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Pontiac Sunfire

Pontiac Sunfire side view
Pontiac Sunfire angular front perspective
Pontiac Sunfire angular rear perspective

Overview of the Pontiac Sunfire

Learn about the Pontiac Sunfire

Summary

The Pontiac Sunfire is a reliable compact car that was produced from 1995 until 2005. Although the vehicle doesn’t come standard with a wealth of advanced technology, many buyers are pleased with the array of safety features. The Pontiac Sunfire also has a polished interior with an emphasis on quality materials and organic design.

More recent models are available in only a pair of trim options, while earlier vehicles offer different looks. Convertible and coupe body (two doors and fixed roof) styles both enjoy the Pontiac Sunfire’s efficient 2.2 L engine to navigate around town with ease.

Safety

The Pontiac Sunfire comes standard with a suite of safety features across model years to make you feel confident behind the wheel, including dual front airbags and child seat anchors. Additionally, the vehicle is outfitted with an ignition disable device that prevents the engine from being started when any key other than the original manufacturer’s is employed. Aside from these standard features, all Pontiac Sunfire models also come with a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) to help you avoid potential collisions while on the road.

Interior

The Pontiac Sunfire is available in either a sedan (four doors), coupe or convertible body style, with the SE as the base trim on all three. Additionally, an upscale GT trim level can be found on some coupe and convertible Sunfire models. Vehicles made in 2005 offer a new Sport appearance and are available in either the SL or SLX trim level. 

Although the Sunfire doesn’t have many high-end interior elements, drivers can expect to find comfortable cloth upholstery. The simple styling features rounded smooth shapes with deep curves to hide seams. The humble design of the Pontiac Sunfire is indicative of the vehicle’s affordable price tag. Despite this, some buyers dislike the Sunfire’s lack of cabin add-ons.

Technology

All standard Pontiac Sunfires are equipped with AM/FM stereo, four speakers and two power accessory outlets. Drivers can enjoy Pontiac’s theatre dimming interior lights that gradually fade when the doors are closed. 

 Pontiac Sunfire models from 2001 have technological add-ons such as:

  • Premium Monsoon sound system
  • Power mirrors to easily adjust side- and rear-view mirrors
  • Cruise control, so you can maintain a steady speed on those long highway drives

Space

The Pontiac Sunfire offers its occupants a fair amount of room, particularly in the front seats. Some drivers find the rear seats to be a little tight for taller passengers. The vehicle has side-door storage and an impressively deep glove compartment. Should you need more cargo space, the rear seats offer 60/40 folding to accommodate larger items.

Comfort

Recognized for its affordable price tag and fuel-efficient performance, the Pontiac Sunfire can achieve 10.2 L/100 km in the city and 7.4 L/100 km on the highway. Sunfire models from later than 2002 are powered by a single 2.2 L Ecotec engine that releases 140 HP. Though it lacks the creature comforts of more modern cars, the Sunfire does have the necessities, such as air-conditioning and remote trunk release in some later trims.

Pros and cons of the Pontiac Sunfire

  • High torque four-cylinder engine
  • Racy styling in earlier models
  • Choice of coupe or sedan (convertible ceased production in 2000)
  • Cabin seating can seem uncomfortable
  • Excessive body roll in corners
  • Ceased production in 2005
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Pontiac Sunfire

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors2
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual
  • City consumption9.4 - 12 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6 - 7.5 L/100km
  • Width1712 - 1738 mm
  • Length4580 - 4703 mm
  • Trunk space351 - 374 L
  • Cargo space351 - 374 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Pontiac Sunfire

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 Sunfire 1995 - 2005 is available in 5 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the Basic trim:
  • CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control (optional)
3 engines are available with the Basic trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 115 hp
City consumption:10.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.8 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
2.2 L - Gas - 120 hp
Transmission:Manual
2.4 L - Gas - 150 hp
City consumption:11.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual

SL trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SL trim:
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the SL trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the SL trim:
  • CD player (optional)
  • Radio
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control (optional)
2 engines are available with the SL trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 115 hp
City consumption:11 L/100km
Highway consumption:7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
2.2 L - Gas - 140 hp
City consumption:9.4 - 10 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 - 6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual

SLX trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SLX trim:
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the SLX trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the SLX trim:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control (optional)
1 engine is available with the SLX trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 115 hp
City consumption:11 L/100km
Highway consumption:7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual

SE trim features and specs

Available with the SE trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SE trim:
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the SE trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the SE trim:
  • CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control (optional)
3 engines are available with the SE trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 115 hp
City consumption:10.5 - 10.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.4 - 6.5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
2.2 L - Gas - 120 hp
City consumption:10 - 10.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 - 6.1 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
2.4 L - Gas - 150 hp
City consumption:10.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual

GT trim features and specs

Available with the GT trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GT trim:
  • Catalytic converter
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Fog lights
  • Steel wheels (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the GT trim:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (optional)
  • Side airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
Available with the GT trim:
  • CD player (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control (optional)
3 engines are available with the GT trim:
2.2 L - Gas - 140 hp
City consumption:9.4 - 11 L/100km
Highway consumption:6 - 7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
2.3 L - Gas - 150 hp
Combined consumption:7.2 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:805 km
2.4 L - Gas - 150 hp
City consumption:10.7 - 12 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 - 7.5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual

Frequently asked questions about the Pontiac Sunfire

Although the Pontiac Sunfire has a sporty exterior design, the vehicle isn't a genuine sports car. Rather, the Sunfire is an affordable compact vehicle.

Introduced by Pontiac in 1995, the Sunfire was produced for one generation and received two facelifts. They stopped making the Sunfire in Canada after the model year 2005.

The Pontiac Sunfire is available in sedan (four-door), coupe (two-door) and convertible body styles, with each model seating up to five occupants.

The top speed on a Pontiac Sunfire will vary depending on year and performance options. A 2003 Sunfire is cited as having a maximum speed of 190 km/h.

A pre-owned Sunfire's price may range anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for a new Sunfire was over $16,000.