$21,330 – $27,330 MSRP
$20,157 – $25,827 Invoice
18 / 27 MPG City/Hwy
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For 2006, the Pontiac Grand Prix gets a new Special Edition model that includes a ground effects body kit, 17-inch wheels, new perforated leather, a revised center console, and other interior updates. In addition, the standard wheels on the base model are now 17 inches in diameter. A new Dark Cherry exterior is available as well as a Cashmere and Ebony two-tone interior combination.
The Pontiac Grand Prix was first introduced in 1962 as a replacement for the Pontiac Ventura. From the beginning, the Grand Prix has been a sporty sedan with room for family and friends. It is available in Grand Prix, GT, and GXP trim levels.
The Grand Prix is powered by a 200-hp, 3.8L V-6 engine, while the GT adds a supercharger to boost output to 260 hp. The GXP benefits from a 5.3L V-8 engine that pumps out 303 hp and uses Displacement on Demand technology (also known as Active Fuel Management) to operate on only four cylinders while cruising. As a result, the V-8 returns the same fuel economy as the less-powerful supercharged V-6, 18 mpg in town and 28 mpg on the highway; the standard V-6 is rated at 20 mpg city, 30 mpg highway. All three engines power the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Sixteen-inch wheels and four-wheel disc brakes are standard equipment, with anti-lock and larger wheels on the GT and GXP variants.
The Grand Prix interior features rear reading lamps, rear air conditioning and heating, a driver information center, cloth seating with available leather, and a CD player. Options such as a 6-disc CD changer and a satellite navigation system are available. Rear-seat access is aided by rear doors that open 82 degrees, which Pontiac says is the widest opening door in the segment. Cargo area is enhanced by a 60/40 split and folding rear seat. A folding front-passenger seat also is available, enabling the Grand Prix to hold objects as long as nine feet in length.
Front airbags are standard while curtain airbags, tire inflation monitors, traction control, and OnStar are available. The GXP comes with a standard head-up display that is optional on other models. Head-up display (HUD) projects critical information, such as vehicle speed, onto the windshield in the driver's line of sight. Because information is presented through the HUD, the driver can shut off the instrument panel lights at night to reduce distraction.
J.D. Power and Associates Research
What do owners think about the quality of Pontiac Grand Prix as it comes off the assembly line
Grand Prix ranks highest in initial quality in the large car segment in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study.SM Grand Prix performs well in the seats, audio/entertainment/navigation systems, and HVAC categories. Grand Prix performs better than segment average in the engine/transmission, exterior, HVAC, audio/entertainment/navigation systems, seats, features/controls/displays, and the driving experience categories.
Grand Prix competes in the Large Conventional segment. Roomy interiors and substantial horsepower are the defining characteristics in this category.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Chevrolet Impala leads the segment in sales with 246,481 units sold in calendar-year 2005, followed by the Chrysler 300 (144,048) and the Grand Prix (122,398). Other competitors include the Ford Five Hundred and Crown Victoria, Toyota Avalon, Nisan Maxima, Mercury Grand Marquis and Montego, Dodge Magnum and Charger, Kia Amanti, Buick Lucerne, and Hyundai Azera.
|Base||4 speed automatic||$21,330||200-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||20/30|
|GT||4 speed automatic||$24,330||260-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||19/28|
|GXP||4 speed automatic||$27,330||303-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl||18/27|