DARNESTOWN, Md. (MarketWatch) — If you’ve ever discovered that someone’s taken a knife to the top of your convertible and removed some valuables, you quickly recognize the wisdom in a hardtop convertible.
It offers year-round security, along with a reduction in interior noise and an extra degree or three of warmth now that Old Man Winter’s ready to start knocking on the door. Then at the push of a button, you can enjoy all the warm sunshine come next spring.
That may explain why Mazda recently introduced a hardtop convertible with its MX-5 sports car, not to mention BMW adding one in its three-series and Chrysler move to include one as part of its Sebring line. (Volkswagen and Volvo already have such models on the market.)
Enter the Pontiac G6 GT hardtop. See slide show.
When the weather turns warm, a push of a button on the windshield header is all that’s needed to let the sunshine in: The lid to the storage compartment opens up, the roof folds itself in all the right places and in about 30 seconds, you have a convertible. We think the neighbors will enjoy watching this.
Please note that the top won’t open if it’s really cold out — with temperatures, say, in the low teens. And like many hardtop convertibles, you lose virtually all trunk space with the top down — so pack accordingly.
Top up or down, we think this was one sharp-looking car. From the distinctive Pontiac grill to the sweeping lines to the rear, this car catches eyes and generates smiles.
Our test car had an optional 3.9-liter, 227-horsepower six, part of a $1,290 “sport package,” that was married to a four-speed automatic. A six-speed can be had with the higher-horsepower package (252 ponies).
Our six provided brisk acceleration in everyday driving. The G6 is EPA rated at 17 to 24 miles per gallon.
Ah, that it were more fun to drive, however. The downfall: a boulevard ride and a suspension system closer to old-world Detroit than up-to-date rock-and-roll sporty car. There’s more body lean in tight turns than we would like, and the steering was on the numb side. But for cruising down Main Street on a warm summer’s night, well, this rig’s perfect.
While there was body flex, especially in cold weather, we think GM did a generally good job in building the G6.
That said, the interior needed more comfortable seats for long drives. And despite the optional adjustable pedals and tilt and telescoping wheel, we never really were able to find a comfortable driving position. (Note: Anyone taller than about 6′ 2″ should take a serious test sit in this car before signing on the dotted line, since headroom seemed to be in shorter supply than the earlier G6 we tested.)
The back seat’s strictly for packages, dry cleaning or whatever. Visibility is compromised by large A and C pillars, so be sure to use your mirrors, G6 hardtop drivers.
In sum: For those seeking a sharp-looking car that also allows you to work on your tan, the G6, at $32,015 in our well-optioned test model, is worth a look. But serious drivers who want to carve up back roads might want to look elsewhere.
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