If occupant safety is tops on your list, the 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix might not make the cut.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) safety ratings for the Grand Prix range from a high of five stars in the frontal crash test for the driver, to a low of three stars for the driver’s side in that agency’s side impact crash test. Even with the optional side curtain airbags, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the Grand Prix “marginal” in its side-impact test.
Standard on many cars in its class, “traction control [is] optional on the base model and come[s] standard on the GXP,” says Edmunds. Another critical safety feature, side curtain airbags, is optional on both base and GXP models. GM’s Stabilitrak is standard on the GXP, where it is calibrated to allow aggressive driving and some amount of wheelspin on aggressive launches. Comments Motor Trend, “the system is less intrusive than the related Stabilitrak offered on Cadillac models, enabling spirited driving with gentle corrections.”
A Head-Up Display comes standard on the GXP, and it “allows the driver to extinguish all instrument panel lighting for enhanced visibility during night driving,” reports Cars.com. “You'll find the optional head up display (HUD) almost subliminal in its presence,” according to MyRide.com.