Used 2006 Pontiac GTO

Pros & Cons

  • One of the best V8s ever made under the hood, comfortable enough to drive every day, interior design and quality worthy of the price tag.
  • Soft suspension tuning more suited for a Grand Prix than a high-performance coupe, long shifter throws, small trunk, missing key amenities and safety features.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

It may not look like an old-school Pontiac GTO, but this modern-day incarnation has more muscle than the original. Unfortunately, there's more engine here than the suspension can keep up with.

Vehicle overview

The GTO legend started back in 1964, when Pontiac offered Tempest/Le Mans buyers a GTO option package. That performance-enhancing option proved so popular that the GTO became its own model and is often credited as the first true "muscle car." Although some purists would say the "real" GTO died in 1973, the GTO name lasted until 1974.

With only 200 horsepower and distinct Nova looks, it's easy to see why many do not consider the '74 to be a true Pontiac GTO. As the performance dwindled, so did the popularity of the car and sales swiftly declined. The introduction of the more realistic "net" horsepower rating in the early '70s couldn't have helped, as it was surely difficult for local dealers to explain why a '71 GTO with a 400-cubic-inch V8 produced only 255 hp. By 1972, some of the GTO's former glory was restored, but the dark cloud of emissions control and government-mandated bumpers loomed large, and the once-proud Pontiac car became nothing more than just another GM clone.

Miraculously, GM has resisted the urge to slap the GTO badge on anything since 1974. It seems all the more curious given how fast and loose Chevrolet plays with its once-coveted "SS" moniker. We can't help but wonder how close the first Grand Prix GTP came to being labeled a GTO, but thankfully those in charge at Pontiac realized that "GTO" shouldn't be within a mile of a front-wheel-drive V6 automobile -- V8s only, please. GM was able to deliver on that promise thanks to a little help from its Holden division in Australia. The Monaro CV8 is the basis for the modern-day Pontiac GTO, and like past models, the new version is a 2+2 coupe. The Holden received styling revisions to make it look more like a Pontiac. The resulting twin grille and a slightly familiar rear-end treatment say "Pontiac" even from 20 yards away. Initially, the GTO was powered by GM's LS1 V8 making 350 hp.

For 2005, Pontiac slid the LS2 6.0-liter V8 under the hood, good for 400 hp. Blasting from zero to 60 in less than 5.5 seconds and blitzing the quarter-mile in under 14 ticks means a 2006 Pontiac GTO will simply embarrass nearly any old Goat you could name. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard, and all GTOs come with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, as well as a limited-slip rear end and traction control. An optional six-speed manual transmission only adds to the fun, and with a fully independent, performance-tuned suspension and 17-inch wheels, this 3,700-pound Pontiac car delivers a relatively supple ride.

Pontiac GTO models

The 2006 Pontiac GTO is offered as a 2+2 sport coupe in one generously appointed trim level. The standard features list includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, a premium Blaupunkt audio system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer, a trip computer and power windows, locks and mirrors. Aside from choosing a manual or automatic transmission, the only significant option is a set of larger 18-inch wheels. A sunroof isn't available, nor is a navigation system.

2006 Highlights

There are no major changes in store for the 2006 Pontiac GTO.

Performance & mpg

There is only one engine available on the Pontiac GTO -- a 6.0-liter V8 rated at 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission is a four-speed overdrive automatic, but a six-speed, close-ratio manual transmission is available as an option. Regardless of which transmission is selected, all GTOs come with a limited-slip differential and traction control.


All 2006 Pontiac GTOs come standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction control, multistage front airbags and an emergency mode that shuts down the vehicle's systems and unlocks the doors in the event of an airbag deployment. Side airbags are not available, nor is stability control. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have conducted crash tests on the GTO.


On the street, the 2006 Pontiac GTO rides like a luxury car and is easy to drive on a daily basis. But when driven more aggressively, the car can feel ponderous because of its significant body roll and slow and numb steering. Best to keep the car pointed straight and let the V8 work its magic, which, naturally, has been the point of the GTO since the beginning.


Unlike the original Pontiac GTO, this modern-day version is no stripper. The leather-trimmed front seats are comfortable and the overall interior design far surpasses that of the defunct Pontiac Firebird in terms of quality and functionality. The only letdowns of note are those generally endemic to a sport coupe: tight access to the rear seat, heavy doors and a small trunk.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2006 Pontiac GTO.

