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1995 Pontiac Firebird Review

Flies over the Mustang in power and style.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1995 Pontiac Firebird is a fourth-generation performance car manufactured by the Pontiac division of General Motors. It follows the same aerodynamic styling that began with the third generation. This particular model year saw the introduction of ASR traction control and a new steering wheel borrowed from the Grand Prix. A performance package has also been introduced for this year.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac Firebird Formula, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

What's New

The 1995 Pontiac Firebird gets traction control as an option but only for the Trans Am and Formula models. The Trans Am GT has been discontinued, and cars for California get a 3.8-liter V-6 with automatic transmission as the base, instead of the 3.4-liter V-6 for other states. The reason for this is that the new 3.8-liter engine meets the higher emission standards for California, and it will deliver 40 horsepower more as compared to the 3.4-liter engine.

Exterior

The 1995 Pontiac Firebird retains its aerodynamic styling, but its exterior reflects several aspects of the Banshee IV concept car that was introduced in 1991. It has a total wheelbase of 101.1 inches, but the length changes from 195.6 inches for the base model and Formula model, and 197 inches for the Trans Am. It has a width of 74.4 inches and an overall height of 51.7 inches for the Trans Am, 52.4 inches for the Trans Am convertible, 52 inches for the coupe, and 52.7 inches for the convertible.

Interior

The 1995 Pontiac Firebird does not offer much space. In fact, the low-slung cockpit of the car is best suitable for two adults only. The rear seat is more or less unusable. For one, entry and exit from the rear seats are problematic. Secondly, legroom and headroom are so scant at the rear that even children would feel cramped after sitting at the back for some time. Cargo space is just about adequate.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Pontiac Firebird gets a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine as its base, but a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine is available as an option for the higher-end models. With the V-8 engine installed, only a few cars can meet the performance level. The V-8 engine gives the car head-snapping acceleration, but that does not mean the V-6 engine does not deliver. The car, when paired with a manual gearbox, offers a lively performance. Acceleration is noteworthy, especially on highways, and the V-6 engine is more fuel-efficient as well. The ASR traction control system provides some much-needed stability and road grip to the car. While the car ticks all the right boxes for performance, it sacrifices a lot in terms of ride quality. The low-profile tires, along with a stiff suspension system, make the ride a little too bumpy for comfort.

Safety

The 1995 Pontiac Firebird received a full five-star rating for passenger safety during frontal impact collision tests conducted by the NHTSA. In terms of driver safety, it receives four out of five stars.

EPA Fuel Economy

Pontiac Firebird: 15/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful performance from the V-8
  • Good steering and handling characteristics
  • Strong brakes
  • Sleek and aerodynamic design

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Poor ride quality
  • Noisy cabin
  • Entry and exit is problematic
  • Poor rear visibility

Sum Up

Flies over the Mustang in power and style.

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