Relaxed in a Good Way - 2008 Pontiac G8 GT Long-Term Road Test

2008 Pontiac G8 Long Term Road Test

2008 Pontiac G8 GT: Relaxed in a Good Way

October 26, 2009


I flew back from Japan on Saturday, and our long-term 2008 Pontiac G8 GT was waiting for me in the garage. I've driven this car a lot, so I know it pretty well and I like the way I feel when I drive it: Relaxed.*

Aside from the Australian idiosyncrasies to some its controls, this is a very straightforward car to drive. The driving position is good, with a relatively low cowl and a conventional, sedan-style, low-but-too-low driver seat. Said seat is comfortable and the steering wheel fits well in my hands at 9-and-3. The all-black decor and the materials used in the cabin are pretty unassuming, but the quality is solid. You're aren't going to find luxury trimmings here, but the G8 never feels like it's trying too hard.

Same goes for the way it actually drives. Sure, I wish the transmission was quicker in un-Sport mode (and I wish our front brake rotors were newer), but this car accelerates, steers and corners with an ease and predictability that's missing in far too many cars in this price range.

It's not just that the G8 is rear-drive and equipped with a V8, though I certainly don't mind those attributes. It's that it really feels like the drivetrain and chassis were tuned with a driver's eye toward how the total package would feel -- rather than a product planner's eye toward checking off specific boxes. This is exactly the approach New GM should take with all its future product.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 33,721 miles

*The above photo was taken before the license bracket repair, but I decided to use it anyway.

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