2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Trims

As in previous years, the 2008 Grand Prix Base model receives a 200-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine, resulting in a family sedan that many drivers and reviewers consider to be underpowe... Read More

As in previous years, the 2008 Grand Prix Base model receives a 200-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine, resulting in a family sedan that many drivers and reviewers consider to be underpowered, especially when compared to some models from competitors. On the plus side, the Grand Prix delivers a smooth ride and acceptable handling, and has a roomy trunk, making it a good choice for a family vehicle.

The front-wheel-drive Grand Prix Base model comes standard with such features as remote keyless entry, air conditioning, a power-adjustable driver's seat, power windows, cruise control, and 16-inch alloy wheels, as well as OnStar and a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system with a CD player.

On the downside, it has a small backseat (adequate for children but cramped for adults), some plastic interior parts that detract from its overall build quality, a lack of adequate interior storage space, and a V6 engine that some consider noisy. Another factor that puts it at a disadvantage: anti-lock brakes and traction control are not part of the standard equipment package, although they are available as add-ons. A tire pressure monitoring system is standard, however.

Powertrain: 3.8L 200 hp V6 Engine, FWD, 4-Speed Automatic Transmission, MPG: 24
Air Conditioning Air filtration · Front air conditioning · Front air conditioning zones: single
Airbags Front airbags: dual · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation
Audio System Antenna Type: element · Audio security system · In-Dash CD: single disc · Radio: AM/FM · Radio Data System · Speed Sensitive Volume Control: adjustable · Total Number of Speakers: 6
Brakes Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.7 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.5 · Rear brakes: disc
Child Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release
Comfort Features Cargo area light · Center console trim: leather
Convenience Features Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: front and rear · Door pockets: front · Multi-function remote: trunk release · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Storage: front seatback
Driver Seat Height adjustable · Manual adjustments: 2 · Power adjustments: 6
Drivetrain Driven Wheels: front wheel drive
Exterior Features Rear spoiler
Header Midyear release: no
Headrests Adjustable rear headrests: integrated headrests · Front headrests: height adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level
Lights Daytime running lights · Headlights: auto delay off, dusk sensing
Locks 2-stage unlocking: remote · Power door locks: remote
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power
Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Folding: split folding · Type: bench
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer
Spare Tire Mount Location: inside · Size: temporary
Spare Wheel Rim Type: steel
Suspension Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Arm Type: lateral links · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: MacPherson struts, multi-link · Rear suspension type: trailing arms · Stabilizer bar(s): front and rear, rear, front
Telematics Phone: hands free · Phone antenna · Satellite communications: OnStar
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Tires and Rims P Tires
Towing and Hauling Cargo tie downs
Wheels Rim type: painted alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · One-touch windows: 1 · Power windows · Rear defogger
Average Price:$11,376
Essentially unchanged for 2008, which will be its last year in production, the GXP is the higher-end version of Pontiac's mid-size Grand Prix sedan. It provides drivers with a sportier ... Read More

Essentially unchanged for 2008, which will be its last year in production, the GXP is the higher-end version of Pontiac's mid-size Grand Prix sedan. It provides drivers with a sportier driving experience than the standard Grand Prix, thanks to a larger engine, in the form of a 303-horsepower V8, as well as a sport-tuned suspension, stronger shocks, and larger 18-inch performance tires.

The GXP is available only with a four-speed automatic transmission, although it comes with a manual shift feature that enables drivers to upshift and downshift depending on driving conditions. Anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, a tire pressure monitor, and dual front-side airbags are also part of the package.

Early report indicate that, like the 2007 Grand Prix GXP, the 2008 model is a respectable effort, with plenty of trunk space, a smooth ride, and responsive handling. However, the heavy V8 engine, combined with the car's front-wheel drive, can result in sluggish steering when accelerating. The exterior design is also dated, although the car will certainly with find a market with some buyers.

On the plus side, the Grand Prix GXP is equipped with Safety Cage Construction with front and rear crush zones.

Adds to Base:
Enhanced Powertrain: 5.3L 303 hp V8 Engine, MPG: 21
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Air filtration · Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Front air conditioning zones: dual
Airbags Front airbags: dual · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation
Audio System Antenna Type: element · Audio security system · In-Dash CD: single disc · Premium Brand Speakers: Monsoon · Radio: AM/FM · Radio Data System · Speed Sensitive Volume Control: adjustable · Total Number of Speakers: 9 · Watts: 245
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 12.7 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 12.0 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Child Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Emergency interior trunk release
Comfort Features Cargo area light · Center console trim: leather · Reading lights: front and rear · Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: front and rear · Door pockets: front · Multi-function remote: trunk release · Overhead console: with storage · Power outlet(s): 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio, paddle shifter · Storage: cargo net, front seatback
Driver Seat Adjustable lumbar support: power · Heated: multi-level heating · Height adjustable · Manual adjustments: 2 · Power adjustments: 6
Drivetrain Driven Wheels: front wheel drive
Engine Cylinder Deactivation · Remote engine start
Exterior Features Rear spoiler
Header Midyear release: no
Headrests Adjustable rear headrests: integrated headrests · Front headrests: height adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2
Instrumentation Clock · Compass · External temperature display · Head-up display · Tachometer · Transmission temperature gauge · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level
Lights Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: auto delay off, dusk sensing
Locks 2-stage unlocking: remote · Power door locks: remote
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Passenger Seat Heated: multi-level heating · Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Folding: split folding, flat folding · Rear heat: vents · Type: bench
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather/suede
Security Anti-theft alarm system: remote · Engine immobilizer
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Arm Type: lateral links · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: MacPherson struts, multi-link · Rear suspension type: trailing arms · Stabilizer bar(s): front and rear, rear, front
Telematics Phone: hands free · Phone antenna · Satellite communications: OnStar
Tires Profile: 45 · Speed Rating: Z · Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: performance · Width: 255
Tires and Rims 18 Inch Wheels · P Tires · W Speed Rated Tires
Towing and Hauling Cargo tie downs
Wheels Rim type: polished alloy · Width: 8.0
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · One-touch windows: 1 · Power windows · Rear defogger