2008 Pontiac G8 Long Term Road Test


2008 Pontiac G8 GT: Fourth of July at San Diego's Petco Park

July 06, 2009

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Nothing's more American than baseball, right? So two friends and I drove to San Diego's Petco Park in our long-term 2008 Pontiac G8 GT on Saturday to watch the Padres and Dodgers. Two of us are Dodger fans. The third friend bought our tickets in Field section 125, just left of the right-field foul pole, where he hoped Adrian Gonzalez would homer. It didn't happen. But the Padres did of course win 7-4.

One thing we all agreed on was that the G8 was a very comfortable and likable car for the nearly 300-mile trip. The only 6-footer in our group sat in back the whole time and said he had plenty of room. He also liked the adjustable rear air-conditioning vents.

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I've always liked the G8's front seats (the driver seat kept me content on a 7-hour drive from the Napa Valley), and on this trip, my front passenger offered a similar review. But he criticized the G8's brittle dash plastic, which seems out of character with the otherwise decent cabin materials. The harsh afternoon light was unforgiving, highlighting all the scuff marks in a test car that has been driven by 20-odd editors. (Go ahead, scold us again.)

We reached consensus on ride quality: It's good. The G8 is compliant enough that both friends fell asleep on the ride back, yet it's controlled over most bumps and joints. I wish the steering had a little more weight to it on-center, though.

The cabin is fairly quiet on the highway. Well, at least it is until you execute a full-throttle passing maneuver and the big Pontiac finally develops an exhaust note. I averaged 22 mpg.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 24,454 miles

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