Compare Pontiac G5 vs. Hyundai Elantra vs. Volkswagen Rabbit

Compare the Pontiac G5 against the Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Rabbit. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the G5, Elantra and Rabbit stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new G5, Elantra and Rabbit. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2009 Pontiac G5 2009 Hyundai Elantra 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
2009 Pontiac G5 2009 Hyundai Elantra 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
G5 Coupe
  • G5 Coupe
  • G5 GT
4dr Sdn Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn Man SE
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SE PZEV
4dr HB Auto S
  • 2dr HB Man S
  • 2dr HB Man S PZEV
  • 2dr HB Auto S
  • 2dr HB Auto S PZEV
  • 4dr HB Auto S
  • 4dr HB Auto S PZEV


MSRP $16,980 $14,120 $19,340
Invoice $16,216 $13,735 $18,781
Avg. Paid $7,901 $7,814 $9,589

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.1 8.6 7.6
Critics' Rating 7.3 9.0 9.0
Performance 6.7 7.5 8.1
Interior 6.6 8.2 8.6
Cost to Own N/A 9.7 N/A
Safety 8.6 8.4 9.0
Reliability 3.0 4.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

  • Simple controls
  • Spacious trunk
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable, spacious seats
  • High reliability score
  • Good gas mileage
  • Peppy performance
  • Surprisingly spacious second-row seats
  • Standard electronic stability control
  • Good safety scores
  • Poor-quality interior
  • Underpowered engine
  • Below-average safety ratings
  • Not as fuel-efficient as top competitors

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas 4-Cyl 2.2L/134 Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas I5 2.5L/151
MPG 25 City / 37 Hwy 24 City / 33 Hwy 20 City / 29 Hwy



Body Style 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan 4 Door HB


Wheelbase(in) 103.5 104.3 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 179.8 177.4 165.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.5 69.9 69.3
Height, Overall (in) 55.6 58.3 58.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2752 2723 3138

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional Optional
Tires - Front Touring Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional Optional
Tires - Rear Touring Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional Optional Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Optional Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Optional Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Optional Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 83.0 97.9 94.0
Front Head Room (in) 38.1 40.0 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 43.5 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 55.6 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 49.4 54.2 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 35.7 37.6 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 32.2 35.0 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 49.3 55.1 54.6
Second Hip Room (in) 46.3 54.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.9 14.2


AM/FM Stereo Standard Optional Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Optional Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Optional Standard
MP3 Player Standard Optional Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Standard

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Optional Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Heated Passenger Seat Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional


4-Wheel ABS Optional Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I5
Displacement 2.2L/134 2.0L/121 2.5L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 155 @ 6100 138 @ 6000 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 150 @ 4900 136 @ 4600 177 @ 4250
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 33.5 33.9 35.7


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 24 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 33 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13 14 14.5


Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Semi-Independent Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Torsion Beam Multi-Link Multilink


Automatic Optional Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
4-Speed Automatic Optional
6-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.