The 2023 Pontiac G3 is a new competitive five-door hatchback subcompact in the US market. The Pontiac G3 is equipped with some basic comforts and comes standard with GM’s exclusive OnStar system, but its interior is noticeably more chintz than that of the cheaper Nissan Versa. Three-door hatchbacks like the Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris are both less resource-intensive and more fun to drive.
The Pontiac G3 is a five-door hatchback subcompact available in only one trim level. 2023 Pontiac G3 standard equipment includes 14-inch steel wheels, fog lamps, rear spoiler, tilt steering column, manual accessories, cloth seats, air conditioning, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, OnStar, and a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with an auxiliary input jack.
The Preferred Package adds power accessories, heated exterior, or mirrors, and keyless entry, the Cruising package integrates cruise control, satellite radio, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls; and the Sport Package includes 15-inch aluminum wheels and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel. Independent choices incorporate a sunroof and leatherette upholstery.
Pontiac G3 Interior
The interior of the five-seat 2009 Pontiac G3 sports decent quality materials adorned with metallic-looking accents and several storage spaces for small items. Climate controls are straightforward, though the stereo uses a range of knobs instead of more user-friendly knobs. Although the Pontiac G3 offers a handy 42 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down, it’s nothing out of the ordinary, and the available 7.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats can’t hold more than a few bags of cargo. grocery.
Pontiac G3 Engine
All Pontiac G3s is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 106 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic transmission. The former’s EPA-estimated fuel economy sits at 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined, while the automatic drops to 25/34/28 mpg.
While the Pontiac G3 doesn’t offer much in-vehicle entertainment, it’s a respectable drive for running errands or engaging in the daily commute. The steering is sufficiently responsive and the ride is acceptable by subcompact standards. Not at all like different vehicles in this class, we favor the discretionary programmed transmission over the manual. Although the five-speed is considered slightly more economical around town, its ratios are too wide and it is not particularly pleasant to use.
Pontiac G3 Safety
Side airbags for the front seats and OnStar communications are standard features on all G3s. Anti-lock brakes are an extra-cost option, and side curtain airbags—a feature increasingly common in other subcompacts—are not available. In government crash tests, the Pontiac G3 received five perfect stars for frontal impact and four stars for side impact protection. On the other hand, the Independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the similar Pontiac G3 good in frontal offset crash tests and best for side impacts.