Complaints: Not from me, because I didn't sit in the Grand Prix's back seats. But long-legged friends and family members who did complained that the accommodations were cramped, that the seats were "too low."

Praise: The Grand Prix's standard 60-40 rear seats fold down, allowing more cargo space. An optional folding front seat allows you to carry items up to nine feet long -- with the trunk closed. That's kind of neat.

Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent in all three categories for both the GT and the GTP. Even recalcitrant throttle jockeys, the hard-core, gotta-speed enthusiasts who tend to favor things German, will find the Grand Prix likable.

Head-turning quotient: Fewer ruffles and ridges, but still bold enough to upset the timid and seduce the wild. This isn't your generically styled mid-size sedan. This one has attractive arrogance.

Capacities: Pontiac's engineers say the Grand Prix seats five people. But, after hearing the griping from my back-seat passengers, I can't figure out what five people the Pontiac people are talking about. Cargo capacity is 16 cubic feet with all seats up, and 57 cubic feet with the rear seats and front passenger seat folded down. Fuel capacity is 17 gallons (regular unleaded gasoline for the GT and premium for the GTP).

Mileage: I averaged 27 miles per gallon in the GT and 25 in the GTP in mostly highway travel. Pontiac claims a federal highway mileage rating of 30 mpg for the GT and 28 for the GTP. But mileage depends on variables such as, ahem, speed.

Safety: Head-curtain air bags available as an option.

Price: Base GT price is $21,670. Dealer invoice on that model is $19,910. Price as tested is $22,395 including a $635 destination charge. Base GTP price is $23,660. Dealer invoice is $21,649. Price as tested is $24,295, including the $635 destination charge.

Purse-strings note: Compare with 2004 Nissan Maxima, Honda EX V-6, 2004 Dodge Intrepid SXT, Volkswagen Passat.