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2001 Pontiac Montana

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2001 Pontiac Montana Review

A solid family friendly minivan that can hold the whole gang and offers a fun drive too.

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Overview

The successor to the Pontiac Trans Sport and a roomy minivan with plenty of passenger space and decent power, the 2001 Pontiac Montana provides a quality family vehicle that can easily take a large group on an outing or get the team to a weekend sporting event without a hitch.

The 2001 Pontiac Montana looks good and seats up to eight passengers, with a driver’s side sliding door and the option to fold the back bench for a fair amount of cargo space. The Montana feels comfortable and includes some nice standard features, but Pontiac offers plenty of options as well.

In addition to all the feature options, Pontiac offers a full 10 trim levels of the 2001 Pontiac Montana to choose from: three for the base model, three for the Sport model, and two for the MontanaVision model, to go with the Value and Convenience versions.

The Range

Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Value Pontiac Montana, Pontiac Montana, Pontiac Montana Sport, Pontiac Montana Convenience, Pontiac MontanaVision

What's New

2001 brings some nice upgrades and options to the Pontiac Montana, including the option for a VCR/DVD player, a CD player, the OnStar telecommunications system, remote keyless entry, a third-row seat that folds flat for more cargo space, an option for rear parking sensors, a power driver’s side sliding door, and an in-dash six-disc CD changer. Plenty of features in the 2001 Pontiac Montana keep the whole family occupied on long trips.

Exterior

Drivers have nine colors to choose from with the 2001 Pontiac Montana, including Redfire Metallic and Arctic White. The base comes with 15-inch steel wheels, a roof rack, a rear liftgate door, and a driver’s side sliding door which offers power opening door on some models.

Interior

While not necessarily winning any style points, the interior of the 2001 Pontiac Montana feels roomy and comfortable, with space for eight passengers, a third-row bench that folds down flat, Captain’s chair front seats with a six-way power driver’s seat, tilt steering with cruise controls on the wheel, and in some models, a VCR or DVD player in the rear, with inputs so the kids can play video games on the rear monitor.

Performance & Handling

The Montana shifts, brakes, and handles well, better than some others in its class. Traction control comes standard on most models, and the 3.4-liter Overhead Valve V-6 provides 185 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. The 2001 Pontiac Montana uses a four-speed automatic transmission with front drive and a front independent suspension.

Safety

Safety features offered on the 2001 Pontiac Montana include traction control, four-wheel ABS, ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, electronic brake force distribution, dual front side-mounted airbags, an anti-theft alarm system, child seat anchors, and rear-door child safety locks, not to mention the OnStar telecommunications system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Pontiac Montana: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Solid performance and handling
  • Room for eight passengers with flat-folding bench seat
  • VCR/DVD option

You Won't Like

  • Not the most stylish interior
  • Power driver’s side door doesn’t operate smoothly

Sum Up

A solid family friendly minivan that can hold the whole gang and offers a fun drive too.

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