The 2024 Pontiac Grand Prix is a line of cars manufactured by General Motors’ Pontiac Division. The Pontiac Grand Prix maintains its reputation as a vehicle for those who need the practicality and better gas mileage of a mid-size family sedan but aren’t willing to give up a powerful engine or a bigger car. The Grand Prix’s aggressive styling may tempt buyers looking for a sharper alternative to the mild-mannered Accord, normally most people will find the similarly priced, rear-wheel-drive charger much more satisfying.
Until recently, choosing a domestic sedan often meant giving up the high level of refinement and overall quality with which Japanese brands have built their reputations. But recent successes like the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Ford Fusion have proven that American automakers can step up to the plate. The Pontiac Prix models that remained in dealership lots, at the time, were discontinued cars at convicted dealership lots, and with some bargaining could prove to be among the cheapest mid-size cars in America.
The Pontiac Grand Prix is available as a 4-door sedan in one of three trim stages: Base, GT, and GXP. The base model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, OnStar, a CD player, cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry, power windows, and mirrors. The GT adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a remote vehicle starter, and a trip computer. A Special Edition package is optional, featuring floor effects, a body-colored grille, glossy exhaust tips, and unique 17-inch alloys. The Pontiac Grand Prix GXP includes tighter suspension tuning, performance tires, an enthusiast stability control system, an upgraded steering wheel, a head-up display, unique upholstery, and 18-inch alloys. A Premium Package with leather seats and automatic dual-zone climate control is also available in the Pontiac.
Pontiac Grand Prix Interior
Inside the Grand Prix, there is a definite cockpit theme as the center console curves to meet the driver, and the gauges and gauges are all red. The front seats are wide and comfortable, but taller adults may find headroom limited. The rear seat is cramped, and a low bench and tight legroom make it a last resort for adults. At least there’s plenty of cargo space thanks to its 16-cubic-foot trunk.
Pontiac Grand Prix Engine
The tow engine options 3.8-liter V6s and a 5.3-liter V8 serve in the front-wheel drive Grand Prix. In the base model, the standard 3800 Series III V6 produces 200 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of torque. The Grand Prix GT has a supercharged version rated for 260 ponies and 280 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the 5.3-liter V8 in the GXP produces a healthy 303 hp and 323 lb-ft of torque. All engines come with a four-speed automatic transmission, and the GXP has an automatic manual mode.
Even the base engine is responsive at low and medium speeds, while the supercharged GT keeps up with the V6 versions of the Accord and Altima. While we absolutely love the rush of the mighty V8 in the GXP, the front wheels struggle to handle its power. Torque steering is noticeable and the car feels nose-heavy on tight corners
Pontiac Grand Prix Safety
Anti-lock brakes and traction control are optional at the base and standard on the GT and GXP. Stability control, called StabiliTrak Sport, is standard on the Grand Prix GXP. The Front and rear side curtain airbags are not as standard on all models. In government crash tests, the Pontiac Grand Prix received three out of five stars for side effects, but the car under test did not have side curtain airbags. Frontal crash tests resulted in three stars for driver protection and four stars for passengers. Pontiac Grand Prix is voted as best in the IIHS preliminary offset test.