"BMW 550 at a budget price"4.5 starson by appletonrc
Pros: Power, rear wheel drive, great handeling
Cons: Atari gauges, no manual in 2008
Summary: For the price of this car, there isn't one out there that does it as well as the G8. The 550i almost has the same power, but comes with a 60K price tag. The Charger has a disappointing interior (the 300 C is isn't far ahead of the charger in that department).
This is a very competent rear wheel drive mid to large size sedan. The rear seat has room for three with plenty of leg room for 6 footers. I recently took my G8 GT on a 250 mile trip and averaged 25.7 on the way there, 26.5 on the way back.
It isn't a perfect car. The Atari battery and oil gauges are completely out of place. So much so that Pontiac took them out and now there is a cubbie in it's place. The aftermarket is already working on some nice analog gauges. The transmission in the standard mode spends a little too much time trying to save gas. It is a "Manumatic" transmission, so you can tap shift which help immensely during spirited driving.
Cnet's suggestion for a C class as an option doesn't make much sense. The G8 is a much bigger car than the C class.
I've owned one for about 2 months now and it has been great. (I do miss the 6 speed GTO I traded in for it. At least 2009 with have the GXP with a 6 speed)