2005 Pontiac Vibe

  • 2005 Pontiac Vibe Base Wagon

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2005 Pontiac Vibe Review

A beautiful car with flawless performance and fantastic safety features.

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The 2005 Pontiac Vibe is an attractive vehicle inside and out and brings together a fine blend of aesthetics and performance while maintaining its place among the affordable vehicles in its class. It gets very good fuel economy and the suspension and safety fittings add to its appeal for a hip vehicle owner without a bloated budget.

The Range

Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Pontiac Vibe, Pontiac Vibe GT, Pontiac Vibe AWD

What's New

The 2005 Pontiac Vibe offers three possible transmissions, namely the five-speed manual with overdrive, six-speed manual with overdrive, and four-speed automatic with overdrive. All-wheel drive provides an option. The sport wagon body with a front tapering hood gives it a stylish appearance, while the grille on the front that is flanked by tapering headlamps raises its aesthetic appeal. It comes fitted with various comfort and convenience features, and the leather finish gives it more class. Also with this edition side airbags come as a standard feature on all the trims.


Standard features for the 2005 Pontiac Vibe include intermittent wipers and a rear defogger, and the roof rack offers some options. The Vibe stands proud with 8.1 inches of ground clearance, and it sits on 102.4-inch wheelbase with 16-inch steel wheels and all-season tires. The exterior dimensions measure 69.9 inches wide, 62.2 inches tall, and 171.9 inches long. When fitted with the right equipment the Vibe can tow up to 1500 pounds.


Comfort and convenience features on the 2005 Pontiac Vibe include air-conditioning, vanity mirrors for the driver and front-seat passenger, reading lights in the front, and a light in the cargo area. Power features include power steering with tilt-adjustable steering wheel and a remote release feature for the trunk. Communication and entertainment features include an AM/FM single-disc CD stereo supported by four speakers. The storage areas include space in the front console, cup holders in the front and rear, and door pockets on both the front and rear doors, while the front seat has a storage pocket on the seatback. It comes fitted with cloth upholstery, and the front has a height-adjustable seat for the driver.

The 2005 Vibe offers 40.6 inches of headroom, 41.8 inches of legroom, and 53.2 inches of shoulder room. The rear cabin comes fitted with a bench seat with a split-folding seatback and passengers get 39.8 inches of headroom, 36.3 inches of legroom, and 52.6 inches of shoulder room. The Vibe handles 19.3 cubic feet of cargo with all of the seats in place. Cargo capacity expands to a maximum 54.1 cubic feet with the split-folding rear seats.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Pontiac Vibe uses front drive and a five-speed manual transmission. It has a 13-gallon fuel tank and a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 130 hp at 6000 rpm and 125 lb-ft of torque at 4400. The AWD comes with a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive along with other options. The suspension system has a MacPherson strut suspension, a torsion beam rear suspension, ventilated front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, and a front independent suspension.


Other safety features on the 2005 Pontiac Vibe include height-adjustable headrests on all seats. This type of headrest protects passengers and the driver from whiplash in the event of an impact. It also comes fitted with passenger front airbags and side airbags. The front passenger airbags include a passenger-sensing deactivation system, which senses the size of the passenger in order to protect him from the injuries caused by a launching airbag. For additional family safety, the Vibe includes child seat anchors in the rear and rear-door child safety locks. Fog lights and the headlamps with daytime running and dusk-sensing technology improve safety as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Pontiac Vibe: 30/36 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Vibe GT: 25/32 mpg city/highway
Pontiac Vibe AWD: 26/31 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Reliable performance
  • Front seat folds to double as a table
  • Entertainment features enhancement options
  • Safety features and suspension

You Won't Like

  • Entertainment in base

Sum Up

A beautiful car with flawless performance and fantastic safety features.

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