2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Interior
Test drivers report familiar, easy-to-use controls and good cargo space in the 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. But stiff and crowded backseats and dubious cabin materials hurt the sedan's interior score. Thesays the handsome top stitched seats "barely compensates for the cheap-looking and old-fashioned controls and displays that would be more at home on an economy car."
Those in the Grand Prix's front seat can expect a comfortable ride. "Front riders are treated to wide bucket seats with gentle bolsters," says Motor Trend. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel finds "seats up front are well-countered and comfortable." Tall passengers may find themselves feeling confined, however, as the Grand Prix's sloping ceilings do not leave ample head room. The design, says Edmunds, "manages to chew into the headroom."
The Pontiac Grand Prix offers seating for up to five people, but many find the back can get cramped. "Pontiac's engineers say the Grand Prix seats five people. But, after hearing the griping from my back-seat passengers, I can't figure out what five people the Pontiac people are talking about," reports the Washington Post. Car and Driver adds, "the lower cushion rises just inches off the carpet, so riders of average height will be interviewing their kneecaps."
The 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix has large gadgets and handy controls along the dash. New Car Test Drive says the speedometer's "watch-like dials yield their information with simple, uncluttered, handsome functionality." Car and Driver says the gauges' head-up display "is effective for keeping track of speed without glancing down."
However, U.S. News' Rick Newman says, "The choppy dash looked as if each component was designed independent of the others, with the whole thing only slapped together at the last minute."
Several note well-designed airflow vents. USA Today says, "Airflow controls have intermittent stops. You needn't go from blowing air only onto your feet to blowing it only onto your chest. You can stop partway between, blending the flow. Small matter, but one ignored by many automakers." And U.S. News' Rick Newman says that being able to aim the vents in any direction is "a nice way to help make everybody comfortable without a more-expensive dual-climate system."
Stereo and Entertainment
The Grand Prix comes standard with a CD player, XM radio and either six or nine speakers, depending on trim level. Edmunds notes "speaker placements were generous and well thought-out" and that the system could "rock your socks off." However, the reviewer notes, "it had a very unbalanced sound." As an option, both trim levels offer a Sun and Sound package that adds a nine-speaker Monsoon sound system with in-dash six-disc CD player.
The Pontiac Grand Prix abundant trunk space, easily foldable seats and easy-to-open rear doors were well received. Automobile Magazine says "the Grand Prix's packaging flexibility is world class" and Car and Driver notes "people toting skis and other long slim items will appreciate both the folding rear seats and the folding front passenger seat."
The wide doors, reviewers note, are a little detail that can make a big difference. USA Today says, "The wide angle also makes it easier to stuff a big-box item like a computer or stereo gear into the back without removing it from the box." The trunk has 16 cubic feet of space with all the seats up and when they are folded, as USA Today notes, there's enough space "for an 8-foot long 2.4 lumber or pipe or rolled 9x12 rugs."