2009 Pontiac G8 GT

Very nicely trimmed. Something about the very tight fits gives you an impression of solidity and reliability - certainly a new feeling for GM in general.

The engine sounds fabulous, giving off a good throaty roar. The V-8 has a good punch, but acceleration after hard braking gets confused. There's a bit of hesitation. The steering is pretty heavy at low speed but feels very connected and has good weight once you get going.

Overall, my feeling is: for about $32,000, this is a handsome, useful, spacious, and fun car. A lot of care was taken in the interior, which makes you feel smart (and patriotic).

Jean Jennings, President & Editor-in-Chief

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