Pontiac G5

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Pontiac G5
Pontiac G5 coupe.jpg
Manufacturer General Motors
Also called Chevrolet Cobalt
Pontiac G4 (Mexico, 2005–06)
Pontiac G5 Pursuit (2006, Canada)
Pontiac Pursuit (2005–06, Canada)
Production 2004–2009 (2010 for Canada only).[clarification needed]
Model years 2005–2009
(2005–2010 Canada only).
Assembly Lordstown, Ohio, United States
Body and chassis
Class Compact
Body style 2-door coupe
4-door sedan (Canada & Mexico only)
Layout FF layout
Platform GM Delta platform
Related Chevrolet HHR
Opel Astra
Saturn Ion
Saturn Astra
Chevrolet Cobalt
Engine 2.2 L L61 I4
2.4 L LE5 I4
2.2 L LAP I4
Transmission 5-speed Getrag F23 manual
4-speed 4T45 automatic
Wheelbase Coupe: 103.5 in (2,629 mm)
Sedan: 103.3 in (2,624 mm)
Length Coupe: 179.8 in (4,567 mm)
2005–07 Sedan: 180.3 in (4,580 mm)
2008–2010 Sedan: 180.5 in (4,585 mm)
Width 2005–07 Coupe: 67.5 in (1,714 mm)
2008–2010 Coupe: 67.9 in (1,725 mm)
Sedan: 67.9 in (1,725 mm)
Height 2005–07 Coupe: 55.6 in (1,412 mm)
2008–2010 Coupe: 55.7 in (1,415 mm)
Sedan: 57.1 in (1,450 mm)
Predecessor Pontiac Sunfire
Successor Chevrolet Cruze (In United States & Mexico)
Buick Verano (In Canada)
2007 Pontiac G5 sedan

The Pontiac G5 is a compact car that was marketed by the Pontiac division of General Motors. It was first introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year. For 2005 and early 2006, this car was known as the Pontiac Pursuit in the Canadian market, and G5 Pursuit during mid-2006. It was also known as the Pontiac G4 in Mexico from 2005-2006. It was released to the U.S. market in August 2006 as a 2007 model. The G5 and Cobalt are built upon the GM Delta platform and was available as a sedan in Canada and Mexico. In the United States, the G5 is only available as a coupe.

As a result of GM pulling the Pontiac brand after the 2010 model year (2009 in Mexico), GM announced that G5 production would end in 2010 for the United States and Mexican markets,[1] although the 2010 model was sold in Canada[2] due to strong sales and having the title of Pontiac's best-seller in Canada. All Pontiac G5 production, including the 2010 model year G5 destined for Canada, ended at the Lordstown, Ohio plant after its final month of production in September, 2009.

With Pontiac idled as a brand, the Buick Verano (platform-mate to the Cobalt's successor, the Chevrolet Cruze) serves as the competitive successor to the G5. The Verano's turbocharged engine options address a common complaint about the G5; in that the G5 lacks any features, or even options, that provided superiority to Cobalt. GM did not replace either Cobalt or G5 with a competitive two-door compact coupe, abandoning the market segment.


The independent front suspension has MacPherson struts, while the semi-independent rear suspension uses a torsion beam rear axle. The wheelbase is 103.3 in (262.4 cm), longer than its competitors, and the width is 68.4 in (173.8 cm). Weight is high at 2808–2989 lb (1273–1355 kg), and overall fuel economy is 30 mpg-US (7.8 L/100 km; 36 mpg-imp). The car is notable for its use of electric power steering, rather than the conventional hydraulic type. It is built at General Motors' Lordstown Assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

On March 1, 2010, GM recalled 1.3 million compact cars, including the G5 and the Chevrolet Cobalt, due to power steering problems. The recall also affects the G5's international variants.[3] Although the G5 was already out of production, the Cobalt was scheduled to be replaced by the Chevrolet Cruze later in 2010.


