...For both variants, the front wheels are driven by a standard five-speed manual transmission with an option for a four-speed automatic. As expected from any entry-level compact sport coupe, performance is far from inspiring -- but for that sacrifice, you get very good fuel economy. The base G5 XFE with the five-speed manual and 15-inch wheels achieves a best-in-class 25 mpg city/37 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined. Opting for larger wheels or the four-speed auto drops those numbers, particularly the highway figure, with an auto-equipped G5 GT with 17-inch wheels achieving 23 city/32 highway and...
...The 2.2-liter, 155-horsepower 4 is rated at 25 m.p.g. city/37 m.p.g. highway, so you get membership in to the 30 m.p.g. club without having to pay hefty dues of the hybrid battery premium. To maximize mileage, a dash light flashes to signal when to shift, though most motorists have other things to do than look for a reminder. The G5 is offered only as a two-door coupe, and, as we've noted, there's no automatic for the XFE. The low-slung coupe roofline limits adult headroom in back, where legroom also is tight. The trunk holds lots of gear and looks more spacious than the rear seat. Econocars...
...Basically a rebadged Chevy Cobalt, the 2009 Pontiac G5 offers little in the way of refinement, engine performance, or cabin storage.
...I should also note that our XFE tester averaged just 33.1 mpg on a 300-mile highway mileage loop, while a Corolla, rated at 35 mpg, racked up 36.4 mpg. Here's how the EPA figures compare: Gas Mileage Compared Combined City Highway Toyota Corolla 30 26 - 27 35 Pontiac G5 26 - 30 23 - 25 32 - 37 Honda Civic 29 25 - 26 34 - 36 Ford Focus 27 - 28 24 33 - 35 Nissan Sentra 27 - 28 24 - 25 31 - 33 Hyundai Elantra 26 - 28 23 - 25 30 - 33 Mazda3 24 - 27 22 - 24 28 - 32 Scion tC 23 - 24 20 - 21 27 - 29 Source: Automaker and EPA data for 2009 models. Excludes Civic Hybrid and Si, Corolla XRS...
...with radio controls and other switches mounted on a vertical center stack. Passenger volume is 83 cubic feet, which compares to 93 cubic feet in the Focus and 85 cubic feet in the tC. Power windows and locks with keyless entry Air conditioning CD stereo with an auxiliary input for MP3 players Chrome-ringed instrument pods XM Satellite Radio and OnStar communication Optional heated leather seats, remote vehicle start, moonroof and 228-watt, seven-speaker stereo system Under the Hood The 2008 GT model was available with a more-powerful engine than the base. For 2009, both base and GT trims use...
...One innovative engine feature is a cast-in oil filter housing that does away with the need to crawl under the car to perform oil changes. GM says the design also "eliminates throwaway oil-filter 'cans' that retain oil and typically end up in landfills." The engine's camshafts are driven by a chain rather than a belt that needs to be replaced, and that eliminates a potential service item. The five-speed manual transmission has a tight linkage, and it shifts smoothly. An automatic is optional. The shift lever felt a little awkward because it is mounted close to the seat. The test car's ride was...
The ongoing economic recession continues to impact the car industry and General Motors with reduced revenue and the need to cut production. Reducing production means cutting... read more January 26, 2009 by Nelson Ireson 3
Update: GM has confirmed that an additional 18,657 employees will be cut from its workforce through the use of buyouts and retirement incentives, and about half of these will... read more June 19, 2008 by James Martinez 6