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2001 Pontiac Grand Prix Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Minor styling changes and the availability of the OnStar communication system are the big news for the front-drive Grand Prix.

New front styling for the SE models includes trimmer twin grille ports and new fog lamps and fascia, all to accent the Grand Prix’s WideTrack stance, which positions the wheels wider apart for better handling. The OnStar communication system is now a factory-installed option on the GT and a standard feature on the GTP.

The Grand Prix is built on the same basic architecture as the Buick Century and Regal, Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, and Oldsmobile Intrigue, but has different styling.

Exterior
Though the Grand Prix usually is considered a midsize car, cars.com includes it with full-size models because the 110.5-inch wheelbase — the distance between the centers of the front and rear wheels — exceeds 110, the magic number for full-size status. The Grand Prix’s overall length of 196.5 inches is about 6 inches shorter than the Pontiac Bonneville but in the same ballpark as full-size luxury sedans such as the Acura 3.5 RL and Lexus LS 430.

The Grand Prix is unique in this class for making both a two-door coupe and four-door sedan available. The curvaceous styling is the same on both except for the rear doors and rear side panels.

Interior
The Grand Prix is shorter than the Bonneville in both wheelbase and length but it still is roomy. Headroom is ample for all seats, though adding a power sunroof steals some space. There is adequate legr...

Vehicle Overview
Minor styling changes and the availability of the OnStar communication system are the big news for the front-drive Grand Prix.

New front styling for the SE models includes trimmer twin grille ports and new fog lamps and fascia, all to accent the Grand Prix’s WideTrack stance, which positions the wheels wider apart for better handling. The OnStar communication system is now a factory-installed option on the GT and a standard feature on the GTP.

The Grand Prix is built on the same basic architecture as the Buick Century and Regal, Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, and Oldsmobile Intrigue, but has different styling.

Exterior
Though the Grand Prix usually is considered a midsize car, cars.com includes it with full-size models because the 110.5-inch wheelbase — the distance between the centers of the front and rear wheels — exceeds 110, the magic number for full-size status. The Grand Prix’s overall length of 196.5 inches is about 6 inches shorter than the Pontiac Bonneville but in the same ballpark as full-size luxury sedans such as the Acura 3.5 RL and Lexus LS 430.

The Grand Prix is unique in this class for making both a two-door coupe and four-door sedan available. The curvaceous styling is the same on both except for the rear doors and rear side panels.

Interior
The Grand Prix is shorter than the Bonneville in both wheelbase and length but it still is roomy. Headroom is ample for all seats, though adding a power sunroof steals some space. There is adequate legroom in the rear seat even when the front seats are as far back as they go. The deep trunk holds 16 cubic feet of cargo, and a pass-through section in the rear seatback accommodates long items.

Under the Hood
The front-drive Grand Prix comes in three flavors: mild, spicy and hot. The mild SE sedan uses a base 3.1-liter V-6 engine with 175 horsepower. The spicy variety is a 200-hp 3.8-liter V-6 that is optional on the SE and standard on GT models. The hottest is a supercharged version of the 3.8-liter with 240 hp, part of the GTP Package available on GT models. All come with a four-speed automatic transmission and standard traction control.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
29 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Loved this car.

by Marie "Tennessee" from talbott, tn on October 10, 2019

My favorite car ever! I hate we fell on hard times and had to sell. Would love to have this car back! Bring them back please! Read full review

(4.0)

Has been a great car!

by Andy B from Lexington, Oh on February 16, 2019

Have owned this car for 14 years! Love driving it- wish I would have drove it more (used to be worried about miles) always had fun with it- just never had money to do what I wanted with it (better ... Read full review

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Recalls

The 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix currently has 10 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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 Prix 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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