Pontiac has a winner on its hands with the 1999 Grand Prix. It comes with plenty of standard safety features, sporty styling, and an optional 240 horsepower engine. Coupe and sedan models appeal to both the younger crowd and more family-oriented drivers. This marriage of form, function, and fun easily outclasses the Ford Taurus.
Body Styles: sedan, coupe
Engines: 3.1-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Grand Prix SE (sedan only), Pontiac Grand Prix GT, Pontiac Grand Prix GTP
Pontiac makes a few changes to its 1999 Grand Prix. Low-restriction air-induction components give the 3.8-liter, V-6 engine five more horses, up to 200. The GTP models now have an on/off button for traction control. A few new interior features include front-door courtesy lights and a six-speaker stereo. Optional upgrades now include an eight-speaker Bose stereo system and OnStar communication system. New exterior features include a now-standard rear deck spoiler standard on GT models and two new exterior paint colors.
The Grand Prix comes with body-colored or chrome door mirrors and handles, bumpers, and body-side molding. The SE sedan is equipped with 15-inch wheels, which can be upgraded to alloy. All other models come with 16-inch alloy wheels standard. The same is true with the rear spoiler, which is optional on the SE sedan but standard on all other models.
All models seat up to five and feature cloth-covered bucket seats. Other standard features include tinted glass, power steering, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, power windows, exterior mirrors and door locks, an AM/FM/cassette audio system, and 12-volt power outlets. Cruise control is optional on the SE but standard on GT and GTP models. Other SE and GT options include a leather-trimmed steering wheel, eight-speaker Bose stereo system with CD player, keyless entry, power moonroof, steering wheel-embedded audio controls, automatic climate control, a power driver seat, leather upholstery, and an auto-dim rearview mirror. Many of these options are standard on the top-of-the-line GTP model and include keyless entry, steering wheel-embedded audio controls, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a power driver seat. One of the most unusual options on all Grand Prix models is called the EyeCue display. This feature projects speed, fuel, radio, and turn signal information on the windshield for easy viewing. The dash features analog instrumentation and easy-to-use controls, although the clusters seem a little busy and can be distracting.
Performance & Handling
The base SE sedan comes equipped with a 3.1-liter, V-6 engine with 160 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. Drivers can upgrade to the 3800 series II V-6, which is standard on GT trims and get 200 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. The GTP model gets a supercharged version, which is optional on the GT model and gets 240 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The GTP transmission allows the driver to shift from ""normal"" to ""performance"" mode and comes with a sport-tuned suspension. Steering wheel vibration is minimal thanks to a crossbeam steering column support structure. An interesting optional feature is called MagnaSteer, which is standard on the GT sedan only and uses magnetism to vary steering effort.
Standard safety features include driver and passenger front airbags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control. GTP models come with an on/off switch for traction control. The GTP also comes standard with an anti-theft alarm system, which is optional on all other models. Other standard safety features include fog lights, power brakes, a remote trunk release, and daytime running lights. Front and rear bumpers are designed to withstand 5 mph impact with no body damage. Another optional safety feature is an integrated child seat with a removable, washable pad insert.
Crash ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were not available for the coupe. It received an ""acceptable"" rating for frontal offset crashes from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The sedan received four-out-of-five stars for passenger and driver safety from the NHTSA. It also received an ""acceptable"" rating for frontal offset crashes from the IIHS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Grand Prix, 3.1-liter: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand Prix, 3.8-liter: 18/28 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand Prix, 3.8-liter supercharged: 19/30 mpg city/highway
- Sporty styling
- Fun driving experience
- Plenty of optional features
You Won't Like
- Some cheap interior pieces
- Busy dashboard
- No manual transmission option
The Grand Prix is grand fun.
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