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Pontiac Vibe

Pontiac Vibe side view
Pontiac Vibe angular front perspective
Pontiac Vibe angular rear perspective

Overview of the Pontiac Vibe

Learn about the Pontiac Vibe

Summary

With its eye-catching exterior, the Pontiac Vibe is a four-door that makes a strong style statement. This fuel-efficient model comes with manual transmission as standard, with automatic transmission as an option, and a choice of two four-cylinder engines. All packages come with front-wheel drive, but a Pontiac Vibe AWD system is available with select trim levels in the 2009 and 2010 generation, which is rare in this class. While production of this model ceased in 2010, the Vibe is a reliable compact car that is well-suited for families and offers practicality, exceptional cargo space and a striking design.

Safety

Standard features in all Pontiac Vibes include fog lamps and daytime running lights to ensure good visibility, as well as child safety locks. Driver and passenger airbags are also included, but side airbags aren’t standard in models produced before 2009. Other features that are optional in earlier variants but standard in cars since 2009 include:

  • Anti-lock braking system to help prevent skidding when you brake quickly
  • Traction control to keep the tires on the road on slippery surfaces
  • Electronic stability control to prevent swerving if the wheels lose traction

Interior

The Pontiac Vibe has a long list of available interior features, though most competitors come with more of these in their base models. Standard features for all Pontiac Vibes include:

  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear floor mats
  • Power mirrors that can be adjusted at the push of a button
  • Auxiliary power outlet
  • Power steering 
  • Vanity mirrors for driver and passenger (not with all convertibles)

Options available with higher trim levels and newer cars include power windows and door locks, as well as keyless entry and front reading lamps. In 2006, Pontiac offered leather seating with their new Premium package. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are available on cars produced from 2009 onwards when the Pontiac Vibe had a complete design overhaul. 

Technology

Across model years, the Pontiac Vibe comes with AM/FM radio, a CD player, an auxiliary input jack and a four-speaker stereo as standard. There is the option of upgrading to a premium sound system. Satellite radio and MP3 players are available with upper trim levels and newer vehicles. A hands-free communications system is included as standard with models produced from 2009 and is optional with some trim packages in older vehicles.

Space

The Pontiac Vibe is acclaimed for its large and versatile cargo area, which is one of the most spacious in its class. When the rear seats are folded down, the cargo space can compete with compact SUVs offering over 49 cubic feet. The Vibe seats up to five, though space is more adequate for four in older models—the roomier rear seats on cars produced from 2009 onward allow five passengers to sit more comfortably.

Comfort

Air conditioning is standard in all Pontiac Vibes in 2009. The loud four-cylinder engine can be disruptive to cabin comfort at high speeds. Some drivers find the cloth seats uncomfortable, but leather seats are available with the high-end GT trim. Rear seat heat ducts are available as standard for added comfort. Leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are an option with select trim levels. 

Pros and cons of the Pontiac Vibe

  • All-wheel drive trim available
  • Two engine choices, depending on model
  • Spacious passenger seating
  • Ceased production in 2010
  • Base engine lacks power
  • Wind and road noise can be intrusive
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Pontiac Vibe

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual or Automatic
  • City consumption8 - 10.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6.2 - 7.8 L/100km
  • Width1765 mm
  • Length4360 - 4380 mm
  • Trunk space569 L
  • Cargo space1399 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Pontiac Vibe

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Pontiac Vibe 2009 - 2010 is available in 2 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the Basic trim:
1.8 L - Gas - 132 hp
City consumption:8 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.2 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:694 - 695 km
2.4 L - Gas - 158 hp
City consumption:9.6 - 10.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 - 7.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:543 - 588 km

GT trim features and specs

Available with the GT trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GT trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the GT trim:
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the GT trim:
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Satellite radio
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the GT trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 158 hp
City consumption:9.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.2 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:587 - 588 km

Frequently asked questions about the Pontiac Vibe

Yes. General Motors and Toyota collaborated on the Pontiac Vibe, which comes with Toyota mechanics (including the engine).

Pontiac Vibes produced in 2009 are available with all-wheel drive systems, while older models only come with front-wheel drive.

The Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix have similar mechanical designs but use different safety equipment and components, so they are not identical.

The Pontiac Vibe is a four-door compact car with a station-wagon type body that, despite its smaller size, is still considered versatile.

Production of Pontiac Vibes ceased in 2009, so the only way to get one is by shopping for second-hand models.