2001 Pontiac Bonneville

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$25,220

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville

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Base trim shown

Overview

3 trims

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2001 Pontiac Bonneville review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

Smooth ride and predictable, sure-footed handling that makes it a pleasure to head into and out of those twisting, winding roads just across the border in Cheddarland.

Plenty of power from the 3.8-liter, 205-h.p. V-6, yet still a most favorable 19 m.p.g. city/30 m.p.g. highway mileage rating.

Bonneville comes with smooth, well-cushioned, supportive seats that hold you in place for aggressive driving, though the seat-cushion bottom is a tad short for total thigh support on long cruises.

But, wow, does this car need plastic surgery! Bonneville was redesigned only a year ago, and the body isn’t aging well.

Long one of our favorites for its sporty performance in a family-sedan package, the 2001 Bonneville looks bulky and bulgy on the outside and the instrument panel is overcrowded with buttons, knobs, dials and air ducts–more ducts than Chrysler has cupholders.

It once was fashionable to have a jet cockpit-like dash with 1,000 dials and assorted gauges. Now people want it simple.

Bonneville needs a stylist’s blade to slim the outside and an interior designer to eliminate the confusion and busy work.

Base price of the SE we tested is $25,075. The top-of-the-line SSEi comes with StabiliTrak and traction control as standard. The base SE does not offer StabiliTrak, only traction control as an option–part of a $1,840 package that includes dual-zone air conditioning and OnStar among a host of items on our test car.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.0
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.1

Most reliable car I’ve owned.

This car met all my needs. I was able to find a job, go back to school, and take care of all my other important stuff. I was able to take my family out in this vehicle several occasions. We loved driving this car my husband and I. I even took my older kids out to text drive in this vehicle we have a lot of good memories in this vehicle. Really don’t want to sale it but my family and I are getting ready for a new start and create new memories. Thank you.

4.0

2001 Pontiac Bonneville

This was a very reliable car for me. Had the "3800" engine. The interior started to fall apart and the body rusted out, long before any mechanical problems above normal wear and tear.

4.7

Great all around car

GM 3800 V6 is among the most reliable engines ever built and it's been a joy to own. The Supercharged version is ultra reliable and has it's fair share of giddy-up - surely more than the average car on the road. The interior is advanced for the year and is both comfortable and ergonomic. Much more closely oriented towards comfort rather than sport. The exterior is love it or hate for most people. Overall profile, front and rear fascias of the SSEi are very good looking but has lower body cladding that looks alright but can come off as tacky. For the price point that most Bonnevilles are available for these days you are getting a lot of car for your money.

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