Here we have my favorite of the GM J-platform cars, the Pontiac Sunfire, and this 1997 sedan variant with only 70,450 miles is owned by @nj_cars_and_license_plates and being featured for this week’s #submissionsaturday ! The cousin of the Chevrolet Cavalier, the Sunfire was designed to replace the Pontiac Sunbird with a more updated structure as well as design, being produced for model years 1996-2005. Both the Cavalier and Sunfire were pretty basic compact vehicles, but the Sunfire was the one of the two J cars to have a little bit of “Sporty” disposition and both a Coupe and Convertible version for the Cavalier and Sunfire were offered to the public.
When talking about this thing called “sportiness” and Pontiac’s catch phrase “Driving Excitement,” it’s a bit doubtful that a 2.2L or a 2.4L 4 Cylinder engine producing 115-150 horsepower would be considered “Driving Excitement” for some people, but a 5-speed manual transmission was offered on some models and would be a better use of the 4 Cylinder engine. The Sunfire’s mpg is rated at 25 city and 34 highway, as shown by the window sticker in the last photo.
The Pontiac Sunfire’s styling definitely reminds me of the Trans Am a little bit, with the similar designed front fascia in the headlights and the red “Pontiac” lettering on the trunk of the car. As for the interior, you can see in the fourth picture that the radio and climate console is pretty typical late 90s Pontiac design with grey switches and knobs, but I really do like the orange clock illumination that these old Pontiacs have. The overall design is for this J-car is a quirky and round design, and it’s really one of the more unique and underrated cars that Pontiac has produced in their line up. Thanks to @nj_cars_and_license_plates for this week’s submission!