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Pontiac Grand Prix

Posted on: December 22, 2010 | In Car Reviews

Pontiac was once owned by General Motors, and was quite a successful brand. However, in the recent economic hard times the brand was discontinued. But, while it was still in operation, the brand produced some excellent cars that are still highly sought after, including the Pontiac Grand Prix. The Grand Prix was first offered in 1962, as part of the luxury line that Pontiac was offering the public. In the line of size, the Grand Prix was slightly smaller than the Bonneville, which appealed to many more consumers. During the first generation of the Grand Prix, the car was considered a sports car in most senses. It was equipped with Super Duty 421 power train that was installed in the factory in most models during 1962 and 1963. However, not all cars received this power train, which means that those that did are sought after commodities. 

 

Engine wise during the first generation the Grand Prix was fitted with the same engine as the Bonneville. This meant that performance wise the two cars ranged the same. However, since the Grand Prix was much smaller than the Bonneville, the car had a tendency to perform better in the long run since the body of the Grand Prix weighed less. 

 

Up until 1965, the Grand Prix never really had any cosmetic changes. However, that all changed in 1965, when Pontiac redesigned the majority of their cars, including the Grand Prix. The cars of the time were displaying more of the Coke bottle appearance, which the Grand Prix followed suit with. The interior was also redesigned and featured more trim on the interior to give off a sleeker and classier appearance. There were many more options that consumers were given with the new Grand Prix's when compared with the past two years, including the option of air conditioning, which was a huge aspect for many consumers. The 1966 edition followed suit with the 1965 edition of the Grand Prix. 

 

During 1967, Grand Prix did a few cosmetic changes, however nothing to significant. The most significant aspect of this year was that Pontiac introduced the convertible Grand Prix. This was the only year in which the convertible was offered, because mainly the public did not receive the concept too highly, so it was literally a loss for Grand Prix thus they discontinued it. 

 

Pontiac Grand Prix1968 was the final year in the first generation of Grand Prix's. This year saw a few changes to the body, but not many. There was literally no change to the interior during this time. However, the following year would begin the second generation in which Pontiac would display a completely new redesigned Grand Prix. 

 

The new Grand Prix released during 1969 was based on an entirely new body type, dubbed the G-body. The car had a 118 inch wheelbase. The most dominant feature on the Grand Prix during the second generation was the long hood. This was also the time in which the Grand Prix had its own look, instead of being based off of another car offered by Pontiac. This was probably due to the popularity that the Grand Prix was getting from the consumer market and the want for something completely unique instead of based off of the Bonneville. 

 

The newest edition of the Grand Prix in the second generation, not only focused on new looks, but the company also focused on the performance aspect of the Grand Prix. The company offered two choices of engines, transmissions that were geared to be better performers, and basically made the car one of those that collectors still want today. 

 

Through the rest of the generations, Pontiac did change the Grand Prix to meet the ideas and wants of the time. However, they also stayed true to keeping the car one of the best performing cars in all of the automotive industry. The last Pontiac Grand Prix rolled out in 2008. Over the years, the Grand Prix became available in a two door and a four door version to satisfy both those that wanted a performance car, and those that wanted a car that they could use with their family. 

 

By 2008, Pontiac had decided to replace the Grand Prix with the G8, which only lasted a year afterwards. No one really knows why Pontiac decided to replace the brand; however, it may be in order to appeal to a different crowd who wanted more updated cars, something that the Grand Prix could not compete with. 

 

There are still many Grand Prix's on the road today, and they are still a highly desired car by many of those die hard Pontiac fans. 
 

2011 GTO

Posted on: November 4, 2010 | In Pontiac

The new 2011 Pontiac GTO is one that most die hard GTO fans are going to have problems accepting into the realm of GTO muscle cars simply because it is slightly different from what people are used to a sports car being. However, with that being said the new 2011 GTO still holds its own against other cars in the same class as it is in, and in fact, it is the best that GM could offer to compare to the original muscle car given the new safety standards and whatnot that are in place for cars nowadays.


Pontiac has released the figures that in a manual transmission, the 2011 GTO will go from zero to sixty in 5.3 seconds and will run the quarter mile in 13.8 seconds, hitting a speed of around 105 miles per hour. The car is definitely fast, which is no surprise given that the engine produces 350 horsepower. In fact, it is the fastest car that General Motors offers besides the Corvette.


