Pontiac Bonneville Origins
The original Bonneville gets its name from the salt flats in Utah, made famous for hosting speed trials, and the original model earns a reputation as a luxurious car, capable of high performance thanks to its V-8 engine. These early models are prized collectors’ cars.
Today it is still the classic American sedan but manages to incorporate elements of European styling. Its competition includes the Toyota Avalon and the Ford Taurus, but its attractive styling, high-performance, and comfortable six-passenger seating give it a major advantage over these models. It contains a more fuel efficient 3.8-liter, V-6 engine, has an automatic transmission, and produces up to 205 hp depending on the year and the model. The supercharged V-6 generates up to 240 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
It offers excellent value for anyone looking for a full-size car that combines elegance with speed. Its bold exterior makes sure everyone knows it's a Pontiac. Depending on the year, it comes in three or four different trim levels. It provides a great choice for anyone looking for a spacious car with plenty of trunk space.About the Pontiac Bonneville
The Pontiac Bonneville earns its place as one of the best full-size sedans on the road. Its V-6 engine gives it a strong performance. It handles reasonably well, although nothing about the driving experience stands out from the crowd. However, it offers an incredibly comfortable ride. Rear seat passengers will find it particularly comfortable with plenty of legroom and lots of space. In spite of the interior being relatively spacious, there have been some issues of the quality of materials used, as well as concerns over build quality.Pontiac Bonneville Features
The 2005 Pontiac Bonneville is a more attractive and sleeker looking model than some previous years. The interior focuses on the driver. Pontiac designs the driver’s cockpit to resemble an aircraft display, and although this might have novelty appeal, it does make it look somewhat busy, and the streamlined dash in many of today's cars makes it look very old-fashioned.Pontiac Bonneville Evolution
Between 1992 and 1999, the Pontiac Bonneville barely changed, receiving just a slight update in 1996. It initially came in three different trim levels: the base SE, the SSE, and the SSEi.
In 1993, a new Sport Luxury Addition SLE package became available for SE models, and it later created its own trim level in 1998. The SSEi trim went on to become an optional package for SSE trims in 1994. This marks the year Pontiac introduced standard anti-lock brakes.
In 1994, Pontiac introduced standard dual airbags and the optional computer command ride, a system capable of adjusting suspension performance. In 1995, the base engine got an upgrade to give it greater horsepower, and models with the SLE package could be ordered with the new supercharged, 3.8- liter V-6. In 1996, Pontiac altered the front and rear styling and introduced daytime running lights.
Keyless entry became standard in 1997 for most models, but remained optional on the SE. The SSE trim level offers an optional 12-way power seat with lumbar control, and it comes with no less than nine dedicated buttons on the center console. Despite this, the dash still looks less busy than later models.
The SE trim level returned in 1998 with a deck lid spoiler and second-generation airbags as standard features. The SSE comes with more standard equipment and offers a greater choice of colors. In 1999, a mobile communications system became available as a dealer-installed option.
The 2000 Pontiac Bonneville flaunts brand-new styling and a number of new integrated extras, including a chassis control system. The styling looks more wedge-like, while still incorporating traditional Pontiac design. Standard features for the base SE include driver and front-passenger side-impact airbags, seat-mounted safety belts, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The SLE trim comes with dual climate controls, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and upgraded 17-inch wheels. The SSEi package includes 17-inch wheels and tires and a Bose stereo, as well as 12-way powered, leather front bucket seats with memory.
Modifications for 2001 to 2004 include the introduction of heated seats for the SE and SLE models. These years saw the introduction of new front and rear fascia for the base model and dual exhaust tips for the SLE and SSEi models.