The smallest vehicle in the Pontiac family is a peppy subcompact
that zips around town and smoothly carries on over highways.
It isn't the roomiest vehicle in the world, being a subcompact,
but it does come in at a nice price, and it is built well.
For these and other reasons, the Sunfire is a favorite car
for college students and others on a tight budget.
The Sunfire comes as a two-door coupe, and it shares an
underskin design with Chevrolet's Cavalier sedans. But though
Cavalier will be replaced during the 2005 model year by
new Cobalt coupes and sedans, the Pontiac Sunfire is not
slated to get a version of the Cobalt.
The 2005 Pontiac Sunfire is offered as a base model and
as a 1SV model. However, there are also 1SB and 1SC groups.
The two-door Sunfire seats five passengers, but it would
help if they are small. The Sunfire also has a 60/40 split-folding
rear seat, giving owners increased cargo-carrying flexibility.
As mentioned, the Sunfire is a young person's car. Returning
for 2005 as part of the Sun and Sound Package is a CD/MP3
player with equalizer and Radio Data System.
Top-level audio quality is also available with the 200-watt,
eight-speaker Monsoon Premium Package audio system. It has
been tailored specifically to Sunfire's acoustical environment.
The only change applied to the 2005 Pontiac Sunfire is a
newly available Sport Appearance Package. It includes 16-inch
Chrome Tech wheels with bright chrome finish, 205/55R16
performance blackwall tires, sport suspension, a Sport interior
package (leather-wrapped steering wheel, parking brake handle
and shift knob, driver lumbar with manual adjust and passenger
seatback pocket), dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips,
body-color door handles and custom sill plates.
Also new for 2005 are four fresh exterior color choices:
Sedona Beige Metallic, Steel Blue Metallic, Sport Red Metallic
and Liquid Silver Metallic.
All models use a 2.2-liter Ecotec inline 4-cylinder engine
with 140 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque
at 4000 rpm. Thanks to twin balance shafts located in the
cylinder block, the engine drives very quietly.
5-speed Getrag manual transmission is standard on the base
model, while a Hydra-Matic 4T45-E electronically controlled
4-speed automatic is standard on the other models.
Safety and Security
Dual front airbags are standard, while seat-mounted side
airbags for front-seat passengers are optional. An available
Protection Package features side airbags and the OnStar
communications and security service.
2005 Pontiac Sunfire - New
Appearance Package with available bodyside Sport Graphics
exterior colors: Sedona Beige Metallic, Steel Blue
Metallic, Sport Red Metallic, and Liquid Silver Metallic