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2002 Pontiac Grand Am Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
A new 140-horsepower, 2.2-liter Ecotec twin-cam four-cylinder engine goes into the SE model of Pontiac’s midsize coupe and sedan. The sporty GT model gets new five-spoke, 16-inch aluminum-torqued wheels, and chrome tech wheels are available as an option. A new Grand Am console includes an integrated cupholder. Four Grand Am versions are available: the SE, SE1, GT and GT1.

Last restyled for 1999, Pontiac’s front-drive compact coupe and sedan can be equipped with either the new four-cylinder engine or a 3.4-liter V-6 power plant, which is offered only with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Grand Am stems from the basic design of the Oldsmobile Alero and uses the same engines and front-drive chassis. But styling and interior features differ considerably, as Pontiac takes the lead as the sportiest member in the General Motors group.

Exterior
Aggressive styling is a Grand Am hallmark. Both the two-door coupe and four-door sedan feature a low nose and high tail, with a pronounced wedge profile. Traditional Pontiac styling cues include ribbed body cladding and a twin-port grille.

Coupes and sedans ride the same 107.2-inch wheelbase and measure 186.3 inches long overall. Each is a couple inches shorter than the top-selling Honda Accord and Toyota Camry and about a foot shorter than the Ford Taurus. The Grand Am stretches 70.4 inches wide and stands 55.1 inches tall.

All models have a four-wheel-independent suspension. The GT has unique front and rear fascias, c...

Vehicle Overview
A new 140-horsepower, 2.2-liter Ecotec twin-cam four-cylinder engine goes into the SE model of Pontiac’s midsize coupe and sedan. The sporty GT model gets new five-spoke, 16-inch aluminum-torqued wheels, and chrome tech wheels are available as an option. A new Grand Am console includes an integrated cupholder. Four Grand Am versions are available: the SE, SE1, GT and GT1.

Last restyled for 1999, Pontiac’s front-drive compact coupe and sedan can be equipped with either the new four-cylinder engine or a 3.4-liter V-6 power plant, which is offered only with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Grand Am stems from the basic design of the Oldsmobile Alero and uses the same engines and front-drive chassis. But styling and interior features differ considerably, as Pontiac takes the lead as the sportiest member in the General Motors group.

Exterior
Aggressive styling is a Grand Am hallmark. Both the two-door coupe and four-door sedan feature a low nose and high tail, with a pronounced wedge profile. Traditional Pontiac styling cues include ribbed body cladding and a twin-port grille.

Coupes and sedans ride the same 107.2-inch wheelbase and measure 186.3 inches long overall. Each is a couple inches shorter than the top-selling Honda Accord and Toyota Camry and about a foot shorter than the Ford Taurus. The Grand Am stretches 70.4 inches wide and stands 55.1 inches tall.

All models have a four-wheel-independent suspension. The GT has unique front and rear fascias, color-keyed side cladding, twin-post mirrors and a decklid spoiler.

Interior
Seating is provided for five occupants, with front buckets and a three-place rear seat. Like many two-door vehicles, the coupe’s narrow rear seat is better suited for two people than three. All models except the base SE have a split, folding rear seatback that adds extra storage space beyond the 14.6-cubic-foot trunk.

Compared to the Alero’s design, the Grand Am dashboard looks cluttered. Small audio controls are difficult to use while driving.

Standard SE equipment includes air conditioning, programmable door locks with lockout protection, a CD player, tilt steering wheel, PassLock II theft-deterrent system and illuminated entry. The SE1 adds traction control, power windows and a remote keyless entry system. In addition to a stronger engine and more aggressive body features, the GT comes with a Monsoon stereo sound system.

Under the Hood
Pontiac’s new base 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 140 hp and mates with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. The 170-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 engine is optional in the SE1. A 175-hp Ram Air V-6 features cold-air induction and a lower-restriction exhaust system; this engine goes into the GT and GT1 and teams only with the automatic transmission. All-disc antilock brakes and traction control are standard.

Driving Impressions
The Grand Am has established a reputation for commendable performance and handling, and it retains its mildly aggressive appearance even if it’s not the most refined midsize on the market. Acceleration is smooth and rather energetic with the new Ecotec four-cylinder engine, except when trying to go uphill. GM’s automatic transmissions rank among the smoothest around, and the one in the Grand Am is no exception; but drivers may notice an occasional bit of uncertainty. Grand Ams also are pleasantly quiet inside.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.7
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Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(3.7)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(3.6)

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(5.0)

Pontiac Grand AM SE1

by Pontiac Owner from Lansing ,MI on September 27, 2019

This car was a great all around vehicle for our family. Family, college kids, grocery getter, camping, road travel, do anything go everywhere.' Stood up to anything we used it for with no problems, ... Read full review

(5.0)

It's a sporty and reliable car.

by Ashton McCloud from Mondovi, Wisconsin on August 13, 2019

If you want something that gets good gas mileage and style without extreme price this is the car for you. It surprisingly has a lot of space for a car and a large trunk. Read full review

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Grand Am received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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