Pontiac Vibe Review

Posted on 22. Aug, 2007 by in Auto News

Late last century, GM decided, the rising tide of uninteresting front wheel drive cars japanese cars to fight the construction of her own uninteresting front wheel drive cars. Three decades of attempts to out-Japan gave the Japanese the top of American wrong-wheel-technology: The Monte Carlo SS Now that GM massive trucks have had their day, the automaker busy hawking his lackluster but stingy Cobavion. This unpopular despite the fact that one of the best small car GM has ever produced sits in Pontiac lot about America. Go figure.

I know: The Pontiac Vibe debuted around the same time began to problems with Shrek Lord Farquaad. But you would not know that to look at it to get it. The Pontiac Vibe is not only better looking than current GM Rental feed Small car selection, it is better than its twin-under-the-skin, the Toyota Matrix.

You can not, my suggestions, but the vibe of the simple, clean lines are an ode to the balanced proportionality. In the battle for the small car sales, unobjectionality is a big plus, the wee beastie sports one of the least outrageous designs of our time. If only the Pontiac Grand Prix had shown similar restraint …

A little bit of Grand Prix-style kit on Vibe bumpers and doors add a welcome dash of drama. The plastic and metal wheel arches are also somehow WiKKiD, whereby the vehicle that is not too rough-and-ready look. His oblique, was-winged front-end slots the Vibe Vibe smack dab in hot-hatch territory. Overall, it is a sublime departure from the otherwise chaotic sheetmetal Pontiac during the initial period of the Vibe (just check your calendar Aztek) provided.

Inside, the Vibe designers decided that it just is not enough in-depth lessons, even if you do. Insufficient instruments for depression Then asked anyone who "is the e in the tank display a subset of what other group?" With them by limning the Forms of spare chrome agree happened. At least the final price point of the surrounding line was relatively clear.

As you might expect, the plastics from recycled DVD cases are designed. Although the radio looks pretty awful, seem to have their boombastic enough work of the government, and the individual keys perfect for winter gloves, blind and visually impaired (the extra large print "MP3" painted on its surface clued us). Developed

The Vibe is a perfectly practical people mover. The spacious car seats five adults in post Nutri System reasonable non-complaints, with enough room for their weekly (weakly?) Meals. If these passengers sharing an addiction to another, the rear chairs fold flat enough to make the purchases of two compulsive Ikeaholics accommodate.

Dynamically speaking, the Vibe will not offer anything like performance. A hum-drum 126HP mill coupled with an over-taxed four-speed bumper give the car all the immediacy of a growing tree. It is in stop-and-go situations bearable, but downright irritating on the highways, where you will be confronted with the choice of remaining behind the Winnebago or endure the wheezing symptoms of a listless engine at 4,500 rpm for a good minute or three.

The vibe is great deal – if you are just out of driving school. With many safe understeer and steering, which sits in the sweet spot between an F1 car and a Buick LeSabre, it is not going to surprise you with its reflections. Ever. If you think that it is processed like a Corolla, well, that's because it's a Corolla. Below the "I mean business" Detroit trenchcoat are the matching bra and panties of the Toyota Corolla / Prizm global platform.

All this brings me to my main beef. For me, a Corolla has all the effervescence of a four day old soda cup while managing such as clogging the earthworm process. At the same time, I can not discount the fact that it. A great "go-to" car for someone whose idea of regular maintenance is filling up the gas tank

The vibe goes one better and offers the same bullet-proof platform and powertrain with styling that harkens back to the days when American cars a little something like dignity had. The Vibe is the guilt-free and bullshit-free way to buy American. Yet the humble vibe is completely escaped the attention of GM bean counters and marketers.

GM joint venture with Toyota did exactly what it should do: a viable transplant-a-like. So, why the GM Vibe escape the tendency to re-badge all four times? Equally important, why not keep the general improvement of this model, whose foundations are more suitable as they are now back in '01? Is it a case of corporate ADD, a Mercedes-like contempt for the distribution of goods (not with Toyota less) or just stupidity?

In any event, the Pontiac Vibe is a practical, economical, reliable and dull-driving machine that deserves a place on every small car buyer's short list.