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in 2009 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,950 - $12,988
Original MSRP: $20,490 - $32,300
MPG: 22 City / 33 Hwy
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2009 Pontiac G6 Interior

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The passenger cabin of the 2009 Pontiac G6 leaves reviewers unimpressed. It offers plenty of space, but disappoints with cheap materials, hard plastics and a level of fit and finish that trails most imports and its more recent GM cousins.   

  • "The Pontiac G6 cabin is a bleak place, with an uninspired design constructed of cheap black plastic." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin has an abundance of hard plastic surfaces, with overall material quality that significantly trails those of most midsize rivals." -- Consumer Guide
  • "As a whole the interior is uninspiring." -- Road and Track

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Seating

Few reviewers have anything negative to say about the seats of the Pontiac G6. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, and the rear offers a surprising amount of legroom, making it realistic to fit four adults in the car.

  • "Interior space is OK, but there's more to be found in GM's related Chevy Malibu sedan -- particularly rear headroom, which can be cramped in the G6 sedan." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are softer than in many rivals and are short on long-distance support. Our testers are divided on how well the seats hold occupants in place during fast cornering." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's easy to find a good driving position with a manually adjustable steering column that both tilts and telescopes." -- Road and Track
  • "The front seats were comfortable and had a lot of adjustment." -- The Auto Channel
  • "The backseat passengers are the big winners, with surprisingly generous legroom (due to the long wheelbase), and windows that roll all the way down." --  Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The controls and gauges of the 2009 Pontiac G6 seem well-placed to most reviewers, and several praise its panoramic roof option. But cheap materials ultimately make the cabin a letdown. Now that most reviewers have seen the 2009 Chevy Malibu, they can't help but say that GM could do much better on the G6.

  • "Gauges are clear and lit in red. The audio and climate controls are easy to reach and use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The stereo and climate controls feature small buttons and smaller readouts that look like recycled bits from eight years ago -- they aren't the same as the user-friendly units found in most other GM vehicles." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The trunk of the 2009 Pontiac G6 falls well behind what's now common in its class. At 14 cubic feet, it's small, but reviewers also say the trunk's opening is inadequate, making it difficult to load.

  • "Narrow trunk has a small opening and tall liftover, but its hinges don't intrude on cargo space. Coupe and sedan have rear seatbacks that fold almost flat and have hard plastic backs. Interior storage is just OK." - Consumer Guide
  • The trunk's "opening is small and the liftover height to clear the bulging rear bumper is substantial." -- Autobytel

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