2007 Pontiac G5
Pontiac G5

Cars That Shouldn’t Exist: Pontiac G5

Companies come up with concept cars all the time. If consumers like it, most of the time the car maker will produce a more “pedestrian” version of the concept and push it to market.

But there are some cars out there should just be left on the drawing board, no matter what. So what’s the first car on our list that shouldn’t exist?

Pontiac G5

An inexpensive compact coupe getting an excellent 37 MPG with a punchy 155 horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. What’s the problem here? Well this is one of the worst cases of rebadging I’ve ever seen. As you can see, the Pontiac G5 and Chevy Cobalt are almost identical cars, inside and out. They didn’t even go through the trouble of trying to make them look different:

The G5 is a completely pointless car – the Chevy Cobalt offers a much wider variety of trims and options. Other than the sportier Pontiac image, there’s nothing the G5 offers that the Cobalt doesn’t. The sporty thing doesn’t even make sense, because the Cobalt (but not the G5) offers a supercharged version.

That’s not to say the G5 doesn’t sell a few models, but the cost that GM incurs having a extra model in their lineup instead of promoting the Cobalt seems wasteful, even though I’m sure the Pontiac G5 is very cheap for them to make, seeing as how the only difference is the front grill.

I’m also not saying the Cobalt is a good model – I hated it when I drove an early model, but I couldn’t imagine the G5 being any better.

Do you own a Pontiac G5 or don’t agree with me? Chew me out in the comments section below.

  1. I just purchased a 09 G5 and I love it! I test drove the cobalt and the G5 and I like the way the G5 drove more than I liked the cobalt. Also they do look similar, but I do not like the back end or front end of the cobalt. the back and front look a lot different. they handled a bit different as well. Pontiac's are great cars and GM should have gotten rid of the GMC line as their models are exactly the same as the Chevy's same names and everything!

  2. I bought a 2008 Pontiac G5 last March (2009) and love it. However, twice in the last two days my motor sped up as if I had cruise control (which I don’t). I had to throw it in neutral and hit the gas pedal for the car to stop reving up. Someone said they think Toyota made these cars. Is there a recall? Did anyone else have this problem?

    1. Hi Linda, Toyota has supplied these parts to GM for some models, but I’m not sure if the G5 is included.

      DEFINITELY contact your dealer right away and also let GM know.

      Please keep us updated on what happens.

  3. actually, I DRIVE A G5 and i go to school with a lot of kids that drive cobalts. very common buy, and in my overall opinion i think the g5 is wayyy cuter than the cobalt. maybe alike inside and out but its not a competition.

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