(2005 model shown)
Last year, Pontiac's shapely crossover wagon received a facelift that included a redesigned front fascia and grille that resembles the 2006 Solstice roadster. Available in both front- and all-wheel drive versions, the nimble-handling Vibe shares platforms and powertrains with the Toyota Matrix, including its standard 130-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, and a choice of either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. The top GT model is only available with front-wheel drive, but comes with a 180-horsepower version of the 1.8-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission. It also includes upgraded brakes and alloy wheels. A dealer-installed supercharger for the top engine adds about 35 percent more horsepower and torque. Anti-lock brakes, front-side and side-curtain airbags, a navigation system, leather seats, and the OnStar communications/safety system are optional. Minor changes for 2006 include a new exterior color choice, Stealth Gray Metallic; some of the vehicle's option packages now offer revised content.