The Pontiac Sunfire was the cheapest model in Pontiac’s 2000 model year lineup. It was geared towards younger buyers looking to own a sporty looking sub-compact. Three models - a coupe, a sedan, and a convertible - were offered to give customers a wide choice of options. The Sunfire is actually a close sibling of the Chevrolet Cavalier, sharing many similar components. Although this vehicle has many things to offer, its rivals outclass it. Expensive optional equipment is one downfall. The uncomfortable ride is another. However, the Sunfire is a good option for those already interested in a Grand Am, since this vehicle has that one beat. In fact, for most drivers the 2000 Pontiac Sunfire will do just fine.
Body Styles: convertible, coupe, sedan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual transmission, three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Sunfire GT convertible, Pontiac Sunfire SE coupe, Pontiac Sunfire GT coupe, Pontiac Sunfire SE sedan
The 2000 Pontiac Sunfire comes equipped with a new front and rear fascia that give the vehicle a sportier appearance than before. A new five-speed manual transmission is new. A Monsoon stereo upgrade is also available for 2000. New wheels and exterior colors are available, as well as a restyled rocker side panel, new instrument cluster, a floor console, and new upholstery.
The 2000 Pontiac Sunfire comes in one of three styles: a two-door coupe, a four-door sedan, or a convertible. New this year is a redesigned front and rear fascia that gives the vehicle a more aggressive look. The front and rear fascias now have integrated lamps that make the vehicle look a bit more stream lined. The panel moldings are also more aggressive, giving the vehicle a youthful look to pull in younger buyers. The convertible models come with a manual cloth top that is pretty attractive but sometimes hard to manage. Standard exterior features include fog lights, power brakes, rear window defroster, tinted glass, 15-inch alloy wheels, remote trunk release, daytime running lights, and power exterior mirrors. A rear spoiler is also included to complete the aggressive, sporty look of the 2000 Pontiac Sunfire.
The interior of the 2000 Pontiac Sunfire received a redesign. The center console now includes a padded armrest, a small storage slot for miscellaneous items, as well as two cup holders for the driver and front passenger. The vehicle will sit four passengers comfortably and five passengers if they can squeeze in. The front seats are bucket-style. If the vehicle is fitted with the manual shift lever, a floor-mounted shifter takes up some front space. Standard features in the 2000 Pontiac Sunfire include an anti-theft alarm system, cloth seating, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, tilt steering wheel, leather steering wheel trim, air-conditioning, intermittent windshield wipers, power windows, power door locks, bucket seats, overhead console, and more. Optional features include vinyl seats, an AM/FM cassette or CD player, and the amazing Monsoon audio system. Watch out when buying a car with a lot of add-ons, especially the 2000 Pontiac Sunfire; the price can rise quickly.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Pontiac Sunfire comes equipped with one of two engine types. The SE models come with a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 115 horsepower. The GT models come equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower. The 2.4-liter engine is also available as an option on the SE models. A new five-speed manual transmission is available, as well as a three- or four-speed automatic. The automatic transmission is less responsive but does cut down acceleration time by half a second. But the drive is pretty nice overall, until the engine is pushed. Once it gets moving, there is an excessive amount of body roll from the vehicle going into curves. There isn’t a lot of refinement in the engine or the drive, but the vehicle is definitely suitable for most drivers.
The 2000 Pontiac Sunfire comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, daytime running lights, driver and passenger front airbags, fog lights, and traction control. The 2000 Pontiac Sunfire was not tested by the NHTSA. However, rear crash tests done by the IIHS did not go well; the 2000 Pontiac Sunfire received a rating of ?poor,? the worst, for rear collisions and head protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Sunfire 2.2-liter five-speed manual: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Sunfire 2.2-liter four-speed automatic: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Sunfire 2.2-liter three-speed automatic: 20/26 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Sunfire 2.4-liter five-speed manual: 20/30 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Sunfire 2.4-liter four-speed automatic: 19/28 mpg city/highway
- Sporty look
- Comfortable interior space
- Engine has lots of rev-power
- Great value
You Won't Like
- Options are expensive
- Body roll
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