2007 Pontiac G6 Convertible Test drive and new car review 2007 …

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We see the halo, but where’s the angel?

introduced as a 2006 model, the G6 Convertible was Pontiac’s (and company General Motors’) attempt at a hard-top convertible. For the hot-rod GTP model goes replaced by a sport package on the GT. The G6 is one of the only cars to compete in the convertible class. It’s favorably against its chief the Chrysler Sebring and Toyota and it offers the novelty of a retractable But is that a blessing or a curse?

price $29,150, $32,015 as EPA mileage estimates 18 MPG city, 24 MPG

First Glance: Pontiac’s car

The G6 is what is known in the business as a car — a shining example of excellence designed to show the what a given car maker is of. At least, that’s what a car is supposed to do. The premise of the G6 convertible is it’s one of the first (if not the first) convertibles with a retractable roof in place of the more fabric roof.

That’s the premise; here are the First, retractable hardtops, found only in luxury like Lexus and Mercedes, are more common. The new BMW 3-series sports a retractable hardtop, as the Volkswagen Eos.

Even the Miata and upcoming 2008 Sebring offer one as an option. the G6 Convertible isn’t a particularly example. Fellow About.com test driver Jason put it best when he test-drove year’s model.

The top is quite but the rest of the car isn’t.

In the First section, we often talk styling, and that’s probably the one compliment I can pay the G6 convertible: It’s a looking car, top up or top down. to the rear is pretty lousy Pontiac ought to offer an crystal ball to help you — but that’s the price you pay for good.

Continued below.

In the Seat: Comfortable but impractical

is well laid out, it didn’t really wow me with its

Photo Aaron Gold

The front seats (heated in my are generous and comfortable, the back are a joke, and the trunk is a figment of the — at least if you’re to put the top down. Luggage space is to an area at the base of the trunk isn’t high enough to anything thicker than a bag. Check out these from a weekend getaway I with my wife Robin: is what we wanted to put in the trunk. and is what we had to take out and put in the back in order to lower the top.

most of our stuff inside the we had to put the top up at every stop in order to it. (Even if everything fit in the trunk, have to do that anyway; the trunk release is on the driver’s and I couldn’t find a way to disable We quickly began to loathe the top switch, which is located up by the view mirror. Top operation around 30 seconds, which is an long time to keep finger up there on the switch. You even brace your on the windshield header, because get pinched by the top.

Why couldn’t the G6’s engineers put the switch down on the center where it belongs?

The rest of the was just OK. The combination of tilt-and-telescope wheel, power driver’s and optional ($125) adjustable made finding a comfortable easy. But the interior materials cheap-looking and the three lone of fake-wood trim looked an afterthought.

On the Road: Quiet, but in driver appeal

For 2007 the GTP is gone from the convertible It’s been replaced by a package that includes the 3.9 liter V6. My tester was so equipped. is fine, though the 4-speed (with manual mode) its flexibility a bit.

According to the trip computer, we averaged 19 MPG in town, top up or down, and low 20s in mixed with the top down. We saw the best economy numbers when at freeway speeds with the top up, the G6 averaged just shy of 30 MPG.

With the top up, the G6 seals up as tight and as a steel-roof coupe, because it is a steel-roof coupe. Top down another story. The roof much of a car’s stiffness, so usually get an extra dose of — but the G6 shakes and shimmies badly over uneven surfaces. With the top down, the G6 had a to wander out of its lane; top up its straight-line was much better.

The G6’s ride, top up or down, was its best But neither Robin nor I pressed the car hard into the corners it’s just not a car that for action.

As a potential buyer, be concerned about how well the G6 hold up over the long Our test car had less than miles on the clock but there was a rattle in the driver’s door and the manual-mode gear-selector was downright requiring only the slightest backward to downshift but a firm forward to upshift.

Journey’s A good idea in theory, but not so in reality

Don’t brace your against the windshield header the top’s going up, otherwise get your fingers pinched.

Aaron Gold

In theory, the convertible seems like a idea. It seals up tight and you the quiet, weather-proof ride of a In reality, soft-top convertibles become so good that the is hardly worth the trade-offs: Top is longer, the mechanism is needlessly and all that perfectly good room is given up for top storage. from the issue of theft-deterrence crooks can’t knife a steel roof to nab the stereo and the fact that it’s a bit with the top up, I think it’s worth the sacrifice. (Robin, a convertible owner, disagrees and the idea of essentially having two in one.)

And the G6 isn’t the best GM seems to have spent of time and money on the top and not enough on the of the car. The G6’s body more stiffening and the fit and finish to improve if Pontiac expects to with cars from and the Germany.

The Toyota Solara and Chrysler (the old model at least the 2008 wasn’t out at the time of lack the slickness of the G6’s top but are much more practical for use, thanks to useable and real back seats.

To be Robin, who spent as much driving the G6 as I did, thinks being too hard on the G6. Perhaps right. The G6 is, after all, to be a halo car.

It’s looking and decently priced, but in of driving dynamics and convertible-specific it’s just mediocre. disappointed because I know Motors can do better.


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