The power rack-and-pinion steering was firm and responsive, though it did have a tactile quality-we definitely couldn't turn corners with just one finger against the spoke. In other words, we didn't even have to lean over to check for tread wear on the tires. Manual transmission 5 speed of valves 8 Fuel economy city 23 mpg 4 speed automatic transmission O Engine liters 2. Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. The massive taillights formed the rear corners of the vehicle and were separated by the trunk lid. The instrument panel was easily visible through the steering wheel.
The whole rear trunk arrangement looked to us like a pro football player complete with shoulder pads. The doors were large, curving up to form the edge of the roof. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating. Block heater O Transmission electronic control O 5 speed manual transmission S 3 speed automatic transmission O Engine horsepower 115-hp Automatic transmission 3 speed Recommended fuel regular unleaded Fuel tank capacity 15 gal. Seating three in the rear would be a bit tight, but two passengers should find it quite comfortable with adequate knee room. Although little has changed for 1994, Pontiac is now offering an optional 3.
The gear shift was on the console, as were the conveniently placed window controls. Acceleration was excellent both from a standing start and when passing. Our test car's seat belts, mounted at the top of the door posts, rested across our chests rather than over our shoulders, which we found very comfortable and unobtrusive. At the top, near the middle of the door, the cladding had a kind of rippled design. Decent, but not quite the best. Walkaround Our test vehicle was painted Bright White and looked very snazzy. The most arresting styling feature of the Grand Am's exterior, though, was the tough plastic bodyside cladding that was painted to match the body metal in a monochromatic paint scheme.
The trunk was big enough to hold plenty of luggage and golf clubs, and it came equipped with a compact spare tire. The hood release, though, was a tough reach under the dash. The bumper was made of tough polyurethane plastic, but it was a little softer in the front and back to better absorb the little bumps often encountered in parking lots. They moved back far enough to provide plenty of room for tall people and were easy to get in and out of There was also adequate headroom up front. Reverse lights were embedded below in the rear bumper, as was the license plate niche. You can interpret our ratings in the following way: 5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Fog lights and bumper-mounted sidelights added to what may sound like a busy design, but the total effect was impressively stylish.
The front and rear wheel housings were cut high into the side body, exposing the wheels entirely. We were greeted by a full, throaty roar from the engine upon acceleration. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class. Simply does not deserve to be on the road. Most of the controls were easy to reach-cruise control on a stick to the left of the steering column and wipers to the right. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class.
Shifting was provided by an efficient four-speed automatic transmission. Pontiac's leading seller with more than 200,000 units moved in the 1993 model year-should expect to grab the attention of those not already loyal to the import competition. We entered expressway traffic easily and with confidence. And at a base price significantly lower than both sedans, the Grand Am is a good value. . With the ability to pump brakeline pressure 15 times a second to a skidding wheel, the system handled our sudden stops with ease.
Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price. In front, familiar wraparound headlights flanked the traditional Pontiac split grille, with the turn signal inserted on the outside bend. At higher cruising speeds, however, the engine did seem to revert to a more docile hum, thanks to an enhanced induction system that's new for 1994. The rear doors swung open a full 80 degrees for easy entry and exit. Also, once the vehicle was placed in drive, all four doors locked-unlocking once again when the ignition was turned off.
Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class. While the ride did seem to smooth out at higher speeds, we certainly experienced a feel for the road. That sound of power may be a distraction to some, but it's music to Grand Am loyalists. The smoothness of the line was interrupted by a depression midway back, no doubt to permit the rear door to swing open. Considering the rest of this car, though, it came as somewhat of a surprise to find the panel to be rather low-key and straightforward with the standard gauges arranged in a half-circle and displaying white analog figures.
Under the front, the bumper extended back with a cover to protect the engine from road debris. . . . .
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