2007 Pontiac Vibe

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2007 Pontiac Vibe Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Pontiac Vibe was new.

The Vibe offers a striking exterior design, a long list of standard convenience features and cargo space that's both abundant and versatile. Best of all, the Vibe is co-produced by Toyota, and is thus expected to maintain a similarly high level of reliability. Even so, a sluggish and noisy powertrain, combined with generally uncomfortable seats, detract from its overall appeal. If you're in the market for an affordable wagon, you should also consider the Subaru Impreza Wagon and Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive standard features and interior finish
  • Abundant and versatile cargo room
  • Eye-catching exterior design
  • Inclusion of many reliable Toyota components
  • Anti-lock brakes don't come standard
  • Powertrain provides sluggish acceleration
  • Seats are generally uncomfortable
  • Side air bags don't come standard

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Pontiac Vibe has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 39 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 7.9
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2007 Pontiac Vibe Overview

The 2007 Pontiac Vibe is praised for its unique exterior/interior design and lengthy list of standard convenience features. Moreover, its large and flexible cargo room and expected level of reliability impress reviewers. Nevertheless, significant powertrain and seat-comfort woes need to be taken into consideration before purchasing a Vibe. Even so, MSN reports that it's "a worthwhile small hatchback/wagon."

Despite being more fuel-efficient than the average sport wagon, the Vibe's sluggish and loud four-cylinder engine and standard five-speed manual transmission leave many auto writers unimpressed. "On the road, the Vibe's engine loves to rev, and needs to, as it doesn't have a lot of pulling power," says the Orlando Sentinel. Regardless of misgivings about the engine, most reviewers agree that the Vibe offers a very distinctive and eye-catching design. "The Vibe comes off looking like the result of a union between the homecoming king and queen: It's attractive, versatile, functional and well-conceived," says Edmunds.

Inside, the Vibe is just as attractive -- and praised for its long list of standard convenience features and overall fit and finish. "We like the Vibe's interior, with its simple, easy-to-follow center stack and instrument panel," says Automobile Magazine. While its airy interior and versatile cargo space astound, reviewers find its seats to be generally uncomfortable and only adequate for four adults.

The 2007 Pontiac Vibe's safety scores are competitive -- but it does much better when equipped with optional side air bags. Because the Vibe is the result of a joint venture between General Motors (GM) and Toyota, drivers can be generally assured of its reliability. "The Vibe has proven Toyota components and is an attractive alternative to a compact wagon or sport ute," says MSN. The Vibe rides on the same platform as the Toyota Matrix and the Toyota Corolla.

For a crossover vehicle/wagon, many reviewers agree that the 2007 Pontiac Vibe is reasonably priced. Though Consumer Guide claims that "with [its] discontinuation of the all-wheel-drive model for 2007, Vibe loses much of its appeal as an alternative to a compact SUV," it concedes that its "main assets" remain "good utility and fuel economy, and Toyota-reliable engineering." IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Pontiac Vibe a rating of "Excellent" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership compared to other vehicles in its class.


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