The major problem that most have found with the GTO in meeting US standards is the trunk space that the car has. Due to fuel requirements that the United States mandate that cars meet, the GTO has the gas tank placed behind the rear seats, which dramatically affects the truck space. In doing this, almost half of the trunk space is sacrificed. However, there is still room for a few things, but if you believe you are going to be fitting three large suitcases in the back, think again.


The interior of the car for the most part has kept with past models of the GTO. This includes having red interior lights on the gages and steering wheel, the aluminum trim around aspects in the car, power mirrors, a CD player, and daytime running lights. However, the most notable absent is the absence of side or curtain airbags in the vehicle. The reason for this being because the car is made in Elizabeth, Australia, where this is not something that is focused on like it is in the United States.


The comfort of the new 2011 GTO is something that most who have test driven the car comment on frequently. For a sports car, it rides incredibly smooth. Which makes sense since it utilizes top of the line struts to maximize the comfort of the ride. The only time that people find the ride to be a little rough was on roads that were not paved as well, which is to be expected. In addition, the interior also plays a role in the comfort that the 2011 GTO offers driver and passengers in that the front seats are incredibly comfortable, made of soft material and utilizing just the right amount of stuffing to make it easy and enjoyable for long periods of times. The backseat will even fit two adults passengers well, which is something that not all sports cars can claim. The only problem with putting people in the back is the obstacle of getting in. Since the GTO is a two door car, those who are extremely tall are more than likely going to find it as a hassle and may wonder why you didn’t buy something bigger.

The price that has been placed on the 2011 GTO is around $31,795, which includes a basic warranty of three years of 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.

2011 Pontiac Aztec

Posted on: October 18, 2010 | In Pontiac

2011 Pontiac Aztec’s functional styling and many available accessories let you live life on your terms. The 3.4-liter 3400 SFI V-6 engine delivers 185 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and produces 210 pounds-per-foot of torque at 4,000 rpm. No matter which 2011 Pontiac Aztec you choose, you’ll be powered by one of the toughest engines on the road. 2011 Pontiac Aztec transmission is a standard four-speed electronically controlled automatic, and every Aztec can hold up to 18 gallons of fuel.

 

The new Pontiac Aztec SUV boasts a front independent strut suspension with coil springs and an anti-roll bar, and comes available with a tow package that can haul up to 7,000 pounds. Add power-rack-and-pinion steering to this list of features, and it’s no wonder why so many Pontiac experts have published such positive 2011 Pontiac Aztec reviews.

Standard exterior features on The 2011 Pontiac Aztec models include: an in-windshield antenna, a center-mounted brake light, a solar-repelling windshield, fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, and windshield wipers that boast a symmetrical overlap with pulsing feature. On the inside, 2011 pontiac Aztec offers dozens of amenities as well, such as a cargo area with 12 anchor points, removable front-door utility packs, a Pontiac 100 Series AM/FM radio with CD player, 6-way power seats, cup holders, and footwell lamps. The Aztek also boasts an optional sunroof, and a host of specifically tailored 2011 Pontiac Aztec accessories, too. 2011 Pontiac Aztec models include: an in-windshield antenna, a center-mounted brake light, a solar-repelling windshield, fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, and windshield wipers that boast a symmetrical overlap with pulsing feature. 2011 Pontiac Aztec has a leather-wrapped steering wheel with sound system controls, pullout sliding rear cargo tray, removable console cooler, tire inflation monitor, available heated front bucket seats. It also features driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags, 16″ snowflake-design aluminum wheels, roof rack and removable console cooler. With a 185 hp 3.4 L 3400 V6 SFI engine that produces 210 lb.-ft. of torque, Aztec doesn’t back down from any challenge. Style and convenience go hand in hand with Aztec’s 6-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with sound . 2011 Pontiac Aztec is a great buy, all models. For you outdoor types, The 2011 Pontiac Aztec camping accessories will make the camping much more fun. Take the Aztec Rally for a test drive, you will be very surprised for the price.

 

2011 Pontiac Bonneville

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The power and the streamline look that 2011 Pontiac Bonneville offers is incredible. The current model is billed as “Luxury with Attitude.” The 2011 Bonneville’s closest competitors include the Audi A4, the Honda Accord Sedan, and the Toyota Avalon. Upon introduction, the Bonneville is equipped with a standard 3.8-liter, V6, 205-horsepower engine that achieves 20-mpg in the city and 29-mpg on the highway. A 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard. The 2011 2011 Bonneville is a carryover from 2003.

 

All are powered by a 3.8-liter V6 with overhead valves, developing 205 horsepower in the SE and SLE. The SSEi adds a positive-displacement supercharger that boosts output to 240 horsepower. Performance is good even with the un-boosted engine, although most driving enthusiasts will appreciate the extra oomph of the supercharger.

