2008 Pontiac Grand Prix vs. Its Competition

2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix was very nearly made redundant several years ago with the introduction of the G6 sedan, which is almost as roomy inside.

Its closest rival may be the Nissan Maxima, which offers gutsy V-6 performance and front-wheel drive; the current Maxima, however, doesn’t feel tremendously sporty due to its CVT and softer tuning than in previous iterations, though its interior is very attractive.

The Ford Taurus isn’t at all fashionable, but it’s extremely spacious, rides well, and has ample power from the 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic; the Taurus is also one of the safest cars available.

Other types of buyers might better appreciate the Dodge Charger, which comes in V-6 and V-8 variants with rear- or all-wheel drive.

But the Charger doesn’t ride quite as well as these other rivals, and its backseat is smaller.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix is roomy, comfortable, and quite enjoyable to drive, but it feels dated and is lacking in the details.
The 2008 Dodge Charger sedan has plenty of practicality and character--and thirst, with the big HEMI engines.
A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
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Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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Style Name   
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan SEL FWD4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODContinously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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