Review: the 2010 Pontiac Vibe

August 18, 2010
Besides the more angled windshield and the beefier wheel arches the Pontiac Vibe hasn't changed from the previous model.  There really isn't anything that stands out on the exterior, although the look of the car is fine for a small affordable vehicle of this type. 

The performance has been enhanced with an upgraded 1.8 litre engine, or you can choose the more thrilling 2.4 litre engine.  Drivers say that although the car is fun to drive it isn't as sporty as most competitors in its class.  While cruising the engine is reasonably quiet, but use any heavy throttle in conjunction with either engine and that's when you will hear the roar. 

As far as handling goes the small hatchback is prone to crosswind wander at highway speeds, but other than that it provides a smooth ride.  When tested in bad weather condition the Pontiac Vibe faired well and took corners with ease.  The suspension has been stiffened from earlier models allowing the vehicle to have a more sturdy ride. Being a small car it has good mileage, 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. 

Having an invoice price of $15,376 is a huge plus for the Vibe, as it makes it affordable for the average driver.  Less means more with the newly designed interior controls on the Pontiac Vibe.  The few simple functions provided are easy to use and do the job that they were intended to do.

The seats are comfortable, and even if you're six feet tall you can ride in comfort without the fear of your head being pressed against the roof.  However, as with most small cars you will be sitting in the back with your knees practically up against your chin. 

Cargo space is a plus for the Vibe, with 49.1 cubic feet of space you will have more than enough room for a months worth of groceries.  The back seats and the front passenger seat fold down to provide more room and extra length for those long items.

Safety features include, front, rear and side airbags, traction control, Electronic Stability Control and OnStar.

It's worth mentioning that General Motors phased out all Pontiac branded vehciles in 2010.  The Vibe was the only car to be in the 2010 catagory, and may be difficult to come by.  If you want an alternative the Toyota Matrix has much of the same characteristics as the Vibe. 

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