There's no missing the 2009 G6's Pontiac family resemblance. The traditional split front grille traces its lineage back nearly six decades to the early 1950s.
The 2009 Pontiac G6 is a carryover design from 2008. It's available in sedan and coupe models, as well as the retractable hardtop convertible like the one we drove.
The G6's impressive retractable steel top folds and stows neatly beneath the rear trunk lid. The transformation from coupe to convertible is done in less than 30 seconds...all with the push of a single button.
There are four engine choices: a 164 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4 found on the Base sedan, a 3.5 liter V-6 producing 219 horsepower and 219 pound feet of torque found in the GT sedans and coupes, an up-rated 3.6-liter V6 found in the GXP sedans and coupes that produces 252 horsepower and 251 pound feet of torque... and, available in the GT convertible, a 3.9 liter V6 that cranks out 227 horsepower and 235 pound feet of torque. Either a four-speed or six-speed automatic is available with most setups offering driver shift mode. Power is sent to the front wheels.
EPA estimated fuel economy ranges from 15 miles per gallon city with the 3.9-liter engine, up to 30 miles per gallon highway with the in-line four.
The GT "Sport Package" that we tested includes the largest engine, 18-inch alloy wheels and Pontiac's "StabiliTrak" vehicle handling system that modulates throttle and braking input to maintain control on slick surfaces.
Four-wheel discs with ABS and traction control provide braking for all models in the G6 line-up.
The G6's well-appointed interior provides ample room for four adults. A leather wrapped steering wheel with controls for the audio system that includes Satellite radio, 6-disc-in-dash-CD changer and a high performance 8-speaker sound system is available. Front and side impact airbags are standard.
Base MSRP for the 2009 Pontiac G6 is $19,645. A fully equipped GT convertible will cost just under $34,000.
All Pontiac G6's come with an excellent 5 year, 100,000 mile transferrable power train warranty that includes roadside assistance and has no deductible.
With a well-designed cabin, plenty of creature comforts and a best in class warranty, the 2009 Pontiac G6 is a solid performer and strong competitor in the mid-size car market.