The Pontiac Grand Prix is one of the longest-running vehicles in the Pontiac lineup. It made its debut in 1962 and ran production until 2008. The Grand Prix was replaced by the Pontiac G8 shortly before the Pontiac brand was eliminated. Seven generations existed for the Grand Prix, and the first several, up to 1987, the Grand Prix filled Pontiac’s personal luxury slot. It was switched to a midsize version for the next model year. The first four generations, the Grand Prix was a large and powerful muscle car with big V-8 engines and many are now highly sought-after classics. Starting with the fifth generation in 1998, the models were made drastically smaller with smaller engines but still powerful within its new class, and the Grand Prix maintained its place within the midsize class for the rest of its lifetime, including the 2007 models.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, four-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: Pontiac Grand Prix, Pontiac Grand Prix GT, Pontiac Grand Prix GT
New features on the 2007 Grand Prix models include new color options, a more powerful engine option, a standard tire pressure monitoring system, and standard OnStar communication. The GXP model now uses paddles shifter with the auto-manual option.
The 2007 Grand Prix has a sharp and aerodynamic profile with smooth curves and lines that give it a sporty look, which are fitting for the upgraded engine options. The design is based somewhat on classic muscle cars, according to Pontiac, but that may be overstating the attractiveness of the exterior. While sportier than many of its competitors in styling, the design is still well within the norm for sedans. It features the classic Pontiac split grille with the Pontiac logo in the center. The headlights and taillights wrap around the sides for a uniform, molded look in these areas, and overall, the lines throughout are smooth and uniformly stylish. Standard models come with 16-inch wheels and 17-inch wheels are optional. The GXP comes with 18-inch wheels standard. There are a range of color options including new options like Purple Haze Metallic.
The 2007 Grand Prix seats five and offers the driver and passengers plenty of room in the front and the back. The backseats can fold down for additional cargo space, and the trunk is deep and can hold up to 16 cubic feet. The gauges are analogue instead of the digital, which is common; the gauges appear large with an almost 3D appearance and very easy to read. The GXP model comes with a heads-up display that can serve a range of functions.
Performance & Handling
Available engines for the 2007 models include: a 200-hp, 3.8-liter V-6; a 260-hp, 3.8-liter V-6, and a supercharged, 303-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 that takes premium gasoline. All of the engines are paired with a four-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual is also available. The supercharged engine performs very well. Producing up to 323 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm, it accelerates quickly and easily as it outperforms many vehicles within its class. The smaller engines perform impressively also, though not as much so, and passing and merging should never be a problem in any of the models.
The transmission shifts smoothly for the most part; however, the available paddle shifters may experience a slight delay, which drivers will usually get used to quickly. Handling is above average, and it remains comfortable in most situations.
Along with the required front airbags, the 2007 Grand Prix has optional side curtain airbags. The GXP gets electronic stability. Anti-lock brakes are standard on the GT and GXP models and optional on the base models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Grand Prix Base: 18/28 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand Prix GT: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Grand Prix GXP: 16/25 mpg city/highway
Supercharged engine performance
- Handling for upgraded models
- Sporty exterior
You Won't Like
- City gas mileage with the supercharged engine
- Resale value
- Rear legroom
- Optional ABS
The perfect combination of convenience and performance.
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