The 1998 Pontiac Sunfire serves as a sporty vehicle that looks good but does not break the bank. It might not reach the same level as the roadsters it emulates, but it offers solid handling and an enjoyable drive. The interior feels comfortable to sit in and has a decent range of equipment, especially with optional features added.
The Pontiac Sunfire makes a far more practical vehicle than it might initially appear to be, which makes it a good option for a primary vehicle. While roadsters and sports cars have an appeal and aesthetic that few vehicles can match, the Sunfire provides a good outlet for drivers interested in those types of vehicles. Many drivers never fully open up sports cars, so the extra power often gets wasted. The Sunfire offers a sporty look and solid performance under the driving conditions that most people encounter in their day-to-day lives.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible, sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Pontiac Sunfire SE, Pontiac Sunfire GT
The airbags in the 1998 Pontiac Sunfire upgrade from previous models. A new stereo system provides a new option. The coupe body now includes a rear spoiler as standard equipment. Topaz Gold Metallic serves as a new paint option.
The 1998 Pontiac Sunfire comes as a two-door coupe, a sedan, or a two-door convertible. The body designs feature the same graceful, racer styling. All three body designs also measure in at almost the same size and weight, so performance between all three is pretty much identical. Drivers can select the body design they want purely for personal preference without worrying about performance differences.
The Pontiac Sunfire offers a decent range of standard equipment, which remains identical regardless of the body selected. Air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, an AM/FM radio, and a CD player come standard on both models. A premium audio system, power windows, power locks, steering wheel audio controls, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and vinyl seats remain available as options. Overall, the convertible body comes off as better equipped compared to its competitors, since air-conditioning and a CD player are less commonly found as standard equipment in this price range for convertibles than for coupes or sedans.
Performance & Handling
The Pontiac Sunfire does not perform quite as well as drivers hope, but that should be expected for the price. The four-cylinder engine provides enough power to give the Sunfire good acceleration. The Sunfire corners well, overall, but the body rolls into turns far more than in most vehicles. The roll causes more of a comfort issue than one of safety. The 1998 Pontiac Sunfire is not any more likely to roll over than any other similar vehicle.
The 1998 Pontiac Sunfire comes equipped with dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard on both models. Traction control remains optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Sunfire 2.2-liter four-cylinder: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Sunfire 2.4-liter four-cylinder: 19/30 mpg city/highway
- Sporty design
- Affordable price
- Good overall performance
You Won't Like
- Poor standard stereo system
- Rolls excessively into turns
Sporty style without breaking the bank.
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