Pontiac Vibe Origins
General Motors added the five-door hatchback Pontiac Vibe to its lineup in 2003. GM created the car, but it contained Toyota parts and assembly standards. General Motors invested time into equipping the Vibe with features attractive to a younger audience. The carmaker also created buzz among the younger generation by inviting potential buyers on the Internet to request names for the Vibe’s colors: Lava, Envy, and Satellite.
With Toyota’s parts and powertrain, and General Motors behind the concept, the Pontiac Vibe was well-received by the auto industry. The sport wagon boasted features of SUVs, station wagons, and small vans while still maintaining a stylish facade. As a five-door hatchback, it offered practicality, and as a sport wagon, it appealed to a younger demographic and car buyers who valued fun, compact cars with a little extra cargo room.
General Motors manufactured the first Pontiac Vibe for the 2003 model year. The vehicle remained relatively the same with moderate adjustments until the 2009 model year when Pontiac revealed the second generation Vibe. With only minor adjustments to the 2010 model year, General Motors discontinued manufacturing the Vibe and put an end to the Pontiac brand.About the Pontiac Vibe
The Pontiac Vibe received acclaim for its marriage of General Motors brains with Toyota guts. The Vibe also included a long list of standard features, such as air-conditioning, dual front airbags, CD stereo, tinted windows, and a roomy interior.
General Motors considered the younger generation when it designed the Pontiac Vibe. The car had an innovative cargo system and an electrical outlet for laptop or video game usage. In addition, the Pontiac Vibe scored high marks for fuel economy and was known as a reliable vehicle.
The Pontiac Vibe was also an affordable option for the budget-minded consumer. Starting at $16,900, the base model housed a 130-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and 16-inch steel wheels. Though it was categorized as a wagon, the car did not take on the stigma of the "frumpy station wagon." The hatchback appealed to a broader market and emanated a sporty style.
The Pontiac Vibe scored five out of five stars for frontal and front-seat side impacts in government crash testing and received a "Good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.Pontiac Vibe Features
A practical, compact hatchback, the 2010 Pontiac Vibe remained unchanged for the 2009 model year when it received a complete makeover. Buyers were concerned about the Vibe’s resale value since General Motors was in the midst of restructuring. Pontiac left the assembly line after the 2010 Vibe was manufactured.
The 2010 Pontiac Vibe shared interior and mechanical components with the Toyota Matrix, yet remained unique with its exterior styling and trademark dual-grille design. The vehicle came in two trim levels: base and GT. The equipment levels varied depending on the drivetrain. The base model offered standard features, such as five-speed transmission, a 1.8-liter engine, 16-inch wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, power mirrors, CD audio system with satellite radio, and an auxiliary audio jack. Buyers who requested the all-wheel-drive model enjoyed a 158-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine and a sportier independent rear suspension.
The GT trim level included a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, Monsoon audio, power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and seating, and a shift knob. Buyers who opted for the Preferred Package could enjoy some of the features of the GT model, including keyless entry, full power accessories, and cruise control. Additional packages added a sunroof, the GT’s audio system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The base Pontiac Vibe had a fuel economy of 26 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The fuel economy dropped to 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway with the 2.4-liter engine. Safety features included OnStar, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and stability control. Pontiac Vibe Evolution
The first generation of Pontiac Vibes arrived on the scene for the 2003 model year. This affordable, sporty compact wagon housed a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine and included innovative features with plenty of cargo room.
For the 2004 model year, Pontiac added all-season tires to the 17-inch aluminum wheels and XM radio as an available option. In 2005, Pontiac added a slew of options, such as programmable power locks, tire-pressure monitor, leather seating, side curtain airbags, stability control, and OnStar.
Pontiac made minor changes to the vehicle for the 2006 and 2007 model years, with changes affecting the trim levels. In 2007, the car remained the same until 2008 when the Vibe received a complete makeover to its styling and performance.