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What’s the Best Cheap Used Car with Great Gas Mileage?

We’ve all been there. You have basic transportation needs and a budget tighter than a screw cap on a cheap bottle of wine. An inexpensive used car can help you meet your needs without resorting to taking out a high-interest loan. Knowing which car to buy is key, but the answer is too often locked away. We’re here to cut through the bombardment of advertisements and get right to the facts. When you buy the right cheap used car it will set you free. Buy the wrong one and you’ll enter a new world of pain.

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2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe Review

MPG-o-Matic Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe Review Summary: As a result of a short production run and GM’s bankruptcy, the 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe GXP may have achieved instant collectible status. The Solstice GXP Coupe’s gorgeous design turns heads, while its high-output turbo four cylinder engine delivers a one-two punch of real-world performance and fuel economy. Although the spartan interior, almost non-existent luggage capacity, and drastically limited rearward visibility may dull the shine, there’s no getting over the fact that this is one beautiful, rare, torquey, and fuel-efficient bird.

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2009 Pontiac Reviews – It’s History

With today’s announcement from General Motors that Pontiac will cease to exist by the end of 2010, it dawned on me that I’ve had the opportunity to document history. Over the last year, I test drove and reviewed four different 2009 Pontiac vehicles, driving each for a week’s time.

Looking back on the reviews, Pontiac’s demise wasn’t difficult to predict, given the evaporation of Oldsmobile earlier this decade. The majority of Pontiac’s offerings were too much the same, offering nearly identical products to other brands. The Pontiac G6 is based on the Chevy Malibu, the G5 is based on the Chevy Cobalt, the Solstice is a twin of the Saturn Sky, and the Vibe is based on the Toyota Matrix.

Drive each of these cars against their cousins, and you’d be hard pressed to see much difference.

The Pontiac G8 is the one shining exception. Built and sold in Australia as the Holden Commodore, the G8 is a thoroughly modern sports sedan. While the G8 is light on technology, it offers exceptional performance. Given the attention, the Commodore/G8 could compete with the best in its class, on a worldwide basis.

It is increasingly clear that General Motors international assets are core to the company’s future. In today’s Q&A session, GM Chief Executive Fritz Henderson, stressed that “the nature of those global relationships will change” within their new four core brand strategy (Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC).

Before today’s press conference, it was my hope that the G8/Commodore would live on here in the States, either as a Chevy or more preferably as a Cadillac (but not both). Unfortunately, Fritz Henderson made the comment that the G8 would be phased out by the end of this year.

Regardless of that, I don’t believe we’ve seen the last of the car. With tweaks to the nose, tail, and interior, GM could have a brilliant new Cadillac in record time that would slot in just under the CTS and help bring more youthful drivers to the showroom. Given Henderson’s comments that Cadillac must “win in the United States,” there could be no clearer nor more rapid path to success.

The trump card?

Stuff a twin-turbo clean diesel under the Commodore’s hood to deliver performance and fuel economy to rival the BMW 335d.

2009 Pontiac G8 GT Review

2009 Pontiac G6 Review

2009 Pontiac G5 XFE Review

2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD Review

Pontiac Vibe AWD Review

2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD MPG-o-Matic Pontiac Vibe AWD Review Summary: The 2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD is one of the most affordable and thrifty AWD cars sold in America. The Vibe shares its underpinnings with the Toyota Matrix. Both the Vibe and Matrix are built in the same Fremont, CA auto plant.

If you’re looking for a small all-wheel-drive vehicle with unique styling, the 2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD just might be playing your tune.

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Pontiac G8 GT vs BMW 335d

I was inspired to knock out a quick CNN iReport this morning, based on the recent developments in Washington. While this might not be what you expect, it goes right to the heart of the matter at GM. I recently had the chance to review a Pontiac G8 GT back-to-back with a BMW 335d. After evaluating each car for a week, I was impressed with both. For the folks that think that GM can’t build a car that’s competitive with the imports, I can only suggest that they take a G8 GT out for a test drive.

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