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1998 Pontiac Grand Prix

1998 Pontiac Grand Prix
Red-white-and-blue star-spangled sports sedan.

By Don Fuller

Review Pages
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1. Overview
2. Walkaround and Interior
3. Driving Impressions
4. Summary, Prices, Specs

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Overview

The Pontiac Grand Prix seems to satisfy all the check points on the list of what an American sports sedan should be: Performance, roominess, comfort, handling, features and a certain swagger to its stance. Best of all, the Grand Prix won't hammer a budget to smithereens.

In many ways, the Grand Prix rises above the mainstream. It has a muscular, competent and aggressive look that attracts assertive personalities without intimidating others. It's an eye-catcher from front to rear. The Grand Prix was originally designed as a coupe, then the sedan was derived from that. So the coupe and sedan share the roof panel and rear window. This design gives the coupe the room of a sedan, and the sedan the grace of a coupe.

The latest-generation Grand Prix marked a return to that old, familiar Pontiac "Wide Track" theme. Compared to most other sedans, the Grand Prix has a significantly wider track width and the fenders have been noticeably flared to cover the tires. That wide track contributes to superior handling, and the flared fenders add to the aggressive look. Overall, the Grand Prix offers sedan buyers a stylish alternative to conservative-looking sedans.


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