"Thanks, but it's a Pontiac G5."
"G5. It's part of Pontiac's new naming convention, y'know, G5, G6, and soon the G8."
"Gotcha. No offense, but by the looks of the interior, you, uh, got a pretty good deal, huh?"
"Sticker was $20,520."
"Yikes. Well, if it's a Pontiac it must have a supercharged engine or something, right?"
"Nope. That's only in the Chevy Cobalt."
"Of course. Son, you do realize that you could've had a Honda Civic Si, Volkswagen GTI, or even that supercharged Chevy for just a bit more, don't you?"
"No worries. Hey, you're obviously a smart kid. I've got some ocean front property in Arizona…"
What We Drove
Fun to Drive
2nd Opinion – Perry
Where's the excitement? Outside of the decent drivetrain, the G5 does nothing to advance the reputation or desirability of the Pontiac nameplate. Cheap plastics abound, mediocre build quality is everywhere and the styling is just ho hum. Sitting in the back seat is bearable for short distances, but at some inconvenience to the front passenger. On the positive side, I liked the engine, brakes and steering, and the G5 provided decent fuel economy during its visit. Unfortunately Pontiac hasn't made any advancements worthy enough to get a recommendation from me to shoppers looking in this class. – Ron Perry
Photos courtesy of Ron Perry and Pontiac