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Pontiac Grand-Am

Pontiac Grand-Am side view
Pontiac Grand-Am angular front perspective
Pontiac Grand-Am angular rear perspective

Overview of the Pontiac Grand-Am

Learn about the Pontiac Grand-Am

Summary

First introduced in 1973, the Pontiac Grand Am is loved for its sporty nature and hints of European style that were a novelty when it arrived on the American market. Production fluctuated through the 1970s partly due to the oil embargo, but the Grand Am made a comeback in the mid-1980s to become Pontiac's best-selling car that would stick around until the G6 would eventually replace it in 2005. The latest generation arrives in a two-door compact coupe and four-door sedan.

Safety

As a classic-era model with sporadic production ending more than a decade ago, you may find fewer safety features compared to more modern vehicles. However, the 2000 Pontiac Grand Am made rear child-seat anchors a standard feature, and the ’01 added lower anchors for reinforced safety. A 1998 redesign introduced next-gen airbags and anti-lock brakes. In 2003, all trim levels except SE got OnStar, an in-vehicle emergency services communication tool.

Interior

On the 1973 Grand Am, a headlight dimmer mounted on the turn-signal switch was a first for cars manufactured in America. This generation also featured bucket seats, tinted glass and African mahogany trim on the instrument panel—which was changed out on the ’74 model due to splintering. Fast-forward to standard air conditioning in the latest generation. 

Other features you can find in later model years include:

  • Power windows and locks
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Sunroof

Technology

Jam to your tunes with the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am and its eight-speaker Monsoon unit with AM/FM/CD/cassette and seven-band equalizer. If this music technology doesn't suit you, a better bet is the ’04 model with optional MP3 upgrade for all trims except SE. Other features on the latest generation are:

  • Cruise control, standard since 2001
  • Satellite radio, available on all models starting in 2003
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls

Space

Although the Pontiac Grand Am was designed for five passengers, you will notice differences in space because of the car styles. Sedans have more headroom and legroom compared to coupes, so three passengers might feel snug in the back seat of the coupe. However, should you choose a Pontiac Grand Am from the first generation, space won't be an issue because they were designed as "large" mid-size vehicles. A sunroof came standard in the fifth and final iteration of the Grand Am, creating an airy interior feel.

Comfort

Early Grand Ams were rear-wheel drive. The final generation is front-wheel drive, providing traction in bad weather since the weight of the engine and transmission are positioned over the front wheels. Sound from the four-cylinder engine in newer Grand Ams is noted to creep into the cabin. Starting in 2002, the base engine was swapped in favour of a smaller, less powerful 2.2 L, trading off for improved fuel economy. Drivers looking for stiffer suspension and speed-sensitive power steering should opt for the GT trim.

Pros and cons of the Pontiac Grand-Am

  • Choice of coupe or sedan models
  • Good performance from V6 engines
  • Good fuel economy
  • Below average reliability
  • Sub-standard interior plastics
  • Poor crash test performance
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Pontiac Grand-Am

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic or Manual
  • City consumption6 - 12.1 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6.7 - 11 L/100km
  • Width1788 - 1795 mm
  • Length4731 - 4732 mm
  • Trunk space396 - 413 L
  • Cargo space396 - 413 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Pontiac Grand-Am

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Pontiac Grand-Am 1999 - 2005 is available in 4 trims:

SE1 trim features and specs

Available with the SE1 trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SE1 trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Cornering lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the SE1 trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the SE1 trim:
  • CD player
  • Cruise control
  • Radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Power door locks
3 engines are available with the SE1 trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 140 hp
City consumption:6 - 11 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 - 9.4 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:679 km
2.4 L - Gas - 150 hp
City consumption:11.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
3.4 L - Gas - 170 hp
City consumption:11 - 11.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.7 - 7.1 L/100km
Transmission:Manual

GT trim features and specs

Available with the GT trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GT trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
Available across all trims:
  • Cornering lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the GT trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic traction control
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the GT trim:
  • CD player
  • Cruise control
  • Radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Power door locks
1 engine is available with the GT trim:
3.4 L - Gas - 175 hp
City consumption:6.7 - 12.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.7 - 11 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:582 km

GT1 trim features and specs

Available with the GT1 trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GT1 trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
Available across all trims:
  • Cornering lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the GT1 trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic traction control
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the GT1 trim:
  • CD player
  • Cruise control
  • Radio
Available across all trims:
  • Power door locks
1 engine is available with the GT1 trim:
3.4 L - Gas - 175 hp
City consumption:11 - 11.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.7 - 7.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic

SE trim features and specs

Available with the SE trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Electrically adjustable front seats (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SE trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Steel wheels (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cornering lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the SE trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the SE trim:
  • CD player (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Power door locks
4 engines are available with the SE trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 140 hp
City consumption:6 - 11 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 - 9.4 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:679 km
2.4 L - Gas - 150 hp
City consumption:11 - 11.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:7 - 7.5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual or Automatic
2.4 L - Gas
Transmission:Automatic
3.4 L - Gas - 170 hp
Transmission:Automatic or Manual

Frequently asked questions about the Pontiac Grand-Am

No, the Pontiac Grand Am is no longer in production. The last was released for 2005.

The name Grand Am came from Pontiac's desire to combine the Grand Prix's luxury and Trans Am's performance into one model.

Yes. Pontiac was owned by American company General Motors until the Pontiac nameplate was retired in 2009 as part of the General Motors financial bailout.

Buyers can find a Pontiac Grand Am from the latest generation, ending in 2005, for less than $4,000. A classic Grand Am from the 1970s can fetch over $20,000.

The third, fourth and latest generations of Pontiac Trans Am offer four-cylinder V6 engines, while the second generation had V6 or V8 and the first generation exclusively V8.