...This engine is backed by a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. The former's EPA-estimated fuel economy checks in at 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined, while the automatic drops to 25/34/28 mpg. Safety: Front-seat side impact airbags and OnStar communications are standard features on all G3s. Antilock brakes are an extra-cost option, and side curtain airbags -- a feature increasingly common in other subcompacts -- are not available. In government crash tests, the G3 received a perfect five stars for frontal impacts and four stars for side...
...106-hp inline four that produces 105 lb-ft of torque connected to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. 14-inch steel wheels come standard, while 15-inch, five-spoke painted aluminum wheels are available with the sport package.Dual-stage frontal and side-impact airbags for the front seat come standard, as does one year of the OnStar Safe and Sound package. Four-wheel antilock brakes (disc in the front, drum in the rear), however, are optional.The G3 has single-zone air-conditioning, a CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and an auxiliary jack, foglamps, and the...
...The G3 seats five and includes a standard 60/40-split folding backseat. There's 7.1 cubic feet of cargo room, but folding the rear seat increases cargo room to 42 cubic feet. Overall, there's 91 cubic feet for passengers — which is better than most of the competition, though slightly less than the Rio5. Available cloth or imitation-leather upholstery Standard air conditioning Standard OnStar Optional power windows, locks and keyless entry Optional satellite radio Under the Hood The G3 is powered by a four-cylinder engine teamed with either a manual or an automatic transmission...
...The audio and HVAC systems are nicely integrated into the center stack. Controls are attractively styled yet easy to operate. The wiper control is the only switch that felt clunky. The hatchback is practical because it has a 60/40 rear seat that can fold down like that of a small station wagon. The front passenger seat can be folded forward to accommodate long items. The G3's suspension is a compromise. The ride felt soft in town, but it was firm on the highway. MacPherson struts are used in front while the rear axle is a torsion beam. The brakes are vented discs in front and drums in back...
Pontiac will see half of its models dropped from its current lineup in the next few years, with speculation that the brand could end up with less than three unique middles by... read more December 15, 2008 by James Martinez 9
Today General Motors released pricing for its all-new Pontiac G3 compact hatchback and the GMC Sierra Hybrid pickup truck. Hoping to fill out its lineup with new and... read more November 18, 2008 by Ralph Hanson 3
General Motors has always been reluctant to bring the Pontiac G3 compact to the United States despite the car selling well in Canada and Mexico, but that has all changed as... read more September 18, 2008 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran 4
Update: The Chevrolet Aveo's clone, the Pontiac G3, won't be part of GM's North American lineup, despite already being sold in Canada and Mexico. A Pontiac representative... read more August 3, 2008 by James Martinez 7