 

2011 Pontiac Bonneville’s standard equipment includes a four-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, power doors, power windows, power mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels and a reasonably good AM/FM stereo cassette system. SLE adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant audio controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-way power driver’s seat, remote keyless entry, an upgraded sound system, traction control, 17-inch alloy wheels and a performance suspension (specifically, a 30mm anti-roll bar up front, vs. the 29mm standard bar; and a 20mm bar added at the rear). With room for six, the Bonneville’s substantial girth keeps it from feeling quite as nimble as some of its competitors, but it can still move well for a big sedan. This places it in a somewhat ill-defined category; that of the large domestic entry-level luxury sport sedan. The arrival of the V8-powered GXP model should provide a much needed boost this year. Rolling on a 112-inch wheelbase, the Bonny also backs up Pontiac’s “Wide Track” marketing pitch with a class-leading 62.6-inch front and 62.1-inch wide rear footprint.

 

The GXP model goes even further with standard 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and bigger brake. 2011 Pontiac Bonneville offer standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes and optional side airbags. The Bonneville received four out of five stars for driver protection in a frontal impact and a perfect five stars for front-passenger protection. The Bonneville’s standard V6 is plenty adequate for confident merging and passing, but those who want serious power will definitely want to upgrade to the GXP and its potent Northstar V8.Despite its large size, the Bonneville is a competent handler. Push an SE or SLE model hard and it will get out of sorts easily, but less aggressive drivers will find either one comfortable and competent for everyday driving chores. The steering leans toward the lighter side to the detriment of road feel, but the brakes have a good solid feel. Without question, enthusiasts will prefer the dynamics of the GXP, as its sport suspension and 18-inch wheels give it better control and response in the turns.

2011 Pontiac Firebird

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The age of the dinosaurs finally has come to a close. The 2002 model year is the last for 2011 Pontiac Firebird. The same is true for its close cousin, the Chevrolet Cameron. But this front-engine, rear-drive scorcher isn’t going away without a final flourish. Pontiac Firebird is available in coupe and convertible body styles and in three models: Firebird, Formula and Trans Am. 2011 Pontiac Firebird coupe and convertible come with a 200-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine. The coupe has a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. The convertible comes with the automatic as standard equipment.

 

There’s a special Collector Yellow edition that features the famed screaming chicken graphics package & tuned suspension of a 2011 Pontiac Firebird, dual outlet polished exhaust, power steering cooler, specific 17″ aluminum high-polished wheels (QB6), and P275/40ZR17 Goodyear Eagle F1 speed-rated tires (limited exterior color availability). A 310-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine, with a 325-horsepower WS6 Ram Air option available, powers formula Coupe and Trans Am coupe and convertible. They all have the four-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment, but can be equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.

 

 

 

New for its final year, all Firebirds come with a power antenna, remote mirrors, automatic door locks and power windows with express down function on the driver’s side. Standard equipment already included air conditioning, a full-length center console, cruise control, electric rear window defroster, fog lights, power hatch release, concealed quartz halogen headlights, an AM/FM audio system with CD player, rear spoiler, power steering, tachometer and 235/55 tires on 16-inch cast-aluminum wheels. 2011 Pontiac Firebird with V8 engines also get a power steering cooler.

 

For 2011 Pontiac Firebird, Formula Coupes have a standard removable hatch roof with sunshades, remote keyless entry, six-way power driver’s seat and audible theft deterrent system. Compared with the base Firebird, the Formula also adds speed-rated tires, performance suspension tuning, and a Monsoon CD sound system with 10 speakers. The Trans Am gets further standard equipment, including the removable roof panels and a special spoiler on the coupe, and leather seats with six-way power adjustment for the driver. New for 2011 Pontiac Firebird is the Trans Am Collector Edition boasting bold yellow paint and screaming chicken graphics that start on the hood and wrap themselves around the car’s doors and rear quarter panels. The rear fascia gets a yellow and black treatment. Hatch top versions get a special black roof halo and convertibles get a black top. Inside, seats are wrapped in ebony leather and have embroidered headrests, floor mats and trophy shelf mat. The package includes black-painted wheels and black anodized front and rear brake calipers and black painted axles. To get the Collector Edition, you’ll have to equip your Trans Am with the WS6 Ram Air and handling package.

