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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix

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$833 — $7,269 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
22-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance, especially in supercharged version
  • Handling in GTP and Comp G
  • Front and rear headroom
  • Sporty appearance

The Bad

  • City fuel economy with supercharged engine
  • Resale value of GT
  • Backseat legroom and comfort
  • Aging design

What to Know

about the 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix
  • Two 3.8-liter V-6s
  • Available TAPshift gear-change feature
  • Optional side-curtain airbags

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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Pontiac revamped its midsize front-wheel-drive Grand Prix sedan for 2004. Now in its ninth generation, the Grand Prix has styling overtones that are related to the automaker’s recently launched GTO.

For 2005, the Grand Prix sedan comes in base, GT and GTP trim levels. A Competition Group (Comp G) handling package is available. An MP3-capable CD radio replaces the previous cassette/CD unit, and a DVD-based navigation system is now available. The Grand Prix may be equipped with a remote starter and dual-zone air conditioning. General Motors’ OnStar communication system is standard. A TAPshift (Touch Activated Power) system lets the driver of a model with the Comp G package use paddles on the steering wheel to change gears in the automatic transmission.

Exterior
The Grand Prix’s smooth bodysides are said to be Coke-bottle shaped, a theme that harks back to the muscle-car era. They extend into twin-port grilles with a two-tone lower fascia. Large corner-mounted taillights flank the rear spoiler.

The Grand Prix has a 110.5-inch wheelbase, extends to 198.3 inches long overall and measures approximately 4 inches shorter than the Pontiac Bonneville. Fog lamps are standard. Standard tires measure 16 inches in diameter, but the GTP edition gets 17-inchers.

Interior
The Grand Prix is spacious enough for five adults. The deep trunk holds 16 cubic feet of cargo, and a pass-thru in the 60/40-split folding backseat is installed.

The larger analog gauges have...

Vehicle Overview
Pontiac revamped its midsize front-wheel-drive Grand Prix sedan for 2004. Now in its ninth generation, the Grand Prix has styling overtones that are related to the automaker’s recently launched GTO.

For 2005, the Grand Prix sedan comes in base, GT and GTP trim levels. A Competition Group (Comp G) handling package is available. An MP3-capable CD radio replaces the previous cassette/CD unit, and a DVD-based navigation system is now available. The Grand Prix may be equipped with a remote starter and dual-zone air conditioning. General Motors’ OnStar communication system is standard. A TAPshift (Touch Activated Power) system lets the driver of a model with the Comp G package use paddles on the steering wheel to change gears in the automatic transmission.

Exterior
The Grand Prix’s smooth bodysides are said to be Coke-bottle shaped, a theme that harks back to the muscle-car era. They extend into twin-port grilles with a two-tone lower fascia. Large corner-mounted taillights flank the rear spoiler.

The Grand Prix has a 110.5-inch wheelbase, extends to 198.3 inches long overall and measures approximately 4 inches shorter than the Pontiac Bonneville. Fog lamps are standard. Standard tires measure 16 inches in diameter, but the GTP edition gets 17-inchers.

Interior
The Grand Prix is spacious enough for five adults. The deep trunk holds 16 cubic feet of cargo, and a pass-thru in the 60/40-split folding backseat is installed.

The larger analog gauges have a 3-D look, and the doors display satin-nickel accents. Pontiac’s optional head-up display can provide a “stealth” mode provision that allows the driver to extinguish all instrument panel lighting for enhanced visibility during night driving.

Under the Hood
A 200-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 is standard in base and GT models. The GTP sedan is equipped with a supercharged version that develops 260 hp. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on the GT and GTP and optional on the base sedan. Side curtain-type airbags are optional on the GT and GTP.

Driving Impressions
While the Grand Prix has many appealing features, it doesn’t quite compare to European and most Asian models in solidity. The Grand Prix, and especially the supercharged version, performs energetically. The Comp G sedan has strong passing power and accelerates from a standstill with vigor, but there’s little evidence of supercharger action. The Comp G’s paddle shifters work well but suffer a little delay.

The GTP’s suspension eases over most road flaws, but it gives the impression of avoiding rather than absorbing them. Its handling skills are a bonus, and handling with the Comp G package is even tighter. Ride comfort in the Comp G isn’t bad for a performance model.

Headroom is ample in each seating position, but the optional power sunroof steals some space. Comp G riders get snugly bolstered, extra-supportive seats with leather upholstery.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
41 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Best car I’ve had in my life

by BoiseStateGrad208 from Boise, Idaho on January 12, 2019

I had this car for my entire adult life and for the most part it ran perfectly well and was always reliable for the long trips I’ve taken! Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I've owned

by Allen from Lansing, Michigan on December 19, 2018

Great car that came thru in the clutch I was catching the bus in this brutal Michigan Winter so it was needed and much appreciated. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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