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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2003 Pontiac Vibe Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2003 Pontiac Vibe Overview

Pontiac Vibe: The Reincarnation of the 60's Safari Sport Wagon

The Vibe is going to be a hot seller for Pontiac, drawing younger, foreign-car buyers back to American showrooms. Everything about the Vibe deserves applause—as does the design team that created it. The look is muscular, fun, and unmistakably Pontiac. With the Vibe, the potential for after-market mischief is extremely high. A bonus for the Vibe it that it shares much of its hardware with Toyota's new Matrix and is actually built at the joint GM-Toyota facility in California.

Under that sharp skin lies a 1.8-liter, variable-valve timing engine that produces 130-horsepower. This engine will not make the Vibe a barn-burner, but it can move it comfortably down the highway while returning very respectable fuel mileage figures (27/32). Unfortunately, at this time the base Vibe is available only with an automatic transmission; on the bright side, it can also be ordered with all-wheel drive and on the really bright side, a GT model will be joining the line-up. The GT features a 180-horsepower 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, a combination that will almost certainly require PT Cruisers to stay out of the left lane.

Open the driver's door and you will find a fully-functional dash with brushed-aluminum accents and aluminum trim rings surrounding each instrument pod. Seats are firm with good side bolstering and lower thigh support necessary for long trips. The entertainment selections are wide ranging, including a killer 200-watt Monsoon sound system. The designers even went so far as to include a 110-volt outlet in the dash, allowing passengers to plug-in any device ordinarily reserved for home use. The option list continues with ABS, seat-mounted side airbags, keyless entry and the OnStar system.

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