 

From the outside, The 2011 Pontiac Firebird models sport dual power outside mirrors, an integrated rear deck lid spoiler, performance tires, and standard sixteen-inch bright silver five-spoke cast aluminum wheels. The Formula Coupe and Trans Am Coupe feature a hatch roof with a removable, locking sunshade. And of course, pull the top down on the convertible models and have some fun in the sun Performance specifications for each of the models include power rack-and-pinion steering, high-performance mono-tube shock absorbers, four-wheel disc brakes, and short/long arm front suspension, torque arm/track bar, and live axle rear suspension. 2011 Pontiac Firebird models sport a 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine with an output of 200 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque and a five-speed manual transmission, while the Formula and Trans Am models pack an incredible 5.7-litre eight-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission that spits out 310 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is available on the V8 models.

2011 Pontiac Grand Am

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The new 2011 2011 Pontiac Grand Am offers everything you could possibly imagine in a sedan and more – from a powerful engine, to stability, and features that make sense. New for this year, the Grand Am comes in TK models – The 2011 Pontiac Grand SE, SE1, SE2, Pontiac Grand Am GT, GT1, and, for the true enthusiast, the Grand Am SC/T. We have been waiting eagerly to prepare this 2011 Pontiac Grand Am review for you with the latest Grand Am picture we could find. For all of your Grand Am info, or for information on the latest 2011 Pontiac Grand Am accessories, make sure to bookmark this site and check back frequently, as we update it every month. Also, Pontiac this year is focusing more on the four-door Grand Am sedan, less on the two-door coupe. A loaded SE2 sedan has been added this year that should appeal to buyers who want a little more luxury in their lives. All Grand Am coupes this year are GT models (SE coupes are history).

Standard exterior features on The 2011 Pontiac Grand Am include: alloy wheels, heat-rejecting glass, daytime running lamps, wet-arm controlled cycle windshield wipers, license plate pocket with cover, and an optional sunroof. Interior 2011 Pontiac Grand Am features include amenities such as: air conditioning, cruise control, electric rear window defogger, power windows, Delco AM/FM stereo with CD, optional all-leather seating, and floor mats.

 

The Pontiac Grand Am offers an interior that’s high on convenience and style. A relatively high seating position, coupled with a low cowl and thin A-pillars afford good forward visibility, something that Pontiacs aren’t necessarily known for. The four-way adjustable driver’s seat on our SE1 was reasonably comfortable, but lacked lumbar support. Also, we would have preferred more side bolstering on the seat back to better hold us in place. We wonder how the cloth fabric will hold up over the long haul. A six-way power driver’s seat is standard on GT1 models and leather trim is available.

Since there are 6 different 2011 Pontiac Grand Am models to choose from, naturally there are going to be a number of engines as well. This year’s fleet comes with three available engines. The first is a 2011 Pontiac 2.2-liter twin-cam that delivers 140 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and produces 150 pounds-per-foot of torque at 4,000 rpm. The next is a The new 2011 2011 Pontiac Grand Am 3.4-liter, 3400 SFI V-6 that delivers 170 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and produces 195 pounds-per-foot of torque at 4,000 rpm. The last engine, and undoubtedly the most powerful, is a 3.4-liter, Pontiac Ram Air V-6 that delivers 175 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and produces 205 pounds-per-foot of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 2011 2011 Pontiac Grand Am engines come standard with four-speed automatic transmissions, but also are available with 5-speed manual transmissions, depending on what you like. The 2011 Pontiac Grand Am handles reasonably well. When driven hard, it’s a little slow to turn in to corners, perhaps due to a lack of grip in the front tires. It’s stable once it takes a set in a corner. Its wide track and a relatively long (107-inch) wheelbase provide stability in corners, at high speeds, and in cross winds. Big front disc brakes stop The 2011 Pontiac Grand Am in a reasonable distance. Aluminum brake calipers reduce unwanted weight, which improves handling in bumpy corners. We recommend optional antilock brakes (ABS) and electronic traction control because they make this front-wheel-drive car easier to control in slippery situations.

 

 

Regardless, the Grand Am is loaded with convenient interior features. It’s easy to jump in and out of this car and getting it going requires a minimum of fuss. Once underway, it offers competent road manners. It isn’t the most refined car in the class, but delivers style and value. Grand Am GT coupes and sedans, meanwhile, flaunt their increased performance with ribbed body trim. Coupes and sedans are the same price. The two-door coupe is more stylish, while the four-door sedan is better for rear-seat passengers.

