Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Genesis, Pontiac G8 V-6 Comparison - Big Six Sedans

2009 Pontiac G8 V-6

Pontiac's G8 stands out as the best sport sedan and the biggest bargain. Much like its eight-cylinder sibling, the base G8's well-balanced, rear-wheel-drive chassis makes the G8 a winner on back roads. We also like the fact that Pontiac has not stripped the exterior of the base car to the point where it looks like, well, a base car. Only the truly sharp-eyed can pick it out from a GT. The starting price of less than $30,000 is also compelling, but the Pontiac does lack many of the high-end options (including a navigation system) that push up the as-tested prices of the other cars here. And the Pontiac's interior, although roomy, is not as well finished as the other three cars.

Base Price: $27,995
As Tested Price: $29,370

Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 256 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel

L x W x H: 196.1 x 74.8 x 57.7 in
Legroom F/R: 42.2/39.4 in
Headroom F/R: 38.7/38.0 in
Cargo capacity: 17.5 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3885 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 17/25 mpg

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