July 28, 2009
With more than 25,000 miles on the Pontiac G8 GT, here is my list of likes:
1 - big V8 power
2 - rear-wheel drive
3 - roominess
4 - suspension holds up in corners
5 - nice-looking butt
6 - subtle yet strong wheel design
7 - sticky Bridgestones
8 - strong, cold A/C
9 - low maintenance costs
10 - six-speed automatic transmission in Sport mode
Have anything to add to this list?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 25,500 miles
June 02, 2009
In this age of Internet shopping, I'm not the only one here who has my very important Web purchases shipped to the office instead of my house. Fear of having packages stolen from my front porch wins out over the possibility of the Edmunds' receptionist making a crabby face at my personal junk. (Although honestly, she's way too cheerful and nice to chastise annoying staffers).
So when UPS delivered my new 5'x8' Pottery Barn rug to Santa Monica, I needed a car that could easily carry it 33 miles south to my Long Beach home. And our 2008 Pontiac G8, with its double-wide pass-thru connecting the trunk to the backseat, stepped up with enthusiasm.
Now about that armoire I ordered yesterday...
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 22,650 miles
May 03, 2009
1) To improve weight distribution the G8's battery is in the trunk.
2) It has more comfortable seats and better ergonomics than the Cadillac CTS.
3) It's entire rearseat does not fold down, but its center section does, so long items that are not too wide can come along for the ride.
4) There are no cupholders for its rearseat passengers (The two in the center fold down section are so lame they don't count.) (Sorry cocarguydj.)
5) Only the G8's two front windows feature auto up and down. (thanks cocarguydj and carguy622)
6) It does not require premium gasoline, nor does it use expensive sythetic oil.
7) It'll out drag race a Dodge Challenger R/T 6-speed.
8) Its 6-speed automatic has a Sport mode that really works, and it matches revs perfectly when you downshift it manually.
9) It has more tire noise than it should.
10) When you use its 361 hp to burn its Bridgestones through first and second gear it really pisses off the hottie behind you in the SLK55 AMG.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 20,614 miles
July 08, 2008
There's little question that our 2008 Pontiac G8 GT possesses solid sporting credentials. I've been curious to find out how well the G8 could serve as a family sedan, however. So over the holiday break, I packed up the G8 and made a trip to visit my in-laws. Overall, I was pretty impressed with the G8 in regards to family-carting duty. Some specific observations about fuel economy, comfort and utility follow.
The Trip and Mileage
We (my wife and 1-year-old) put about 700 miles on the G8, most of this coming in the form of highway driving (70 to 80 mph) from our home in central California down to southern California and back. For the trip, I averaged 19.8 mpg. (The EPA's highway is 24 mpg.) Using the in-car mpg gauge, I noticed city mileage (for me, anyway) sinks to about 11 or 12 mpg. I managed the G8's best tank so far on this trip, 22.6 mpg, as well as its furthest distance on a tank, 351 miles.
I found the front seat to be adequate in terms of comfort but nothing more. My wife sat in back for the trip (to be with our daughter) and commented favorably about the copious amount of rear legroom and comfortable seat bolstering. (Note: the front passenger seat was not occupied.) Specific comments: 1) Sitting in the middle of the rear seat sucks because of the high hump for the driveshaft. 2) The rear head restraints aren't adjustable, but they're high enough so that most adults should be OK.
In this regard, our G8 GT isn't as comfortable as other midsize sedans. The ride is firm, though I'd say it's acceptable given the car's performance. Wind, tire and engine noise are also more noticeable than on other top sedans during highway driving.