Average user rating: 4.8 stars
146 total reviews
5 star reviews: 84%
4 star reviews: 15%
3 star reviews: 1%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Refined Muscle Car Defined (2006 GTO)
Tom Miller,
2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A)
Love my '06 GTO. Truly a refined modern muscle car with comfort. I now have 64K miles on my black/black Goat (have both factory options: 18"wheels and 6-Speed manual trans). First thing I did was replace the stock shifter with a HURST billet short throw unit (chrome flat handle/black knob). Other upgrades include a VOLANTE Cold-air intake, Magnaflow cat- back exhaust system, 180 degree TStat, E3 Sparkplugs, MSD plug wires, Royal Purple synthetic lubricants throughout and Diablosport tuning. The original 400HP/400TQ is estimated to be about 445HP/450Torque. Current best fuel efficiency is 28.51 MPG at 75mph sustained on a 1,360 highway trip. I average 19-20 city and 25-26 highway!
4.625/5 stars, An honest assessment
2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A)
This car is addictive to drive. I have an Impala and the GTO and it is so much fun to drive the GTO that it's hard to put it away when the weather's bad. I was addicted to it from the first test drive. I almost sold it due to the mpg but decided that anything this much fun SHOULD be expensive to drive. After the Pedder's suspension, it's been like driving a very expensive sport's car.
4.75/5 stars, takes your breathe away
2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A)
styling is awesome, and the comfort and ease of driving , and when you see the open road you are in comand, it gives you a feel of freedom and excitement at the same time ,
5/5 stars, What a Car!!!!
2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A)
This is an unbelievable machine. It never ceases to amaze me with its power. The drive is just plain awesome. The 6-speed manual is a must. Just a few practicality cons, only because I use it for an everyday vehicle (which by the way I highly recommend). Access to the back seat is pretty close to impossible, in the rain the car is all over the place (which adds to the fun but takes away safety), and the trunk barely has room for groceries. But let me tell you I'd much rather have that engine than trunk space. It's such a monster. Better snatch 'em up while you can. Unless the decide to re-release at a later date, the 2006 is the last model.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
14 City / 19 Hwy / 16 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.0 gal. capacity
4 seats
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 400 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 400 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 189.8 in. / Height: 54.9 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 72.5 in.
Curb Weight: 3725 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 7.0 cu.ft.


Is the Pontiac GTO a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2006 GTO both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Pontiac GTO fuel economy, so it's important to know that the GTO gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the GTO has 7.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Pontiac GTO. Learn more

Is the Pontiac GTO reliable?

To determine whether the Pontiac GTO is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the GTO. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the GTO's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2006 Pontiac GTO a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2006 Pontiac GTO is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2006 GTO is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2006 Pontiac GTO?

The least-expensive 2006 Pontiac GTO is the 2006 Pontiac GTO 2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $31,290.

Other versions include:

  • 2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A) which starts at $31,290
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What are the different models of Pontiac GTO?

If you're interested in the Pontiac GTO, the next question is, which GTO model is right for you? GTO variants include 2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A). For a full list of GTO models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2006 Pontiac GTO Overview

The Used 2006 Pontiac GTO is offered in the following submodels: GTO Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A). The Used 2006 Pontiac GTO comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic. The Used 2006 Pontiac GTO comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2006 Pontiac GTO?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2006 Pontiac GTO and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2006 GTO 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2006 GTO.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2006 Pontiac GTO and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2006 GTO featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New Used 2006 Pontiac GTO?

Used 2006 Pontiac GTO 2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

The Used 2006 Pontiac GTO 2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,990. The average price paid for a new Used 2006 Pontiac GTO 2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A) is trending $21,031 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $21,031 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $10,959.

The average savings for the Used 2006 Pontiac GTO 2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A) is 65.7% below the MSRP.

Which used 2006 Pontiac GTOS are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2006 Pontiac GTO?

2006 Pontiac GTO 2dr Coupe (6.0L 8cyl 4A), 4-speed automatic, premium unleaded (required)
16 compined MPG,
14 city MPG/19 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG16
Transmission4-speed automatic
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement6.0 L
Passenger Volume104 cu.ft.
Wheelbase109.8 in.
Length189.8 in.
Height54.9 in.
Curb Weight3725 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2006 Pontiac GTO?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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