2000 Grand Am New Car Test Drive
Bold styling with aggressive ribbed body work is designed to draw attention to this sporty compact. Pontiac redesigned its Grand Am for 1999 with new exterior styling, a redesigned interior, a re-engineered chassis and suspension, a bigger optional V6 engine, and more convenience features. For 2000, a new Getrag 5-speed manual gearbox is available.
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, SE2, GT and GT1.
Base 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 $16,040. SE1 Sedan, which adds cruise control and alloy wheels, retails for $17,550. The $19,880 SE2 Sedan includes the V6 and low-profile P225/50R16 tires on 16-inch alloy wheels. GT models range from the $19,670 GT Coupe to the $21,470 GT1 Sedan.