Pontiac Grand Am Overview
The first two generations of the Grand Am from the 1970s were rear-wheel drive. Beginning in 1985, the third-generation Grand Am was released, and it stayed in production through 1991. This generation is front-wheel drive, offers room for five and is related to the Buick Skylark and Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais.
The fourth-generation Grand Am was introduced in 1992 and produced through 1998. It shared its platform with the Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Cutlass and Chevrolet Malibu. It offers four-cylinder and V6 engine choices along with manual and automatic transmissions.
From 1992 to 1995, a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine was standard and replaced by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder power plant from 1996 to 1998. The original V6 engine displaced 3.3 liters, then was replaced by a 3.1-liter V6 for 1994. Five-speed manual gearboxes and three- or four-speed automatic transmissions were offered.
The fifth and final generation of the Pontiac Grand Am was introduced for 1999. As before, it shares its mechanical underpinnings with other General Motors products, namely the Oldsmobile Alero and Chevrolet Malibu.
Upon its introduction, the 1999 Pontiac Grand Am featured two engine choices: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder power plant making 150 horsepower and a 3.4-liter V6 that generates 170 horsepower. Both engines are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Two trim choices were available, SE and GT, along with sub-trims featuring slight adjustments in equipment. Standard equipment included 15-inch wheels, antilock brakes, power door locks, air conditioning and a basic audio package. Upgrades included power windows, a power driver’s seat, cruise control, a spoiler and a sunroof.
For 2000, Pontiac added a five-speed manual gearbox to the options list for models powered by the base engine. The 2000 Grand Am also received an improved center console and new exterior appearance packages. The following year, the Pontiac Grand Am received a wheel upgrade and additional audio system choices.
Starting with the 2002 model, Pontiac swapped out the base engine with a new one displacing 2.2 liters. Smaller and less powerful than the previous engine, the trade-off was improved fuel economy.
For 2003, Pontiac shuffled its equipment packages and trim levels. Satellite radio was made available on all models and the OnStar telematics system was made standard on all trims except the base SE. For 2004, an upgraded four-speaker audio system was rolled out and an MP3 compatible CD player was available or standard on all models except for the SE.
The Grand Am’s final year was 2005, when the sedan was dropped from the lineup along with the four-cylinder engine. Only the coupe was available as the Pontiac G6 sedan was introduced for 2005.
The Grand Am may be cross-shopped against models such as the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra, Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Jetta.