The Vibe is a four-door compact hatchback from the carmaker Pontiac. Pontiac’s parent company, GM, and the Japanese automaker, Toyota, collaborated on the Vibe, which was based on the Toyota Voltz, which was sold only in Japan for a short time before being cancelled. The Vibe is nearly mechanically identical to the Toyota Matrix.
The Vibe was first introduced in 2003 and continued production through 2009 when Pontiac was eliminated. All models were four-door hatchbacks with a front engine and front- or four-wheel-drive layout. The first generation included the models sold from 2003 through 2008. These vehicles featured a small base engine with a 1.8-liter, 132-hp four-cylinder or a 1.8-liter, 164-hp four-cylinder coupled with either a five- or six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Models were built primarily for fuel efficiency and convenience and were most noted for a unique design.
The Pontiac Vibe is primarily known as an economical, compact, roomy, convenient, and dependable car for its class. Criticisms mainly stem from an odd design and a lack of power in the engine. Besides adding a few new cosmetic options, the 2007 models saw very few changes from the 2006 models. In fact, options were decreased for this model year, leaving only one engine choice.
Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive
Models: Pontiac Vibe hatchback
The 2007 Pontiac Vibe adds one new color for the exterior, Wave Blue, and makes a cargo cover optional. For 2007, some options are eliminated. Additionally, the front-wheel-drive model with a 1.8-liter, 126-hp four-cylinder engine becomes the only one available.
The Vibe profile resembles an SUV more than anything else. It is only the size that seems to make it a compact, with a wheelbase of 102.4 inches and 171.9 inches in total length. It is a tall compact at 62.2 inches. This and the interior design are what make it roomy for a compact. The 2007 Vibes are wedge-shaped with a sharp front featuring the split grille with the Pontiac logo. The front angles up sharply toward the body and then taper off gradually toward the back until its gets to the flattened rear. Sixteen-inch wheels are standard, 17-inch wheels are optional, and the Vibe comes in a range of colors including Wave Blue, which is new for the 2007 lineup.
The 2007 Pontiac Vibe can seat up to five and is roomy for a compact car, due to its unique shape. The front passenger and the back seats can fold flat to fit cargo up to eight feet long, creating 54.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The gauges have the traditional red backlighting most Pontiacs use and have chrome trim. The layout of the controls is a little odd and will take most drivers some time to get used to. A CD stereo system is standard and some of the optional features include leather seat surfaces, a six-disc CD changer, and satellite radio.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Vibe has a 126-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission. While fuel efficient, it lacks power, even for a compact. It struggles while merging onto fast-moving highways and high-speed passing might not be easy to do. The ride is relatively smooth at lower speeds, and it is easy to maneuver. Visibility could be better, the smaller rear windows limit side-rear visibility somewhat but not to the point where parking or switching lanes is hampered. The Vibe is a convenient vehicle for city commuters and anyone trying to save on gas; it is not a performance-oriented vehicle, however.
Optional safety features on the 2007 Pontiac Vibe include electronic stability, anti-lock brakes, side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pontiac Vibe: 26/33 mpg city/highway
- Fuel efficiency
- Optional side curtain airbags
- Optional stability system
- Roomy for a compact
- Convenient city driving
You Won't Like
- Engine power
- Instrument panel layout
- ABS only optional
Affordable, fuel efficient, and comfortable, but lacks in power.
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