2008 Pontiac G8 Long Term Road Test


2008 Pontiac G8 GT or 2009 Hyundai Genesis: Decisions Decisions

December 10, 2009

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(Photos by Kurt Niebuhr. Sweet illustration by me!)


This comparison was thrown at me while I was back East for Thanksgiving. I was thrown for a bit of a loop as I thought, for the first five minutes of the conversation, we were talking Genesis Coupe.

Here's some background:

Let's say your'e a young guy, whose current car is on the way out. You just graduated college and are currently in a Master's program at a school 20-30 miles from your house.

Let's also say you live in the Northeast and have, for some reason, been brainwashed by your dad that the ONLY acceptable car has four-doors , rear-wheel-drive and a tankeresque curb weight.

It's also not a Mercedes-Benz. BMW or Lexus.

Ideally, it's a Chevy Caprice or its evil twin, the Impala SS. Acceptable, too, are the wagon variants of the B-body.

So you'd think the G8 would be ideal, right? I mean, it doesn't get more perfect than that, right?

Uhm, not quite; There are some sticking points:


1) It's a Pontiac, not a Chevy.


2) Parts. Right now G8 parts are hard to find. In 5 years they'll be REALLY hard to find. Unless you're in AU.


3) Availability. Again, no more Pontiac means no more cars.


4) The Hyundai Genesis exists and offers Nav, iPod compatibility, heated AND cooled seats and a giant warranty.


Yep, as the title photo indicates, someone a Hyundai Genesis is on his short list of cars to replace the Impala.


IL readers, what say you?

This is what he's replacing (well, one of them):

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Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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