The Pontiac Grand Prix comes solely as a four-door sedan and is available in three trim levels base, GT and GXP. The base model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, OnStar telematics, a CD player, cruise control, air-conditioning, power accessories and keyless entry. The GT adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, a remote vehicle starter and a trip computer. A Special Edition package, which features ground effects, body-colour grille, bright exhaust tips and unique 17-inch alloys, is optional for the base and GT trims.
There's a definite cockpit theme, as the centre stack curves to meet the driver and the gauges and displays are all in red. Control layouts are simple and intuitive, even those for the trip computer. The front seats are broad and comfortable, though taller adults may find headroom limited. The backseat is cramped for adults and big kids due to the coupe-like roof line, low seating position and tight foot room. In-cabin stowage is minimal but at least there's plenty of cargo space thanks to a 16-cubic-foot trunk. The 60/40-split rear seats (and on the GXP, the front-passenger seat) fold flat, allowing long items to be carried within the car.
The Pontiac Grand Prix feels larger than most of its competitors, the Grand Prix is still fairly tight and tossable for a front-wheel-drive car. It is most impressed by the GT trim, as it strikes us as having the best balance of ride comfort and sporty handling dynamics. The steering has progressive weighting and a fair amount of road communication. The GXP, on the other hand, is not nearly as composed, as the heavy V8 in its nose blunts the ability of the car to turn in crisply and make quick transitions. In cruise mode, the V6 engines are noisier than those in more refined competitors, though fuel economy on long interstate drives is impressive.