The 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix marks one of the prize models in the Pontiac line and with good reason. This reliable sedan looks sporty and stylish, at least on the outside, and offers solid handling and braking for a fun drive.
The 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix brings a lot of power in the base model, but can upgraded to give you some serious power in both four-door and coupe models to meet your needs. Pontiac offers plenty of fun standard and optional features to play with as well.
Body Styles: sedan, two-door coupe
Engines: 3.1-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6, supercharged 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Grand Prix SE Sedan, Pontiac Grand Prix GT Sedan, Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Sedan, Pontiac Grand Prix GT Coupe, Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Coupe
The base SE of the 2001 Grand Prix has a slightly different exterior appearance in the front, as well as an optional rear spoiler, dual-zone climate control, and an emergency release inside the trunk. Drivers get a few extra options for the GT and GTP this year, including 16-inch aluminum wheels and OnStar for the GTP. A Special Edition package gives the GT or GTP more of a racecar feel for 2001.
The exterior of the Grand Prix has a unique, sporty style that befits what’s under the hood. The 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix SE features 15-inch steel wheels with five colors to choose from, while the GT and GTP offer 16-inch alloy wheels and four extra colors, including Navy Blue Metallic and Redfire Metallic. The Special Edition features a more aggressive rear spoiler along with heat extractors on the hood and dual exhaust tips.
Some might find the style of the 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix interior a little too modern for their tastes, with some plastic interior pieces and a dashboard set up with jet fighter style gauges, but for others, this setup perfectly complements a powerful and fun ride. Some drivers really enjoy the EyeCue option, a Head-Up display that actually projects certain information right onto the windshield, so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.
Performance & Handling
The performance of the Pontiac Grand Prix really shines, with a supercharged 3.8-liter V-6 on the GTP (offering 240 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque), traction control, powerful four-wheel ABS, a four-wheel independent suspension, and an option to shift between normal and performance modes on the GTP. You get a smooth, quiet ride with all the power you need and a braking system that handles the job.
The base model, the SE, gives you some nice power in a 3.1-liter V-6 engine with four-speed automatic transmission, which can generate 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, but if you really want power, you should upgrade to the GT or GTP. The GT bumps things up to a 3.8-liter V-6 with 200 horses and 225 lb-ft of torque.
In addition to the safety benefits of the traction control and four-wheel ABS and the optional EyeCue and OnStar systems, the 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix offers ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, an anti-theft alarm system, three rear headrests, child seat anchors, and rear-door child safety locks.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Grand Prix SE: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand Prix GT: 17/28 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand Prix GTP: 16/26 mpg city/highway
- Great power, especially on the GTP
- Quiet ride
- Long-term reliability
You Won't Like
- No six-passenger option
- Fighter Pilot interior styling not for everyone
- OnStar unavailable on the SE
A reliable, sporty sedan or coupe for people who like to drive.
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