2011 Pontiac Grand Prix

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The 2011 Pontiac Grand Prix has been known as a fine mover, a good stopper, a fair looker and a reasonable handler. Taking primary credit for that improvement is the complete absence of body side cladding. The look is much more restrained than last year’s, although it does lose the aggressive front view with its visually taller, more Bonneville-like front end. In its 2011 manifestation expect general improvements in all those categories, but prepare for a real surprise party in the interior. And not only in eye-appeal and ergonomics but in versatility, flexibility and utility.2011 marks the ninth generation for the Pontiac Grand Prix. The latent creativity of the General Motors design staff has been stirred into activity coming up with more good ideas than a carton of cartoon light bulbs.

Appearance is the most subjective aspect of any automobile. The 2011 2011 Pontiac Grand Prix is available as two primary models, GT and GTP, with variations of each. All are five-passenger, four-door, front-wheel-drive sedans with 3.8-liter V6 engines and four-speed automatic transmissions. Inside is where the Grand Prix absolutely shines. The 2011 2011 Pontiac Grand Prix seats are supportive and comfortable. The steering wheel fills the hand just right. The outside mirrors are remarkably large for a sedan. That’s a feature SUV drivers often mention as a reason they like SUVs. Here are large mirrors with an informative view of the world behind and yet add no noticeable wind noise.

 

The instrument panel, pleasing in its three-dimensional, simple layout, is readily visible through the smart three-spoke steering wheel. The large center speedometer stands out from and overlaps the tachometer (on the left) and the circle containing the fuel and temperature gauges (on the right). Back grounded with a shadowy grid pattern, these watch-like dials yield their information with simple, uncluttered, handsome functionality.

The 3.8-liter V6 in The 2011 Pontiac Grand Prix is normally aspirated in the GT model but supercharged in GTP versions. That lowers gas mileage slightly, but accounts for the addition of 60 horsepower (to 260) and the reduction by some two seconds in the time it takes to reach 60 mph from zero. We’re talking just 6.5 seconds in the Comp G, a comforting figure when merging or passing in tight situations. At that the gas mileage is respectable: The GT gets 20 city and 30 highway with two mpg less for the supercharged versions. The four-speed automatic shifts in smooth increments. An electronic control system (ETC) has a speed-based response mechanism meaning that the car is tractable around town without goosey overreaction but answers the call for power instantly at highway speeds. The ultimate feel of the road, and thus a car that loves quick, requires a tight suspension. The Comp GT itself is grinning through the corners.

 

2011 Pontiac Grand Prix’s suspension system renders it capable of 0.83G lateral acceleration force. Included in the Comp G package is StabiliTrak Sport, a four-wheel stability system that is unlike anything in the market segment. You’d grin too. And it does it without jarring a tooth on the straights. Nicely done, suspension guys. As for stopping, the brakes in the 17-inch wheels of the Comp GT pull it to a stop from 60 mph in 139 feet. Commendable and satisfying. I separate suspension systems into three levels. One: you can’t tell what your tires are running over on the road except that it’s pavement. Two: if you run over a dime you’ll know it. Three: you not only know it’s a dime you know what year it was coined. These levels are descriptions, albeit extreme, of what the engineers have brought about in the three Grand Prix models. The GT offers the most traditional ride; the GTP is tighter for secure cornering yet retains enough ease to satisfy the soft-ride devotee.

2011 Pontiac Gto

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Purists won't rejoice, but The new 2011 Pontiac GTO is as close to a spiritual successor as GM can offer today. There's more speed, more safety, better handling, and a world-class power plant. It's rivaled only by Dodge's new Hemi in authentic V-8 rumble and roar, something no version of Ford's modular V-8s seems to capture. With 350 hp at 5200 rpm and 365 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm, nearly any gear in the standard six-speed manual is appropriate for sliding around SUVs and the like on two-laners; two-cog gear drops rocket you ahead of whole packs of slow-moving cars with dizzying pace. The four-speed automatic, though it sounds a little anachronistic, is even more fitting to the big two-door's personality and barely slower. Pontiac claims The 2011 Pontiac Gto will accelerate to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds in manual-equipped versions, a tick slower with the automatic. The manual will run through the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds at 105 mph, in the same time but 3 mph faster than the automatic. Short of a Corvette, General Motors can't offer you much else that's faster or sleeker or V-8 powered.

