Source: MSN Autos
...Efficient Automatic Transmission The automatic upshifts smoothly and downshifts crisply and works well with the V6. However, the GT should at least be offered with the manual in the interests of sportiness. Both the 4-cylinder and V6 only need 87-octane fuel and deliver good estimated fuel economy—in the low 20s in town and high 20s or low 30s on the highway. And they have a sporty exhaust note that has been eliminated in many sporty autos. Fun to Drive The Grand Am will come as close to a BMW as some of its buyers ever will get. But, while the Grand Am is no BMW, it's fun to drive...
...The ribbed lower-body cladding and a twin-port grille are traditional Pontiac styling cues. Both the coupe and the sedan ride a 107-inch wheelbase and measure 186 inches front to rear. The overall length is a couple inches shorter than the best-selling midsize cars, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, and about a foot shorter than the Ford Taurus. Interior Pontiac says all models seat five, but the coupe?s narrower rear seat is better suited for two people than three. Front buckets are standard across the board. All models, except the base SE, have a split, folding rear seatback that...
...A 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic are available with the SEs, but only the automatic comes with the V6 engines in the GTs. The base models are well equipped, with standard ABS, traction control, intermittent wipers, power locks and mirrors, lighted entry and a security system. GTs add a rear spoiler and sports-tuned suspension and bigger wheels. The 2001 Grand Am aims to please those looking for a family car, but not willing to sacrifice sports performance. Indeed, drivers praise the V6 engine power, pickup, and excellent handling of the Grand Am, emphasizing its kick and spirited feel...
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