Pontiac Grand Prix is a type of luxury and mid-size car produced by an American automobile manufacturer, General Motors, since 1962. The production of this model was ended in 2008, and it was later replaced by Pontiac G8. During its production period, the company has released seven generations of Pontiac Grand Prix.
The latest generation of Pontiac Grand Prix was produced in 2004-2008. It is a type of 4-door sedan with transverse front-engine front-wheel drive layout. It was built based on the W-body 3rd gen platform. This model features three different engines, namely the 3.8 liters L26 V6 engine capable of producing 200 horsepower, 3.8 liters L32 SC V6 engine capable of producing 260 horsepower, and 5.3 liters LS4 V8 engine capable of producing 303 horsepower. It uses 4-speed transmission system.
The latest generation of Pontiac Grand Prix has 110 inches wheelbase, 198 inches length, 71 inches width, and 55 inches height.
Pontiac Grand Prix comes with many safety features that will protect the driver as well as passengers during the journey with the car. Here are some safety features embedded in this model: child seat anchors, ventilated front disc, solid rear disc brakes, daytime running lights, auto delay off headlamps, 2 front headrests, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, front seatbelt pretensioners, emergency interior trunk release, and post-collision safety system.
Other safety features include remote anti-theft alarm system, rear door child safety locks, engine immobilizer, dusk sensing headlamps, 2 rear headrests, rear center 3-point belt, electronic brakeforce distribution, Rear integrated headrests, and tire pressure monitoring.
According to National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Pontiac Grand Prix model received 5 stars rating for the frontal impact on the driver side, 4 stars rating for the frontal impact on the passenger side, 3 stars rating for the side impact on the front occupant, 3 stars rating for the side impact on the rear occupant, and 4 stars rating for the rollover resistance.
For the frontal impact on the driver side, this model received 474 HIC on the head injury criterion, 43g on the chest declaration, 1149 lbs on the left femur load, and 1060 lbs on the right femur load.
For the frontal impact on the passenger side, this model received 474 HIC on the head injury criterion, 47g on the chest declaration, 1076 lbs on the left femur load, and 756 lbs on the right femur load.
For the side impact on the front occupant side, this model received 79 on the thoracic trauma index and 84 on the pelvis deceleration.
For the side impact on the rear occupant side, this model received 86 on the thoracic trauma index and 83 on the pelvis deceleration.
For the rollover resistance, this model received 1.41 on the static stability factor.
According to IIHS (International Institute for Highway Safety) crash test result, Pontiac Grand Prix received MARGINAL rating on the side impact test and POOR rating on the rear crash protection or head restraint.
On July 2014, General Motors recalled the 2004-2008 model of Pontiac Grand Prix due to a problem found in the ignition system. There are some problems in the ignition system that can potentially make the airbags are not working properly, which may increase the risk of injury at the moment of the crash.