2006 Pontiac Vibe – Intellichoice Review – Automobile Magazine

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From the 2005 issue of Automobile –

The Pontiac Vibe is a Toyota Matrix in a party the clothes make all the difference. The shares the Matrix’s chassis and but does so with an exterior that still looks hip, and arguably more It combines this sporty with an interior versatile to carry items up to eight in length. For 2006, there are a of new features, from an available package to a new exterior color.

Vibe models are available: Vibe AWD, and Vibe GT. The car is powered by a 130-horsepower inline-four the front wheels; the AWD has a 123-horse mated to a standard four-speed and the front-drive GT gets a sportier engine mated to a six-speed transmission. The Vibe eschews ‘s former overwrought for a clean, sharp, wedge-shaped that makes the sister Matrix look downright

A double-kidney grille and cats-eye lend a Pontiac face to the Pronounced wheel arches a sense of sport and imply AWD the symmetrical application at each The angled beltline gives a sense of forward momentum.

All the work together to create a even adventurous, presence by bodywork on the GT edition. Base have 16-inch wheels and but the available 17s create a more appearance. An integrate roof is standard, suggesting a model seeks an active owner. We the Vibe’s interior, with its easy-to-follow center stack and panel.

The chrome-rimmed gauges are particularly Because this vehicle is on the Toyota Matrix, it has the kind of panel gaps and quality and finishes that few other GM have, yet the GM designers made the feel more inviting that of the Toyota. The Vibe has a folding rear seat and a front passenger seat.

The is a relatively spacious cabin will hold five or accommodate a driver and some sizable items from the Depot. With the second row up, there are 19.3 cubic of luggage space; with folded, a very useful cubic feet. More perhaps, is the 36.3 inches of legroom and the 41.8 inches up

And in terms of headroom–40.6 inches up 39.8 inches out back–the beats some luxury Base Vibes are pretty with standard air conditioning, CD and tilt steering wheel. need to buy a power group package–on the base, AWD, and GT get cruise control and power windows, and external mirrors. A and Tunes package adds a moonroof and a 200-watt premium system with seven and an integrated subwoofer.

In keeping with the youth bias of this vehicle, a 115-volt power outlet in the console, into which you can a laptop computer, cell charger, or even an air compressor. XM radio is an available option, as is OnStar system. A DVD-based system is also available. The GT has a steering wheel, to complement its pretensions.

In addition to standard airbags, the Vibe offers head curtain airbags. brakes are standard on the GT and the AWD, but an on the base trim. Buy ABS, and control is part of the package. drive is available, along GM’s StabiliTrak electronic control system.

The base Vibe is powered by a smooth Toyota DOHC, inline four-cylinder engine makes 130 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of those figures drop to 123 hp and 118 should you opt for all-wheel drive. A manual transmission is standard this Corolla-shared engine; a automatic is optional on FWD models and on the AWD version.

The GT offers more courtesy of a more-powerful 1.8-liter inline four that 170 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. a six-speed manual transmission–the choice–the GT will sprint 0 to 60 mph in around 8.0 seconds. However, need to rev this engine to an inch of its life to see its advantage the base engine because it its power and torque so high in the rev

Vibes are nice to drive and in their efficiency and execution. The GT has nice steering, good and sharp handling, but you need to rev the to the upper end of the tacho dial for the effect. The rev-happy nature of the makes it a bit tiresome in daily and it doesn’t fit the generally utilitarian of the vehicle.

The six-speed manual is a honey, though, adding to the versatility and fun. The AWD model is a in the Snow Belt, but performance is by a combination of the lower-powered engine and a automatic transmission. The choicest is the base model, fitted a sweet-shifting five-speed manual and willing, if underpowered, 130-hp

It handles just as well as the GT, less shifting, and when with the standard StabiliTrak is just as safe in most as the all-wheel-drive model. The Vibe with a standard three-year/36,000-mile with a six-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion Pontiac offers 24-hour assistance during the warranty upscale feature for this car.

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