2001 Sunfire New Car Test Drive
Pontiac's Sunfire offers wild styling with good fuel economy and a low price of entry. The Sunfire is easy to drive and fun to drive quickly, particularly with the available 150-horsepower twin-cam engine.
Two body styles are available: four-door sedan and two-door coupe. Coupes are available in SE and GT trim. The sedan comes only in SE trim.
The coupes are more fun, but the SE Sedan offers more practicality with a roomier back seat and a larger trunk.
Retail prices: SE Sedan ($14,430); SE Coupe ($14,175); GT Coupe ($16,295).
Two four-cylinder engines are available, a 115-horsepower 2.2-liter and a sporty 150-horsepower 2.4-liter twin-cam. The Twin Cam comes standard on the GT Coupe; it can be added to SE models for $450, but requires purchase of the 1SC Option Group ($1865 for SE Coupes, $1905 for SE Sedans).
Three-speed and four-speed automatics are available along with a five-speed manual gearbox from Getrag.
Last year's convertible model has been discontinued.