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2009 Pontiac G6 GT Convertible Review

 

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A three-quarter rear view of a Pontiac G6 GT Convertible

In short: An entertaining and sporty-looking hardtop convertible.

This good-looking and smooth-shaped vehicle is a relatively, as far hardtop convertibles go, affordable excuse to alleviate boredom. Driven by a decent 3.5-liter V6 engine that emits a pleasant hum, the rear spoiler-clad 2009 Pontiac G6 GT Convertible is also available as a coupe or sedan, competing with models such as the Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Jetta. This front-wheel-drive droptop is equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, and shows off suitable handling although with some torque steer.

An engine view of the Pontiac G6 GT Convertible An interior view of the Pontiac G6 GT Convertible
Driving gauges on the Pontiac G6 GT Convertible A rear view of a Pontiac G6 GT Convertible

Inside are comfortable cloth bucket seats—heated leather versions are available—and an XM satellite radio-capable AM/FM/CD audio system with audio jacks for iPod/MP3 players. There’s plenty of room in the front, but noticeably less in the rear. A slow-to-retract top and a small trunk with a heavy door doesn’t charm. The G6 GT convertible’s slew of options helps, however, including features such as dual exhaust outlets, a six-way power driver seat and an audio system with a six-disc CD changer.

A three-quarter front view of a Pontiac G6 GT Convertible with its hardtop up

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; 5-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty and roadside assistance; 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion warranty.


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Base Price: $28,680 / As Tested: $31,629

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door convertible

Engine: 3.9-liter V6 with continuously variable valve timing
Horsepower: 238 hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 222 lb-ft @ 5,600 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed automatic with overdrive

Curb weight:
3,855 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 189.1/70.6/56.7 in
Turning circle: 39.3 ft

Brakes:
all-wheel power-assisted disc with ABS
Suspension: MacPherson strut with aluminum L-shaped controls arms in front; four-link independent with twin-tube gas shocks in rear; stabilizer bars in front and rear

Traction: electronic stability control; traction control system

EPA City:
17 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Safety:
dual-stage frontal driver and passenger airbags; side-impact thorax airbags; OnStar 8.0; passenger airbag on/off switch; daytime running lights

 

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(Updated 04/14/10 NW)

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