The 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix originally started out as a luxury coupe. Over time, the Grand Prix has transitioned into being more of a family vehicle than a luxury offering. However, some of the luxury traits remain, despite the lower price tag. Even the lower-priced Grand Prix SE offers excellent power and performance. The interior feels fairly spacious, although the rear seat gets cramped, even in the sedan body design. The available interior options seem robust compared to most vehicles, although most of them mark optional equipment rather than standard.
Overall, the Grand Prix makes an excellent family vehicle or personal vehicle for someone concerned about performance. All Grand Prix models perform admirably under normal driving conditions. Depending on the interior options selected, the Grand Prix can make for a bargain, as well. However, a heavily loaded Grand Prix creeps up in price.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan
Engines: 3.1-six-cylinder, 3.8-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Grand Prix SE, Pontiac Grand Prix GT, Pontiac Grand Prix GTP
Traction control comes standard on the 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. The airbags upgrade to newer models.
The 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix comes as a two-door coupe or a sedan. The body designs feature the same sleek, graceful curves. Despite the different body designs, both options measure 196.5 inches in length, so performance remains identical for the sedan or coupe with the same options. The only real differences in appearance concern the number of doors. Also, the sedan has a slightly more pronounced trunk.
Power mirrors are standard on all Grand Prix models; a power moonroof is optional.
The 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix offers a good range of standard equipment, which looks identical regardless of the body design. Air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, a tilt steering wheel, and an AM/FM radio come standard on all models. A cassette player, a CD player, a CD changer, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, an anti-theft alarm, a trip computer, an integrated child seat, auto-dimming mirrors, automatic climate control, an overhead console, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and leather seats provide options. Some of the plastic used in the interior looks a little cheap, but overall, the interior seems decently made.
Performance & Handling
The Grand Prix performs very well overall. Even the lower-priced Grand Prix SE provides good acceleration. The Grand Prix GT and supercharged Grand Prix GTP move even quicker than the SE. With 240 horsepower, the 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP gives a respectable show of speed compared to many roadsters and even outruns some lower-priced ones. All models turn very well, but not at the same level that a sports car might. In addition, the standard anti-lock brake system and traction control help keep drivers in control at all times. Overall, the Grand Prix handles itself very well.
The 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix comes equipped with dual front airbags, traction control, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard on all models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Grand Prix 3.1-liter six-cylinder: 17/27 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand Prix 3.8-liter six-cylinder: 16/25 mpg city/highway
- Sporty design
- Lots of equipment options
- Good performance and handling
You Won't Like
- Equipment options increase price
- Cheap-looking interior
- Slightly small back seat
Get there comfortably and with time to spare.
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