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Segment: Crossover
Production years: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Pontiac Vibe was the result of a common project between General Motors and Toyota. It was the most fuel-efficient GM car in North America until 2008.

General Motors offered a partnership to Toyota in 1984 in its Californian factory. The result was known as NUUMI (New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.). It was a factory that lost money for both partners until 2009 when it was shut down by Toyota after GM pulled back due to the closing of the Pontiac brand.

Based on the same platform with the Corolla, the Vibe was the twin brother of the Matrix with which it shared most of the components. The design was a mix between Toyota's angular styling to the newly discovered cross-over segment. The front fascia was with the characteristic Pontiac elements. But the side windows were closer to the Corolla Verso.

Inside, the Vibe featured a high seating position, like in an SUV. The instrument cluster was arranged with four chromed dials. The high-mounted audio system offered as standard was a CD-radio, with an option for a 6-CD in-dash audio system. A DVD-based navigation system was on the options list.

In the rear, the bench was foldable, forming a completely flat floor. Even the front passenger seat could have been folded to extend the loading area up to 8 feet long (2.44 m). A 110 V power outlet was included in the dashboard, which was good for camping.

The Vibe was offered with a choice of engines from Toyota. It was available with a 5- or 6-speed manual. A 4-speed auto was on the options list, depending on the engine version.

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PONTIAC Vibe 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.8L VVTL-i 4AT AWD (125 HP)
  • 1.8L VVTL-i 5MT (130 HP)
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PONTIAC Vibe 1.8L VVTL-i 4AT AWD (125 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L VVTL-i 4AT AWD (125 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1795 cm3
Power
92 KW @ 6000 RPM
125 HP @ 6000 RPM
123 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
118 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
160 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
110 mph (177 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.9 in (4366 mm)
Width
69.9 in (1775 mm)
Height
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.6/58.9 in (1,514/1,496 mm)
Wheelbase
102.4 in (2601 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.3 cuFT (547 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2976 lbs (1350 kg)

PONTIAC Vibe 1.8L VVTL-i 5MT (130 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L VVTL-i 5MT (130 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1795 cm3
Power
97 KW @ 6000 RPM
130 HP @ 6000 RPM
130 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
125 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
169 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.9 in (4366 mm)
Width
69.9 in (1775 mm)
Height
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.6/58.9 in (1,514/1,496 mm)
Wheelbase
102.4 in (2601 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.3 cuFT (547 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2976 lbs (1350 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
29.8 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)
Highway
39.9 mpg US (5.9 L/100Km)
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