in 2009 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $14,994 - $17,292
Original MSRP: $28,250 - $31,755
MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy
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2009 Pontiac G8 Interior

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Reviewers like the G8's simple, yet attractive cabin. While there's room for improvement, most critics agree that for this price-point the G8's fit and finish is good.

  • "Beyond good looks and powertrain potency, another pleasant surprise with this Pontiac is the G8's interior. The design is smart but clean, with upscale plastics (the dash top and upper door panel sections are of a nice rubberized-to-the-touch 'graphic' material, with many other surfaces of a BMW-like 'pebbled' texture)." -- Road and Track
  • "Purposeful and understated, the G8's spacious cabin reflects its athletic personality in charcoal and grey tones (or optional charcoal and red leather) set off by brushed-aluminum-look accents." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Understated cabin decor is assembled to a high standard. Surfaces are finished with price-appropriate materials." -- Consumer Guide


Auto writers find that the G8 provides comfortable and supportive seating for five average-size adults.

  • "Setting the tone is a cabin whose studied relationship among steering wheel, seat and pedals make it easy to find the optimal driving position." -- New York Times
  • "Seats are well bolstered and all-day comfortable, even for larger adults." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats are well bolstered, supportive, and comfortable, and there's plenty of room front and rear." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Passenger room is plentiful, particularly in back, where all but the largest riders will have space to spare. The rear center seat isn't so hospitable, however, as the wide center tunnel necessitated by the G8's rear-drive layout essentially eliminates legroom there." -- Edmunds
  • "[T]he front seats are very comfortable and supportive and feature good side bolstering - not too snug but you definitely know it's there. The G8's excellent packaging offers generous rear passenger space; occupants are treated to ample leg and knee room along with excellent head room and wide shoulder space." -- Road and Track
  • "Highlighting the G8's features are well-bolstered, power-adjustable front bucket seats that provide excellent comfort and support, whether covered in standard cloth or available leather. The expansive rear bench can easily and comfortably accommodate a pair of six-footers or take three average-sized adults on shorter treks..." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Though the G8 comes equipped with a long list of standard convenience features, critics complain that some of its controls are difficult to use and that a navigation system isn't even an option.

  • "Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are a welcome standard feature, but the thumb wheels lack positive feedback making it hard to effect precise changes. Two different stereo packages are available, though a navigation unit is noticeably absent from the options list." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "On the downside, a navigation system is unavailable despite the G8's navigation-sized LCD information screen. The dot-matrix digital readouts for battery life and oil pressure are also unfortunate, as is the lack of a redline indicator for the tachometer." -- Edmunds
  • "A sweet-sounding 11-speaker, 230-watt Blaupunkt AM/FM/CD player sound system with MP3 auxiliary jack comes standard." -- Road and Track
  • "While its standard OnStar system provides for proprietary hands-free calling and Turn-by-Turn navigation, there's no stand-alone navigation system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Major gauges are large and easy to read. Most controls are well marked and located, though power window, lock, and mirror controls are grouped together on the center console rather than the traditional on-door location. Audio controls stray from North American General Motors norm, taking considerable time to master." -- Consumer Guide


The 2009 G8 features 17.5 cubic-feet of trunk space, as well as plenty of in-cabin storage space. Though the G8's rear seats don't fold to increase cargo volume, it does feature a ski pass-through that makes carrying long items easier.

  • "The trunk is large and well shaped. The rear seatback does not fold down, but does offer a wide center pass-through for long items such as skis. Good interior storage includes glovebox, console bin, door pockets, and a useful cubby in front of the shifter." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The rear seats don't fold down, however, though a ski pass-through helps somewhat. The ample trunk offers 17.5 cubic feet of cargo volume." -- Edmunds
  • "[I]ts cavernous 17.5-cubic-feet trunk handles suitcases and golf bags with equal ease." -- Kelley Blue Book

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