• (4.5) 38 reviews
  • Available Prices: $2,392–$9,008
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 20-23
  • Engine: 200-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2008 Pontiac Grand Prix

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix

What We Don't Like

  • Resale values
  • Backseat legroom and comfort
  • Aging design
  • ABS is optional

Notable Features

  • New exterior colors
  • 5.3-liter V-8 in GXP
  • Optional side curtain airbags

2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Pontiac revamped its midsize front-wheel-drive Grand Prix sedan for 2004. The Grand Prix enters the 2008 model year with few changes. Three new exterior colors are now offered, and the midlevel GT trim has been dropped, leaving only two trims: the base Grand Prix and high-performance GXP. The Grand Prix competes in the same segment as the Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus and Nissan Maxima.

General Motors' OnStar communication system is standard, as is a tire pressure monitoring system. A TAPshift (Touch Activated Power) system lets the driver of a GXP sedan use paddles on the steering wheel to change the automatic transmission's gears.


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

Built on a 110.5-inch wheelbase, the Grand Prix extends to 198.3 inches long overall. Fog lamps are standard on GXP models. Standard wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, but 17-inchers are optional; the GXP gets 18-inch tires.


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

Sizable analog gauges have a 3-D look, and the doors display satin-nickel accents. The GXP's standard head-up display 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 the base sedan. Last year's supercharged V-6 engine is no longer offered. In the GXP sedan, a 5.3-liter V-8 generates 303 hp at 5,600 rpm and 323 pounds-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The 5.3-liter V-8 uses GM's Active Fuel Management system that shuts downs four cylinders during light-load situations and is claimed to reduce gas consumption by up to 12 percent in certain conditions. All engines drive a four-speed automatic transmission, with the GXP receiving a heavy-duty unit.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on GXP models and optional on the base sedan. Side curtain airbags are optional. The GXP has an electronic stability system.

Driving Impressions
Even though the Grand Prix has many appealing features, it doesn't quite compare to European and most Asian models in terms of solidness. It does, however, perform energetically, especially with V-8 power in the GXP. Promising strong passing performance, it accelerates from a standstill with vigor, and the V-8 emits a much throatier, fuller exhaust note than the discontinued supercharged V-6. Pontiac's paddle shifters work well but may suffer a little delay.

The Grand Prix's suspension eases over most road flaws, but it gives the impression of avoiding rather than absorbing them. Good handling without major loss in ride comfort is a bonus with the upper models. Headroom is ample in each seating position, but the optional power sunroof steals some space.


Consumer Reviews

(4.5)

Average based on 38 reviews

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Sturdy car

by Henry from Walker, MI on November 2, 2017

Just bought this car and have only put 2000 miles on it so far! This car met my standards and is a very sturdy, well built car. I really enjoy it and it looks great!

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2 Trims Available

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2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Pontiac Grand Prix Base

Head Restraints and Seats
P
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
M

IIHS Ratings

Based on Pontiac Grand Prix Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Overall Rear
P
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
M

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
M
Driver Torso
P
Overall Side
M
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Pontiac Grand Prix Base

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Pontiac Grand Prix Base

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

Other Years