2009 Pontiac G3

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What Changed for 2009:
  • The Pontiac G3 is an all-new model for 2009
  • Nearly identical to the Chevrolet Aveo
  • Sourced from GM-Daewoo in South Korea
  • Sold in Canada as the G3 Wave and in Mexico
  • Standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • Standard 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Achieves 34 mpg on the highway
  • Provides 5-passenger seating
Exploding consumer interest in the small car segment undoubtedly contributed to Pontiac's decision to bring the subcompact G3 hatchback to the U.S. market in the spring of 2009. The car is already successful in Canada as the Pontiac G3 Wave, and in Mexico as a sedan model. The G3 joins three other Pontiac models in the \"Over 30\" (mpg) club: the 2009 Vibe (32 mpg), G6 sedan (33 mpg), and G5 coupe (37 mpg).

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The Pontiac G3 offers an uncommonly high level of standard content for an entry-level car, says the automaker, and provides the \"best shoulder and hip room in the segment\" with seating for five adults in a 5-door hatchback configuration. The interior features theater-style seating for rear-seat passengers, and with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats lowered, up to 42 cubic feet of cargo space is available. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, CD/MP3 audio system with auxiliary input jack, fog lamps, rear spoiler, and OnStar.

The options list includes an automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes (only available with the automatic transmission), cruise control and a sunroof. The Cruisin' package adds cruise control, XM satellite radio, and steering-wheel-mounted controls. A Preferred package includes power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, theft deterrent, and power-adjustable heated outside mirrors. Lastly, a Sport package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped shift knob, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The 2009 Pontiac G3 is offered with GM's 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Power for the 2009 Pontiac G3 comes from a fuel-efficient, 1.6-liter, Ecotec 4-cylinder engine. The standard powerplant generates 106 hp and is mated to a standard 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission. Sending power to the front wheels, the G3 earns an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway with the automatic transmission.

All 2009 Pontiac G3 models are equipped with a long list of standard safety features including driver and front passenger frontal air bags, side air bags, daytime running lights, child safety locks, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. Anti-lock brakes are available as an option (with the automatic transmission only).

The 2009 Pontiac G3 has been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The subcompact sedan earned 5-star ratings (the agency's highest) for both driver and front passenger in frontal crash testing. In the side crash test, the G3 earned 4-star ratings for both the front and rear seating positions. The 2009 Pontiac G3 has not been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The standard engine in the 2009 Pontiac G3 is an ECOTEC 1.6-liter 4-cylinder. The efficient powerplant features variable valve timing, or VVT, which allows the timing, lift or duration of the intake or exhaust valves to change for optimal combustion while the engine is running, GM says. Unlike traditional valve trains which are only running optimally at one engine speed, the VVT system in the G3 keeps the engine efficient at all speeds, contributing to the vehicle's high fuel mileage, the automaker claims.


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  • Name 5dr HB Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 14335.00 Engine 1.6L/97.5 City/Hwy MPG 25/34
  • Seats, front bucket with Cloth driver and front passenger manual fore/aft, recline and height-adjustable headrests with accessory hook
  • Seat adjuster, driver manual height and lumbar
  • Seat, rear 60/40 split-flip-and-fold with outboard height-adjustable headrests
  • Armrest, driver seat
  • Console, floor with open storage compartment
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Steering column, tilt
  • Instrumentation, analog with tachometer, speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, fuel and coolant temperature gauges
  • Instrument panel and door trim with brushed metallic appearance accents
  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Clock, digital
  • Warning tones, include headlamps, safety belts and key in the ignition with the door ajar
  • Windows, manual
  • Door locks, manual
  • Fuel filler door release, remote lever
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual includes (K11) air filter and rear air vents
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Cup holders, dual front retractable and single rear
  • Ashtray and lighter
  • Map pockets, front doors and driver and front passenger seatbacks
  • Power outlet, instrument panel-mounted auxiliary with cover, 12-volt
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors
  • Assist handles, front and rear outboard
  • Lighting, interior overhead courtesy
  • Cargo shade, rear
  • Wheels, 14" (35.6 cm) steel with full bolt-on wheel covers
  • Tires, P185/60R14 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire, compact spare
  • Spoiler, rear
  • Headlamps, halogen composite
  • Fog lamps, front
  • Mirrors, outside manual, body-color, manual-folding
  • Glass, tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent, variable
  • Wiper, rear with washer
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Lift handle and release lever, rear hatch
  • Engine, ECOTEC 1.6L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder MFI with Variable Valve Timing and Dual Continuous Variable Cam Phasing (106 hp [79.0 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 105 lb-ft of torque [141.8 N-m] @ 3800 rpm)
  • Transmission, 5-speed manual includes shift indicator light
  • Axle, 3.94 ratio (Included with (MM5) 5-speed manual transmission.)
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, 550 cold-cranking amps, maintenance-free with Battery Saver System (Included with (MM5) 5-speed manual transmission.)
  • Alternator, 95 amps
  • Suspension, front, McPherson struts with offset coil springs and stabilizer bar
  • Suspension, rear torsion beam
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
  • Brakes, front disc/rear drum
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock (if equipped), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling and Remote Horn and Lights. (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by mo
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable, includes pretensioners and load limiters
    • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, rear
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback seek-and-scan and auxiliary input jack
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Antenna, roof-mounted

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