Pontiac Grand Prix

Pontiac Grand Prix

The muscle-car style of the Pontiac Grand Prix, which ceased production with the 2008 model year, definitely helped the model stand out on the road. This classic mid-size sedan is big enough for families, yet has the rear-drive look and feel that appeals to performance-oriented buyers.

MODEL OVERVIEW

For those with a passion for this legendary Pontiac muscle car, an alternative trim for the Grand Prix is firmly rooted in the sports car realm. Both the standard trim and sports trim versions handle well on the road, with plenty of power. The history of the Pontiac Grand Prix is a storied one as the car was first introduced by General Motors in 1962. The Grand Prix was a hit from day one and new models remained for sale until 2008. In many ways, the Pontiac Grand Prix was the quintessential American car as it defined a certain look and style like few other models. For well over four decades, the Grand Prix was able to stake out a strong position in the US domestic auto market.  Used Grand Prixv vehicles have either a V6 or a V8 engine. The base model houses the V6 engine and the GXP sports car offers the turbocharged V8. The suspension on the GXP is different since it is designed for a sporty car.

The base model sedan is more prevalent on the market and its 3.8-liter V6 engine delivers 200 horsepower at 5,200 rpm. The Grand Prix GXP Sedan generates 303 horsepower at 5,600 rpm thanks to its 5.3-liter V8 engine with 303 horsepoer. As for transmission, both trims present 4-Speed Automatic Overdrive. Even though the car may be a mid-size design, it can move fast on the road and do so with expert handling.

The Pontiac Grand Prix mpg numbers are quite good for both engines. The base sedan is able to achieve 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The GPX sedan can garner 16 and 25 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway, respectively.

No matter which trim is selected, the comfortably seats five passengers. There are 16 cubic feet of cargo capacity. A cargo net comes standard with the GPX and remains an option for the base sedan trim.

The exterior look of the 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix retains the traditional styling the line.. Unfortunately, the desire for a new look may have led Pontiac to discontinue the line.

Changes seemed to be in order as 2009 approached and General Motors determined it would be best to cease making Grand Prix in favor of a line with a different look and newer technology. The long serving Grand Prix line does offer a, pardon the pun, a grand legacy. Those wishing to own one of these reliable models will discover the previously owned market well worth visiting.

SAFETY

Information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is limited although it is known that the IIHS gave the 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix a GOOD (G) rating for its moderate overlap front. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating is more comprehensive as the 2008 Grand Prix received FIVE STARS for the Driver Frontal Crash Test and FOUR STARS for the Passenger Frontal Crash Test. Both Side Crash Tests in the Front and the Rear received THREE STAR ratings. Scores of excellent safety features such as airbags and both child safety and power door locks are standard with these cars.