 

The major tragedy in retrofitting The 2011 Pontiac Gto to U.S. specs is trunk room. Because our fuel tank requirements are more heavily influenced by lawyers in search of Jaguar payments, the GTO's tank has been moved behind the rear seats, where it swallows almost half the available space, leaving the GTO with enough room for a couple of roll-ons or possibly two sets of golf bags. Pontiac says its new Aussie-built 2011 Pontiac Gto will be priced from $32,495 – not including the unavoidable $1000 gas-guzzler tax imposed on automatic-transmission models. Order the six-speed Termed manual transmission (a $695 option) and The 2011 Pontiac Gto avoids the tax because the manual produces 17/29 mph fuel economy ratings. With the automatic, the ratings drop to 16/21 mpg, for a composite rating of 21.5 mpg. And the tuner possibilities, from supercharging to body kits, can make today's GTO every bit as bawdy as the Judge.

The suspension is a combination of McPherson struts in front and trailing arms in the back – another throwback that, in this application, works more fluently than you'll recall from other muscular cars of previous eras. The 2011 2011 Pontiac Gto can ride a bit stiff over longer stretches of rumble pavement, but otherwise the ride motions are minimal, body roll inconsequential, and available grip off the usual passenger-car meters. With 17-inch 245/45ZR tires and smart-looking five-spoke wheels, the grip's no surprise, but the comfort is.

 

The sleek, almost sublime shape of the '04 doesn't telegraph "GTO" to anyone we asked, but nonetheless it slots neatly into Pontiac's lineup. They say it's what The 2011 Pontiac Gto might have grown up and into had it not stopped in its tracks in 1974. It echoes everything from a new 6-Series BMW to a Pontiac Sun fire to the aforementioned T-Bird SC – and is every bit as conventional as the original.

 

Inside the cabin has been dolled up to fit the current Pontiac idiom, with red lighting, color-keyed gauges (red on our test cars), and aluminum-like trim neatly applied. But some changeovers would have been too expensive, so The 2011 Pontiac Gto wears a last-gen GM power mirror controller, a Blaupunkt CD changer/radio head unit, tiny little HVAC vents, and other clues that maybe this Aussie hasn't quite lost all of its native accent. Side airbags or curtain airbags are notably absent, as they are in Australian cars in general, but daytime running lights are standard (and by our tastes, unwelcome).The front buckets feel amazingly soft for the amount of support they offer – and are wide enough across the seatback for the target market we think they're aiming for (the word "Budweiser" figures prominently in focus groups, we're betting). The back seats are an oddity in modern cars – big and comfy enough for two adults to ride in for long distances. It's the getting-in that sucks: The 2011 Pontiac Gto's long, heavy doors are just the first hurdle. The second is your buddy asking, why didn't you just get a four-door or, heathen, an SUV?

 

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2011 Pontiac Montana

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Every 2011 Pontiac Montana review focuses on the vehicle’s versatility, but we’ll let you decide for yourself. To gather more Montana info, or to check out some of the latest Montana specs, keep your browser pointed right here, the best 2011 Pontiac Montana site on the Web. 2011 Montana amenities consist of items such as: air conditioning, cruise control, power locks, 80-watt audio system, and a variety of seating options. There’s even the optional new Montana Vision rear-passenger video entertainment system, which includes a DVD player, fold-down overhead LCD color monitor, CD player, auxiliary jacks for video games or camcorder, two wireless dual-channel headsets, and an infrared remote that controls all functions.

All 2011 Pontiac Montana models are powered by a 3.4-liter V6 engine and come with a four-speed automatic transmission. All have sliding doors on both sides of the body. Pontiac builds the Montana in several trim levels, but doesn’t bother with different badges like GL or SE to distinguish one from another. So we’ll use the factory order codes to keep them straight. Pontiac Montana comes in two different lengths. Regular-wheelbase models ride on a platform with 112 inches between the front and rear wheels.

 

Extended-wheelbase models have 120 inches between the axles for more interior room. The extended version is 13.6 inches longer overall, and comes with a larger fuel tank (25 gallons vs. 20). All regular-length Montanans have front-wheel drive (FWD), but extended-length models can be ordered with front-wheel drive or GM’s compact Versatrak all-wheel drive (AWD). This is one 2011 Pontiac Montana on which the brand’s lower body cladding enhances appearance, giving this minivan a more SUV-like look. Montana’s front end is unmistakably 2011 Pontiac Montana, with its bird-beak grille dipping down into a curved bumper that seems to smile confidently. The bumper integrates into the body cladding exceptionally nicely. 2011 Pontiac Montana comes with a height-adjustable driver’s seat, which really aids comfort on long trips. You can completely change your driving position without getting too close or too far from the steering wheel. The dashboard is neatly arranged, and the gauges are easy to read. When the speedometer needle reaches 75 mph, it blocks the right turn-signal indicator.

