2008 Pontiac Grand Prix

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2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix was new.

The Grand Prix has both V6 and V8 engines, but it does not deliver the refinement or handling of top competitors, and its aging style and mediocre cabin quality weigh down its overall score compared to other affordable midsize sedans.

7.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 6.5
Safety: 6.8
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Easy-to-read controls
  • Powerful engine
  • Lots of trunk space and wide-opening doors
  • Offers a V8 engine
  • Not much headroom or legroom in rear seat
  • Clumsy handling

2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Overview

According to our analysis, the 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix maintains its reputation as a vehicle for those who need the practicality and better gas mileage of a midsize family sedan but aren't willing to give up the strong engine or a larger car. "Very American, and very likable in a roughhouse bawdy sort of way," declares Car and Driver. "If you wear your baseball cap backward, this Bud's for you."

Like many, Automobile Magazine notes the sedan "rides into the sporty family segment on its laurels, a little underprepared for the competition."

The Grand Prix, however, is on its last legs.  Pontiac did not build a 2009 model, meaning the 2008 is the last generation of Grand Prix.  In fact, it's one of the last Pontiacs -- General Motors has announced its intention to close the brand at the end of 2009.  The few remaining 2008 Grand Prix models on dealership lots, then, are discontinued cars on doomed dealer lots -- and, with some negotiation, may prove to be among the least expensive midsize cars in America.

If you're shopping for an affordable sedan, also consider the Honda Accord or the Toyota Camry.

  • "These mid-size sedans share their front-drive platform with the Chevy Impala but aspires to a sportier image. This is a stretch for the base model but not the GXP, with its 303-hp V-8." -- Car and Driver
  • "I want to give Pontiac credit for attempting to inject some life back into the Grand Prix. But…there are so many endemic problems with the Grand Prix that haven't been addressed, it's difficult to forget them while you're trying to enjoy the extra shot of adrenaline." -- Detroit News
  • "I would run out of fingers before I could count all the foreign-brand cars I would buy before I'd consider the Grand Prix." -- New York Times
  • "I found myself looking forward to spending some quality time flogging one of America's last remaining full-size touring sedans, the Grand Prix. That is, until I drove one." -- The Truth About Cars
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