2008 Pontiac G8 GT

To my mind, this thing ties with the Lancer Evo for Best Bargain Under Thirty-Five Grand status. Burnouts galore, sideways hoonage, a nice (if built to a price) interior, and it feels both quintessentially American and quintessentially European. You shouldn't be allowed to have this much grunty, V-8-powered fun at the price. A few people around the office were decidedly unimpressed--I know I heard at least one "Why is everyone so excited about this thing again?" when the G8 first showed up--and admittedly, up against a BMW 5-series or anything similar, the big Pontiac falls short. Interior quality, handling precision, steering feel, powertrain refinement, sure, they all leave a little to be desired. But it says a lot about how far the General has come that we're even comparing a Pontiac sport sedan to cars costing almost twice as much. It says even more that, in such company, the G8 doesn't fall flat on its face. (It actually comes across as a deal-filled version of the stars from Europe, believe it or not).

Good car, and at a hell of a price. Here's hoping that rising fuel prices don't kill it off.

-Sam Smith, Associate Editor

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