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2007 Pontiac G6 Test Drive Review

Picture of 2007 Pontiac G6 GT The Pontiac G6 distinguishes itself from other midsize sedans with bold styling and solid performance.

7 /10
Overall Score

Midsize sedans often earn a reputation as uninspired, unexciting four-wheeled appliances. Reliability and a low cost of ownership outweigh this stigma, but sometimes drivers want just a bit more excitement in their midsize sedan. The Pontiac G6 fits this niche.

The 2007 Pontiac G6 stands out by offering available performance and a unique power-folding hardtop convertible. The convertible joins a lineup that includes coupe and sedan body styles.

Look and Feel

8/ 10

The G6 will not be confused with the typical family sedan in a parking lot. The angular headlights and twin-kidney grill provide the G6 with a sporty appearance. The belt-line is angled downward, giving the G6 a feeling of speed, even when at rest. The coupe variant features a teardrop shape for the roof and trunk, and it boasts pronounced rear fenders. The convertible is actually a clever power-retractable hardtop. It provides a combination of open-air driving and year-round protection from the elements, but the rear decklid has an awkward “hunchback” appearance when the top is stowed.

Though not as visually stimulating, the cabin still conveys performance. The three-spoke steering wheel, circular climate vents, sport gauges, and simple, driver-focused controls all lend to the G6’s sporty persona.

In addition to the three body styles, the G6 offers three trims; Special Value, GT, and GTP. The G6 comes standard with power windows and power locks, power side mirrors, air conditioning, and steel wheels. Moving up to the GT trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a four-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 200-watt Monsoon premium sound system, and a V6 engine. The range-topping GTP has all the features of the GT and an even larger V6 engine. Remote start, heated seats, and adjustable pedals are all standalone options.

Performance

8/ 10

The base 4-cylinder engine displaces 2.4-liters and makes 169 horsepower, routed to the front wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission. This engine feels pretty weak when pressed. Buyers would do well to consider either the GT or GTP. The GT comes with a 3.5-liter V6 making 224 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. The GT is also available with a 3.9-liter V6 making 227 horsepower when paired to an automatic transmission. A manual transmission version is available with this engine, making 240 horsepower.

Driving enthusiasts should check out the range-topping GTP. It boasts a new 3.6-liter V6, sending 252 horsepower to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine produces brisk acceleration and will inject a bit of fun into any commute.

Form and Function

7/ 10

The G6 provides a good amount of cabin space, especially in the sedan version. The front passengers benefit from comfortable and well-bolstered bucket seats. The backseat passengers have plenty of head- and legroom. A full-size adult can sit comfortably in one of the rear seats for a long trip without feeling cramped. Though not as spacious, the coupe and convertible variants also provide a surprising amount of rear legroom.

The 14 cubic feet of trunk space in the G6 sedan is on par with competition like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Trunk space with the coupe and convertible drops to a still-respectable 12 cubic feet. The convertible’s trick mechanical top occupies a lot of real estate, resulting in just 2.2 cubic feet of space when the top is lowered.

Tech Level

5/ 10

The G6's most impressive bit of technology comes in the form of the convertible's retractable hardtop. Otherwise, things are fairly bare-bones in the G6. You'll find that all cars come standard with an AM/FM/CD player stereo and are available with XM satellite radio as a standalone option. The GT trim upgrades the stereo to a 200-watt Monsoon sound system. Remote start is another standalone option.

Safety

7/ 10

Standard safety features include driver and passenger front airbags with passenger-side occupant detection, side-impact airbags, and head-curtain airbags. Though optional on the base model, traction control comes standard on the GT and GTP trims. The GTP provides GM’s enhanced StabiliTrak stability control system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did not test the convertible, but the sedan and coupe both received five stars across the board, with the exception of 4 stars in both body styles' front-passenger impact test, and the sedan's rollover test, where the G6 scored four out of five.

Cost-Effectiveness

7/ 10

The most fuel-efficient version of the 2007 Pontiac G6 is the 4-cylinder, returning 20 mpg city, 30 highway, 24 combined. The smaller V6 and 4-speed automatic transmission pairing return 18 mpg city, 28 highway, 21 combined. The larger V6 in the GTP trim returns 16 mpg city, 25 highway, 19 combined. The least-efficient version of the G6 is the convertible with the larger V6, returning 15 mpg city, 22 highway, 18 combined.

The 2007 Pontiac G6 has a starting price of $17,865. The GT starts at $21,365, while the GTP sedan starts at $23,065. The coupe starts $21,165, while the convertible starts at $27,865. The range-topping trim is the GTP convertible, which costs $29,365. Though the price is competitive with other sedans, the lack of cabin quality and underpowered base engine undercut the value proposition. The best way to enjoy the G6 is with the GT and GTP options, but they still cost less than some top-tier trims offered by rivals.

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From open-wheel racecars to specialty off-road vehicles, George Kennedy has driven it all. A career automotive journalist, George has been a contributor, editor, and/or producer at some of the most respected publications and outlets, including Consumer Reports, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Autoblog.com, Hemmings Classic Wheels, BoldRide.com, the Providence Journal, and WheelsTV.

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