Pontiac launched its entry-level Vibe hatchback wagon as an early 2003 model. Styled by Pontiac and engineered by Toyota, the Vibe is produced at a Toyota/General Motors joint-venture facility in Fremont, Calif. The Vibe is related to Toyota's Matrix.
Like other small crossover models, the Vibe combines some features of a sports car, a sport wagon and a sport utility vehicle. That sounds like a lot of sportiness, and the Vibe leans in that direction because Pontiac has long been positioned as the sportiest member of GM's divisions.
Available only in front-wheel-drive base form for 2007, the Vibe gains one new exterior color — Wave Blue — and a cargo cover is optional.
With a sleek wedge profile and short overhangs, the Vibe displays basic styling cues that suggest an SUV. A slight resemblance to the company's controversial and now-defunct Aztek may be noted, but the Vibe is considerably less radical.
Tapering side windows are reminiscent of the Ford Focus wagon. The distinctive roofline has an integrated roof rack. The front fascia has a twin-port grille and recessed fog lamps.
The Vibe measures 171.9 inches long, stands 62.2 inches tall and has a 102.4-inch wheelbase. Standard wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, but 17-inch wheels are available.
The Vibe can seat five occupants; it was designed to have a spacious interior within its compact shape. Both the front passenger seat and the 60/40-split rear seat fold flat, creating a level load floor for cargo up to 8 feet long. When the backseat is folded down, cargo space behind the front row totals 54.1 cubic feet. Leather seating surfaces are optional.
Chrome-trimmed gauges in the driver-oriented cockpit feature the traditional red Pontiac backlighting. Chrome tie-downs are installed, and a CD stereo is standard. An in-dash six-CD changer and XM Satellite Radio are optional.
Under the Hood
The 2007 Vibe features a 126-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that teams with a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic.
Antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact and side curtain airbags, and GM's OnStar communication system are optional.