2009 Pontiac G5

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What Changed for 2009:
  • More powerful 2.2-liter Ecotec engine
  • New 3.63 final-drive ratio with manual transmission
  • New 15-inch low-rolling-resistance tires
  • New content and changes to packages: Sun and Sound, MYLINK and Appearance
  • Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling
  • iPod-compatible USB port in radio
  • Two new exterior colors, new leather interior trim combination
  • Dual-stage inflatable driver and front passenger low-risk deployment air bags
The Pontiac G5 for 2009, while mostly carryover from the 2008 model, does add a new, more powerful and efficient version of the 2.2-liter Ecotec engine with variable valve timing (VVT), which delivers an EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway. The increased fuel economy is also due to new 3.63 final-drive ratio with manual transmission and new low-rolling-resistance tires. Also new this year: dual-stage inflatable driver and front passenger, low-risk deployment air bags, Bluetooth capability, and iPod-compatible USB port in the radio. 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 optional 4-speed automatic transmission. Two new exterior colors-Quicksilver Metallic and Silver Green Metallic-and a new Red/Ebony leather interior trim combination are added for 2009. Competition for the G5 includes the Volkswagen Rabbit, Scion tC, Ford Focus and Mazda 3.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Pontiac G5 coupe is available in base G5 coupe or GT coupe. Standard equipment on the base coupe includes remote keyless entry; power windows and door locks; air conditioning; tire-pressure-monitoring system; OnStar; carpeted floor mats; rear spoiler; 15-inch wheels and all-season blackwall tires; and XM satellite radio. Base G5 options include anti-lock brakes (ABS); leather seats; 7-speaker Pioneer sound system (with 10-inch subwoofer); up-level radio with USB input port; cruise control; traction control; remote start; sunroof; cargo net; body-side moldings; fog lamps; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

In addition to the features listed for the base model, the 2009 G5 GT coupe includes standard electronic stability control; 17-inch polished aluminum wheels and performance blackwall tires; (ABS); sport rocker moldings; heated seats; fog lamps; cruise control; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; leather-wrapped shift knob; and a cargo net.

New content and additional changes occur with three popular equipment packages. The Sun and Sound package includes a new AM/FM/CD radio with MP3 playback, premium Pioneer 7-speaker sound and power sunroof. A new MYLINK package has 16-inch machine-face wheels, 4-wheel ABS, cruise control, chrome exhaust tip, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity. The new Appearance package features body-color side moldings, trunk cargo net, front fog lamps and a chrome exhaust tip.

Both 2009 Pontiac G5 models are powered by the new version of the 2.2-liter Ecotec 16-valve, dual-overhead cam (DOHC) 4-cylinder VVT engine that delivers 155 hp at 6100 rpm and 150 lb.-ft. of torque at 4900 rpm. The engine comes standard with a Getrag 5-speed manual transmission, with an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic with overdrive optional. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2.2-liter engine in the base G5 are 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway (with automatic transmission) and 25 mpg city/35 mpg highway (with manual transmission). The G5 GT gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway in both automatic and manual configurations. All-speed traction control, stability enhancement system, 4-wheel ABS, sport suspension and tire-pressure monitor are standard or available, depending on the model.

The 2009 Pontiac G5 has MacPherson strut-type front suspension, semi-independent torsion beam rear suspension, and front and rear stabilizer bars. Two suspension settings are offered: FE1 touring (standard on base), and FE3 sport-tuned (standard on GT).

Safety features on the 2009 Pontiac G5 include standard new dual-stage inflatable driver and front passenger, low-deployment air bags and passenger-sensing system 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. OnStar service with GM's advanced automatic crash notification system and tire-pressure monitor are standard, while OnStar's Vehicle Diagnostics notification system is optional. Electronic stability control, all-speed traction control, and ABS are standard or optional, depending on the model.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 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. These are the same ratings as for the 2008 model.

A power glass tilt-and-slide sunroof, remote vehicle start, 7-speaker Pioneer sound system with 10-inch subwoofer, and up-level radio with USB input port are available options on the 2009 Pontiac G5. XM satellite radio and OnStar are standard on both models. New for 2009 is Bluetooth connectivity, enabling hands-free calling. The Sun and Sound package includes a new AM/FM/CD radio with MP3 playback, premium Pioneer 7-speaker sound and power sunroof. A new MYLINK package features steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth capability, among other items.


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  • Name 2dr Cpe Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 16980.00 Engine 2.2L/134 City/Hwy MPG 25/35
  • Name GT (2dr Cpe) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 20280.00 Engine 2.2L/134 City/Hwy MPG 23/32
  • Seats, front bucket with manual recliners, driver manual lumbar, adjustable outboard head restraints and rear 60/40 split-bench with trunk pass-through
  • Ebony, Cloth Seat Trim
  • 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
  • Floor mats, carpeted rear
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 (When ordered with (MM5) 5-speed manual transmission, vehicle will get XFE badge.)
  • Tires, P195/60R15 touring, blackwall
  • Tire sealant and inflator kit, in place of spare tire
  • Spoiler, rear body-color, decklid
  • Fascias, front and rear body-color with Black grille
  • Headlamps, halogen with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent, speed-sensitive
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) painted aluminum
  • Tires, P205/50R17 performance, blackwall
  • 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 Continuous Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder MFI (155 hp [115.6 kW] @ 6100 RPM, 150 lb-ft of torque [202.5 N-m @ 4900 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
  • Suspension, Sport-tuned
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel with chrome tip, single outlet
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • 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, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger and 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.)
    • 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), Hands-Free Calling 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. 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 model. Visit onstar.com or call 1-
    • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Trunk emergency release handle
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, includes Electronic Brake Force Distribution (Includes (NW9) full-function traction control when (MX0) 4-speed automatic transmission is ordered.)
    • StabiliTrak, vehicle stability enhancement system
    • 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 Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on. (Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately af
    • Audio system feature, 4-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, Pioneer premium 7-speaker system with amplified tweeters and rear subwoofer
    • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)

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