Years Engine Power Torque
2005–2008 2.2 L (134 cu in) Ecotec L61 I4 148 hp (110 kW) @ 5600 rpm 155 lb·ft (210 N·m) @ 4000 rpm
2006–2008 2.4 L (145 cu in) Ecotec LE5 I4 171 hp (128 kW) @ 5800 rpm 163 lb·ft (221 N·m) @ 4500 rpm
2009 2.2 L (133.5 cu in) Ecotec LAP I4 155 hp (116 kW) @ 5800 rpm 150 lb·ft (203 N·m) @ 4500 rpm

Model variations[edit]

United States[edit]

In the US, the G5 was available in the base model coupe (with a 155 hp (116 kW), 2.2 L I4 engine) and GT trim levels. Standard equipment for the base trim level included a 5-speed manual transmission, 15in. steel wheels with covers, AM/FM stereo system with MP3 decoder, XM satellite radio, auxiliary jack for external music devices, power windows and locks, keyless entry, telescopic steering wheel, tire pressure monitor, air conditioning, and a spoiler.[4] Available options for both trim levels included a sunroof and side impact airbags. The coupe listed for US$14,995 while the GT was slightly more expensive, starting at US$17,795.[5]

2009 Pontiac G5 coupe

Similar to the Cobalt, the G5 offered an XFE trim in 2008 and 2009 model years. The XFE variant provided up to 36 highway mpg, with the same engine and transmission. The XFE version achieved this by using improved engine mappings, more fuel-efficient tires, and other software adjustments.[6]

The G5 XFE is notable in GM history for being the one Pontiac that shared a trim reference with a Chevrolet. Chevrolet commonly uses LS, LT, LTZ, and SS to distinguish trims, whereas modern Pontiacs used Base, GT, and GXP. The XFE trim is the only time a Chevrolet and a Pontiac shared trim badging. Chevrolet dropped the XFE trim after Cobalt, opting instead for the Eco brand, introduced first on the Cruze that succeeded Cobalt.


In Canada, the G5 was available as either a coupe or a 4-door sedan as the Pontiac Pursuit, in base, SE, and GT trim levels. The base and SE received the 2.2 L engine, delivering 148 hp (108 kW) at 5400 rpm and 155 lb·ft (210 N·m) of torque at 4000 rpm, with a choice of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The GT receives the 2.4 L engine, delivering 173 hp (128 kW) at 6000 rpm and 163 lb·ft (221 N·m) of torque at 5000 rpm, and could be equipped with automatic or 5 speed manual transmission. Brakes are discs at front and drums at the rear. The GT model got 4-wheel disc brakes. Length is 4580 mm (180.3 in) on a 2623 mm (103.3 in) wheelbase, with a width of 1725 mm (67.9 in), height at 1450 mm (58 in), and weight at 1,459 kg (3,216 lb).

Base models were equipped with 15-inch wheels and a CD player with MP3 playback capability. The SE added 16-inch wheels, as well as anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, and cruise control (all also available as options on the base model) as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob. The GT added 17-inch wheels. Other options included side airbags, traction control system, electronic stability control(ESC/ESP), a sunroof, heated leather seats, and a premium audio system amplified by a Pioneer multi-channel power amplifier with 228 W total output through seven Pioneer speakers, including a factory mounted Pioneer 10 inch subwoofer.

Similar to the United States, the XFE trim was offered in 2008 and 2009. It was continued through the 2010 model year in Canada.


  1. ^ The Inquisitr (2009-04-27). "GM Announcement: Jobs and Dealers Cut; Pontiac Eliminated". inquisitr.com. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  2. ^ Autos. "2010 Pontiac G5 - Research All Models & Prices - MSN Autos Canada". Research.autos.ca.msn.com. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  3. ^ "GM recalling 20K Cadillacs to replace glove box - Yahoo! News". News.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  4. ^ "2009 Pontiac G5 Review and Specs". Edmunds.com. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Pontiac's Official G5 Site", www.pontiac.com Retrieved July 23, 2006.
  6. ^ http://www.autoblog.com/2008/04/24/chevrolet-announces-2008-cobalt-xfe-improvement/

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