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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
“inside, another rescue attempt proceeds apace”
“may just be the best…paddle shifter yet”
Road & Track
“TAPShift buttons are located in a good position”
“Displacement on Demand…enable[s] up to 12 percent improved fuel economy”
The Auto Channel
The 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix has a lengthy list of standard features, as well as some clever convenience items that help salvage its otherwise mediocre standing within its segment.
One of the Grand Prix’s most clever features is a flat-folding passenger seat (another feature shared with the late and unlamented Aztek are speedo and tach needles shaped, curiously, like crutches). An option on the Grand Prix, the folding passenger seat creates a “9.5-foot space, easily large enough to bring home 2x4s or a ladder from the hardware store,” claims Motor Trend. In a rare moment of praise, Automobile states, “the Grand Prix's packaging flexibility is world class” and also likes the optional XM radio, claiming that “it makes all cars better.” MyRide.com is impressed with rear doors that “swing out 82 degrees, improving ingress and egress for people and stuff.”
Despite affecting only four gears, the TAPShift feature, standard on the GXP, is praised for its intuitive and easy operation. “Just a light tap,” says Motor Trend, “commands the automatic transmission to do the driver's bidding.” Even the driving enthusiasts at Road & Track love it, claiming “this may just be the best steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifter yet, allowing the palm and fingers to remain on to the steering wheel in their normal position while the thumbs do all of the gear changes.”
“It’s not hard to max out the capabilities of the base system if you really like to blast music,” says Autoblog, who recommend upgrading to the optional Monsoon audio system. Both the base model and the GXP feature one year of GM’s OnStar service, but higher-tech features like Bluetooth and a navigation system are absent from either model.
The 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix’s lengthy list of convenient, well-thought-out features save it from irrelevance.