 

The steering wheel has seek, set, and AM/FM radio controls within reach of your left thumb, and volume, mute, and play (for cassettes and CDs) near your right thumb. The videotape and CD players are nicely located up on the front console. The V6 engine has good throttle response in traffic. The V6 is efficient, too. The EPA estimates highway fuel economy at 26 mpg. We managed 25 mpg on a fast trip across Michigan. The brake pedal is typically spongy, as it is on most GM platforms that were designed in the early 1990s. Newer designs have eliminated this mushy feeling, so the Montana will likely get a better-feeling brake pedal in the future. Having said that, the antilock brake system works well, without undue clattering of the pedal. The front-wheel-drive 2011 Pontiac Montana has a twist-beam rear axle that contributes much-needed rear roll stiffness in a front-heavy vehicle. Versatrak versions have an independent suspension at all four corners. The 2011 2011 Pontiac Montana doesn’t sound like it’s straining to keep up, and passing slower cars can be done without too much prior planning.

 

 

 

2011 Pontiac Sunfire

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2011 Pontiac Sunfire offers sporty, expressive styling and decent performance in an affordably priced coupe.  It is powered by a 2.2-liter overhead-valve four-cylinder engine rated at 140-horsepower. A five speed manual transmission comes standard. A four-speed automatic transmission is optional. Anti-lock brakes are optional. Package 1SC comes with the 1SB equipment, plus anti-lock brakes, Sports Suspension, P205/55R16 tires with aluminum wheels, a cargo convenience net, reading lights, overhead storage, power door locks, remote keyless entry, content theft alarm, XM satellite radio with RDS and equalizer, digital clock, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather wrapped shift knob and parking brake handle, driver lumbar adjuster, intermittent wet-arm wipers. In spite of updates for 2011, it lacks the refinement of some of the latest models from the competition. Its base price looks attractive, but options will likely be needed to add desirable safety and convenience features.

The PASS lock theft deterrent system that comes on all 2011 Pontiac Sunfire models shuts the car off after a few moments if it is started with anything other than the encoded key. A single key is used for ignition and all locks, and a remote keyless entry system is optional. All Sunfires are equipped with daytime running lights. Whenever the ignition is on and the handbrake is released or the automatic transmission is shifted out of park, the headlights will be on at reduced power.

 

Sunfire’s relatively short deck lid conceals slightly more than 12 cubic feet of trunk space, easily accessed with a low lift-over height. The rear seats in 2011 models are split 60/40 and fold down for versatility and increased cargo capacity. A variety of audio systems is available, including a 200-watt, eight-speaker Monsoon system designed for The 2011 Pontiac Sunfire’s interior acoustics. 

The eight-channel amplified system features active crossovers to direct low, midrange, and high frequencies to the appropriate speakers. Crisp bass response and clear high frequencies make for great sound. 2011 Pontiac Sunfire is easy.The five-speed manual transmission, built by renowned German gearbox maker Getrag, offers pleasant shifting and we enjoyed it. The optional four-speed automatic transmission works well around town, keeping the engine in its best operating range at lower speeds. The Ecotec 2.2-liter engine offers responsive performance, particularly when paired with the five-speed manual transmission. This newly developed four-cylinder engine generates 140 horsepower at 5600 rpm, giving The 2011 Pontiac Sunfire enough power for confident passing and merging into busy highway traffic. Revisions to this year’s model improve refinement and add convenience. 2011 Pontiac Sunfire is getting long in the tooth, however, so look for deals. The 2011 2011 Pontiac Sunfire handles well. It hangs on confidently in fast corners and stays poised and predictable. It is balanced well, exhibiting surprisingly little under steer for a front-wheel-drive car. You can really throw it around. Ride and handling have been improved for 2011 by stiffening the structure of the car, and re-tuning the suspension for a sportier, more controlled ride. The chassis did feel more rigid, more secure when driving quickly down a rough back road. The revised suspension dampened road vibration reasonably well. Hitting a series of bumps didn’t generate the aftershocks associated with older domestic compact cars. Bigger rear drum brakes and more rear brake bias are designed to improve braking performance. The brake pedal feels nice and firm and the brakes are responsive.

