2008 Pontiac G5

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23 CITY / 32 HWY
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What Changed for 2008:
  • XM satellite radio (3 months free)

  • OnStar standard on GT

  • New head curtain side air bags standard

  • Optional heated front seats

  • Optional leather seats

  • Optional all-speed traction control

  • Stability enhancement system (standard on GT, optional on base)
The Pontiac G5 for 2008 is a carryover model from 2007, with minimal changes except for the addition of standard head curtain side air bags and XM satellite radio (3 months free). The subcompact 2-door, 5-passenger entry-level coupe is available in one body style and two trim levels (base and GT), with standard 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic optional. The G5 shares the same platform as the Chevy Cobalt. Competition for the G5 includes the Volkswagen Rabbit, Scion tC, Honda Civic and Saturn Astra.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Pontiac G5 is available in a base or GT model. Standard equipment on both includes power windows and door locks; air conditioning; tire-pressure-monitoring system; and a body-color spoiler on the rear decklid (trunk). The GT includes OnStar, 17-inch wheels, anti-lock brakes (ABS), leather-trimmed interior, chrome exhaust tip, and a firmer-riding suspension.

Six option packages are available on the base G5 model, and one is available on the GT; Personal Audio Link (PAL) is optional on both. Packages available only on the base model include Preferred (cruise control, cargo net, body-color body-side moldings, 4-wheel anti-lock front disc/rear drum brakes, and 16-inch custom spoke wheels); Premium (leather seats, heated front seats, Pioneer premium 7-speaker system); Sun & Sound (power sunroof and premium Pioneer speakers); Sport (leather-wrapped steering wheel and controls, 16-inch machined-faced aluminum wheels, fog lamps, and chrome-tipped stainless steel exhaust); and Appearance (stripe graphics, 16-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels, 4-wheel ABS, and chrome exhaust tips).

Key stand-alone options on the 2008 Pontiac G5 include cruise control, leather seats, heated front seats, remote vehicle start, upgraded audio system, power sunroof, and all-speed traction control.

Standard in the base model 2008 Pontiac G5 is a 2.2-liter, 16-valve, dual overhead cam (DOHC) 4-cylinder engine with sequential fuel injection (SFI), producing 148 hp at 5600 rpm and 152 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm. The G5 GT's power comes from the 2.4-liter, DOHC, 4-cylinder variable valve timing (VVT) engine with SFI, which delivers 171 hp at 5800 rpm and 167 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. Both engines come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 4-speed automatic with overdrive optional. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2.2-liter engine are 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway (automatic) and 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway (manual). The 2.4-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway (automatic) and 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway (manual). All-speed traction control, stability enhancement system, 4-wheel ABS, sport suspension and tire-pressure-monitoring system are standard or available, depending on model.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Pontiac G5 receives a 4-star rating for the driver in frontal crash testing, and a 5-star rating for the front passenger. In NHTSA side-impact tests, the G5 receives a 4-star rating for front and rear occupants. In rollover testing, the G5 receives a 4-star rating.

Safety features of the 2008 Pontiac G5 include standard dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger air bags; head curtain side air bags; 3-point safety belts for all positions; and daytime running lamps. A theft-deterrent system works with the vehicle's engine immobilizer to prohibit vehicle start-up from keys that are incorrectly coded, Pontiac explains. A vehicle stability control system, all-speed traction control and tire-pressure-monitoring system are standard or optional, along with OnStar (on GT).

A power glass tilt-and-slide sunroof, remote vehicle start, and AM/FM radio with 6-disc CD changer are available options on the 2008 Pontiac G5. XM satellite radio is free for three months, and OnStar is included with the GT. Remote vehicle start is also available as an option on both base and GT. An AM/FM stereo with single CD-player and MP3 playback, theft-lock, and auxiliary input jack for iPod and MP3 players is standard, while a 6-disc in-dash system is optional.

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  • Name 2dr Cpe Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 15675.00 Engine 2.2L/134 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
  • Name GT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 19850.00 Engine 2.4L/147 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
  • Seats, front bucket with manual recliners, driver manual lumbar, adjustable outboard head restraints and rear 60/40 split-bench with trunk pass-through
  • Seat, easy-entry front passenger
  • Seat adjuster, manual, 4-way driver with up/down height adjustment and fore/ aft controls
  • Console, floor, between front seats with adjustable armrest, storage compartment and 2 power outlets
  • Floor mats, carpeted front, includes carpeted rear floor mats
  • Steering wheel, urethane
  • Steering column, tilt
  • Instrumentation with speedometer, fuel gauge, tachometer and Driver Information Center with outside temperature, warning messages and programmable menu features
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down
  • Door locks, power with (AU0) Remote Keyless Entry, lockout protection and content theft security
  • Remote Keyless Entry (Replaced by (AP3) Remote vehicle starter system when (AP3) Remote vehicle starter system is ordered.)
  • Trunk release, remote
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual with air filtration system
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Defogger, side windows
  • Cup holders, dual front and dual rear
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night (Not available when (PCJ) Sun and Sound Package is ordered.)
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
  • Lighting, interior dome and trunk (Interior dome lamp not included when (CF5) power sunroof is ordered.)
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and cruise controls
  • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands- Free Calling, AccidentAssist and Remote Horn & 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. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onstar.com for system limitations and details.)
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, steering-wheel mounted
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night (Not available when (CF5) power sunroof is ordered.)
  • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
  • Cargo net, trunk
  • Wheels, 15" (38.1 cm) steel with full bolt-on wheel covers
  • Tires, P195/65R15-89S all-season, blackwall (Included and only available with (MM5) 5-speed manual transmission.)
  • Spoiler, rear body-color, decklid
  • Fascias, front and rear body-color with Black grille
  • Headlamps, halogen with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent, speed-sensitive
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Tires, P205/50R17 performance, blackwall
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) painted aluminum
  • Moldings, body-color sport rockers
  • Fascias, front and rear body-color, Sport with Black grille and (T37) halogen fog lamps
  • Fog lamps, front
  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.2L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder SFI (148 hp [110.3 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 152 lb-ft of torque [205.2 N-m] @ 4200 rpm)
  • Transmission, 5-speed manual, includes 3.84 axle ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, trunk-mounted, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Suspension, Touring
  • Steering, Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Brakes, front disc/rear drum
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel, single outlet
  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder SFI (171 hp [127.5 kW] @ 5800 rpm, 167 lb-ft of torque [225.5 N-m] @ 4500 rpm)
  • Suspension, Sport-tuned
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel with chrome tip, single outlet
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, 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.)
    • Air bags, head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Trunk emergency release handle
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • StabiliTrak, vehicle stability enhancement system
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, includes Electronic Brake Force Distribution (Includes (NW7) all-speed traction control when (MX0) 4-speed automatic transmission is ordered.)
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack for Ipod/MP3 player
    • XM Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you - coast-to-coast, and in digital quality sound. 3 trial months - no obligation (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com.)
    • Audio system feature, 4-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, Pioneer premium 7-speaker system with amplified tweeters and rear subwoofer

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