
- Great V-6 options
- Responsive tuning
- The hardtop convertible option
You Won't Like
- Subpar plastic materials
- Numb steering
- Brake power
A performance alternative to the competition.
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