I should tell you up front that I've always liked Pontiacs. You could say it's genetic.
My dad owned a string of Pontiacs, and kept on buying them until our family grew so large that it required a big Chevrolet station wagon.
His first new car - a 1949 Mayan Gold Pontiac Club Coupe - swept him away on his honeymoon. Here's a man who has trouble remembering the birthdays and middle names of his own children, but who can recall in minute detail how he went from one dealership to the next dickering for that car, finally negotiating $50 off the $2339 price tag.
I am equally smitten with Pontiacs, particularly the Bonneville, for the same reasons that my dad loved his cars: style and performance.
That's what made this test drive intriguing. And when it was all over with, I ended up leasing a Bonneville SE of my own to replace my aging Honda Accord.