Pontiac's Grand Am is one of GM's top-selling models, mostly because it combines racy styling and frisky engines with an affordable price. The current model was redesigned only a few years ago, so changes for 2001 are minimal.
Two body styles are available, a two-door coupe and a four-door sedan. Sedans cost about $300 more than comparable coupes. Sedans offer slightly more rear headroom, but otherwise they are nearly identical to the coupes.
A 150-horsepower 2.4-liter twin-cam 16-valve 4-cylinder engine comes standard. An optional 170-horsepower 3.4-liter V6 offers substantially more power. SE and SE1 models come standard with a new 5-speed manual transmission built by Getrag, a renowned German gearbox manufacturer. Other trim levels come equipped with an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission.
Models and trim levels include SE, SE1, GT and GT1.
SE trim comes with air conditioning, aggressive P215/60R15 tires mounted on 15-inch wheels and many other standard features. Grand Am Coupes in SE trim start at $16,140. SE1 Sedan, which adds cruise control, power everything and alloy wheels, retails for $18,170.
GT models feature unique bodywork and aluminum wheels, plus a 175-hp version of the V6 ? the extra five ponies courtesy of a Ram Am induction system and a freer-flowing exhaust. Retail prices range from the $20,235 GT Coupe to the $21,805 GT1 Sedan.