The Pontiac Vibe

The Sport-wagon style of vehicle became popular with the Subaru Outback that came on the market several years ago. Since then, many car manufactures have responded with similar models of different qualities. Pontiac came out with the Vibe a few years ago and has decided to bring it around for another go in 2009. Here is how it stacks up.

The Pontiac Vibe has been remodeled in 2009 to allow for better performance, more room, and a better look. This crossover model is basically an exact duplicate of the Toyota Matrix with just a few minor adjustments in suspension and interior design, but that is not such a bad thing. The Pontiac Vibe is the perfect mix of efficiency and performance, providing a wagon type of usability with a sporty style of performance. Some call it a tall and compact car, while others call it a sport wagon. Regardless of what you call it, it still does a great job of doing what it is supposed to do.

The Vibe comes in base, all wheel drive, and upgraded GT styles, but they all come with an upgraded 4 cylinder 2.4 Liter engine. Previously, the Pontiac Vibe has a 1.8 Liter 4 cylinder engine, but it was concluded to be inferior. This engine upgrade makes a big difference in terms of responsiveness and pickup, especially when the vehicle is loaded with passengers.

Pontiac has added a few new interior upgrades, such as better front seat travel and a telescoping steering wheel, which make the driving positions much more comfortable. They've also improved the quality and fit of the materials to really tailor towards the driver.

As for the rest of the car, Pontiac has included a 4 speaker stereo system, rear storage organizer, folding front passenger seat, and base 16" wheels. Most of these options can be upgraded and will be upgraded with the GT model, which comes with 18" wheels, and improved stereo system, cruise control, and upgraded interior components. The GT model is basically equipped like the All Wheel Drive version, only without the All Wheel Drive.

If you are looking to buy a safe vehicle, then you will be pleased to know that the Pontiac Vibe is On-Star capable, has Anti-Lock Disc Brakes, and full vehicle airbags. The base model of the Pontiac Vibe (2009) starts at around $16,000 and approaches $21,000 with the GT model. Most models get a fuel efficiency of approximately 22-28 miles per gallon.

If you are looking for a spacious, wagon style, vehicle that can get you where you need to go in style, then you might be interested in the Pontiac Vibe. The Vibe is a cheaper alternative to the very similar Toyota Matrix, but offers very similar pickup and speed. Although the economy is nowhere near that of a hybrid, it is still a very practical car when compared to a minivan or SUV. As for transporting the family, you will have plenty of room in this vehicle for people and cargo, so don't let the size fool you. This compact car is roomy enough for a family and sporty enough for dad.