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Difference Between Honda Accord and Pontiac G6

pontiac-g6Honda Accord vs. Pontiac G6

American muscle versus Japanese finesse – that seems to be the theme of this car comparison. The competitors at a glance, are the Pontiac G6 against the unassuming Honda Accord. In all matters of fairness, we focus on the entry level trim for both brands. Continue to read, and you will surely find the result a bit surprising.

Firstly, we take on the Honda Accord LX, which has a 2.4L inline-4 engine that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, and produces 177 horsepower at 6,500rpm. This thrifty V-TEC engine has a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon for combined city and highway driving. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for this model starts at $21,765.

The Pontic G6, priced at $20,490, is equipped with a standard 2.4-liter inline-4 engine, that is capable of reaching 164hp at 6400rpm, through a 4-speed automatic gearbox. It is surprisingly fuel efficient, just like the Accord, with a 25mpg rating.

Certain similarities for both entry level cars include: 4-wheel ABS as a primary standard safety feature, front wheel drivetrain, ventilated disc brakes on all corners, and up to 5 passengers of cabin space. As for the rest, everything is different, such as curb weight, wherein the Accord LX weighs in at a slightly trimmer 3230 lbs., compared to the Pontiac’s 3305lbs of mass. Tires and rims also differ by mere millimeters, with the Accord wearing 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/60 all-season tires, and the G6 wearing 215/55 sized rubber over 17-inch rims.

It must be noted though, that all these numbers are for the entry-level models only, for both car manufacturers. Things get a bit more upscale, more competitive and pricier as you go up the different trim levels. The Accord offers three different trim levels, namely, the base LX, the upgraded EX, and the top of the line EX-L, which offers premium features, such as leather upholstery and an optional navigation system.

The Pontiac G6 is available in 6 trims, ranging from the base sedan to the GT convertible, which is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 217-horsepower. A 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard for this trim level.

What’s so great about the Pontiac G6 that the Honda Accord lacks, is that it is available in a convertible or a sports sedan chassis, which offers good flexibility in terms of usage. Get a top level trim G6, and drive it as a sports car, or go for the mid-level tier and use it as family sedan. Either way, you will have a great driving experience.

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