For 2009, the Pontiac G5 swaps out the GT's 2.4L engine for the base trim's 2.2L inline-4, which slightly improves power and fuel economy, while Bluetooth and auxiliary-input jack for stereo are now also available. Pontiac G5 standard features include a 2.2L inline-4 engine that generates 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque with front-wheel drive commanded by a five-speed manual transmission; a four-speed automatic transmission is optional. The base G5 XFE with the five-speed manual transmission and 15-inch wheels achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg city/37 mpg hwy and 30 mpg combined. The Pontiac G5 GT with 17-inch wheels gets decreased fuel economy at 23 mpg city/32 mpg hwy and 26 mpg combined. Standard safety equipment includes full-length side curtain airbags and a new passenger-sensing system that improves front airbag deployment. Safety feature options include four-wheel antilock disc brakes on the base Pontiac G5 but that is standard on the GT. The 2-door coupe accommodates up to five passengers.Read more Read less
For the 2009 G5, Pontiac has dropped the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that powers the G5 GT. In its place, the 2.2L has been revised with variable valve timing and is now standard in all G5s. The VVT increases fuel efficiency to 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, up from last year's 24/33. Power is also up from last year's 149 hp to 155 hp this year. A passenger-sensing system is now standard to complement the dual-stage front airbags. Also new is the addition of Bluetooth hands-free connectivity with GM's standard OnStar system. Quicksilver Metallic and Silver Green Metallic replace Nitrous Blue Metallic and Titanium Metallic as exterior colors, and Ebony over Red leather-appointed seating is available on GT models.
Stylish looks; roomy interior; good fuel economy; value pricing.
The 2009 G5 has plenty of Pontiac's visual flair. The G5's low price and EPA city/highway estimates of 25/37 mpg appeal to entry-level buyers and make the G5 a smart alternative to the Honda Civic.