The 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport launches the vehicle’s second generation. The first generation was introduced in 1989 with a radical new styling to compete with the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan. It was first introduced as a concept car in 1986, and it won over the audience with its futuristic styling.
Body Styles: van
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Trans Sport SE
The 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport gets its first major redesign this year, and the differences are clear. It's much better than the previous version and comes with a standard 3.4-liter V-6. This engine produces an upgraded 180 horsepower. It does away with the previously unique construction and utilizes a more conventional design.
The 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport bridges the gap between an SUV and a minivan, but the truth is far from this claim. Despite the fact that it has body cladding, alloy wheels, fog lights, and other small exterior additions that are similar to an SUV, it is still a van. Nevertheless, the gap is reduced to an extent.
Inside, the 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport is spacious with adequate legroom. Adults will easily fit into the rear and middle seats, but the seats are so low on the floor that knee support is almost absent. As a result, the modular seats can get uncomfortable quite quickly. The individual bucket seats and rear bench are light and can be easily moved around by one person. The power sliding door option allows the driver to automatically open the door with the push of a button. Furthermore, allergic occupants can rejoice with the addition of a replaceable pollen filter on the ventilation system.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport delivers a lively performance with good throttle response. The ride itself is stable and comfortable due to the well-adjusted suspension. A firmer suspension available with the Montana package absorbs fewer bumps and makes the ride a little shakier. It steers firmly and precisely and retains a strong grip on the road even around difficult corners. The 3.4-liter V-6 offers enough acceleration for most purposes. However, it can get a little sluggish when it's filled with three or more people. Gearshifts are accurate and fast with automatic transmission. Wind noise is present while on the highway, but the cabin remains quiet otherwise. Entering and exiting is very easy with the low step-in height and optional power sliding door.
The 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport comes with safety features such as dual airbags and anti-lock brakes. Traction control is an optional feature, and it meets the 1998 side impact standards as well. It received four out of five stars in terms of driver safety and three stars for passenger safety during frontal-impact collision tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, it received worse ratings during offset crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Trans Sport: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Ride and handling similar to European competitors
- Peppy V-6 engine
- Lightweight modular seating
- Power sliding door as an option
- Can seat up to eight passengers
You Won't Like
- Uncomfortable seats
- Too many cheap interior parts
- Lack of power lock for the cargo area
Fun to drive but stiff on the back.
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