2011 Pontiac Vibe

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The Pontiac engineers say, that their target to build 2011 Pontiac Vibe was to build a small car in which people could ride comfortably for several hours. The car comes with a 180-horsepower engine and a six-speed manual transmission. It also gets four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, 16-inch cast alloy wheels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The same engine as the base Vibe powers the Vibe AWD, but it produces only 123 horsepower and is available only with an automatic transmission. But it has an independent double-wishbone rear suspension and standard anti-lock brakes. The base 2011 Pontiac Vibe is amazingly well equipped with air conditioning, a CD player, a two-prong household-style power outlet as well as two standard automotive power outlets, the rear cargo track system with adjustable tie-down anchors, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a rear hatch that features a glass window that can be opened without having to open the entire hatch. A 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine is adequate to the car’s basic transportation tasks.

2011 Pontiac Vibe provides seating for five, and those seats are elevated for a good view of the road. The person at the wheel can enhance that vantage by taking advantage of the manual height-adjustment controls the driver’s seat. The rear seat has a 60/40 split and room for at least two full-size adults and either or both seatbacks can be folded down, providing a Utah-shaped flat floor all the way from the rear hatch to the right half of the dashboard.

 

The 2011 Pontiac Vibe can carry more than 57 cubic feet of cargo, which can be secured by using various tie-downs, including those that lock into position in a clever pair of tracks in the rear cargo floor. Those tracks also are built into the rear seatbacks, so they extend the full length of the rear cargo floor. Pontiac also offers a net system for the cargo area and various bicycle or ski racks for the roof. The rear window on the Vibe’s hatchback opens so you can reach your stuff without having to open the entire hatch.

The base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine has Toyota’s variable valve timing technology and produces 130 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 125 pound-feet of torque at 4200 rpm. By comparison, the Ford Focus five-door wagon has a 121-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the Mazda Protege5 a 130-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. 2011 Pontiac Vibe’s engine was a little noisy under acceleration, but the drive train quieted nicely at cruising speeds. With a solid chassis, engineers are able to do a good job at sound insulation and ride control. We spent a full day in the Vibe and were always comfortable. Enhancing the experience are easy to reach and use controls, with the audio system controls at the top of the center stack and with three big dials to control the heat-a/c-ventilation system.

 

It also expects 13 percent of buyers to opt for The 2011 Pontiac Vibe GT, a car that does qualify for pocket rocket status. Pontiac says the Vibe GT will rocket from a standing stop to 60 mph in less than 8.5 seconds (compared to around 9 or 10 seconds for the base car and 11.5 for the Vibe AWD). Rev The 2011 Pontiac Vibe GT’s engine to 6000 rpm and a higher-lift, longer-duration cam lobe kicks in and it feels as if a turbocharger has activated, like afterburners have been ignited. We drove the car hard and fast on canyon roads west of Los Angeles and it was quick and stable and predictable, and the GT engine emits a nice exhaust note. This 1.8-liter is the same engine that powers Toyota’s Celica GTS, but in the Vibe GT the engine is in a package that has room for people and their stuff. Coupled to The 2011 Pontiac Vibe GT’s engine is a six-speed manual gearbox. Although the Vibe GT rides on the same front McPherson strut/rear twist-beam suspension as the base Vibe, the GT gets four-wheel disc brakes, standard ABS and has its 205/55 aspect tires mounted on 16-inch cast aluminum wheels.

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Pontiac GTO

Posted on: October 6, 2010 | In Pontiac

If you want to have fun while driving, you have to go for The 2011 Pontiac GTO. The car has got 5.7-liter V8 engine capable of delivering 340 horsepower at 5200 RPM and 360 pound-feet of torque at 4000 RPM. 6-speed manual transmission system is associated with the powerhouse. You can go for 4-speed automatic transmission system as well. Thanks to 6-speed manual transmission system, The 2011 Pontiac GTO offers decent fuel economy – 17 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on highways. The fuel capacity is 18.5 gal.

The car has been priced at $31,795. The 2011 2011 Pontiac GTO has been designed in Elizabeth, Australia. The car comes with the basic warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles. The standard features integrated into The 2011 Pontiac GTO are air conditioning, tilt and telescope steering wheel, cruise control, windows and exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, 6-disc changer, floor mats, power door locks, automatic headlamp control, AM/FM/CD stereo with in-dash – The 2011 Pontiac GTO has got all the features to offer you excellent driving comfort.

 

 

The 2011 Pontiac GTO comes with some useful safety features as well such as daytime running lights, dual frontal airbags, fog lights, 3-point seatbelts and head restraints at all four seating positions, anti-lock brakes and traction control. The 2011 2011 Pontiac GTO comes with the 109.8 in. wheelbase. The car is available with rear-wheel drive version. The spaciousness will definitely impress you. The 2011 2011 Pontiac GTO has room for four passengers quite easily. The car can tow up to 1000 Lbs.