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Segment: Crossover

The Pontiac Vibe was a compact 4-door hatchback with a sporty styling.

It offered lots of versatility due to the powerful engines available, along with impressive cargo space and great fuel consumption.

Larger than the model introduced in 2003, the crossover-like hatchback was taller than many other cars and still drove like a sedan, with a good precise steering and a good suspension.

The profile of the Vibe got us thinking about a coupe shape, due to the rising belt line and the sloping roof line, but it was still a 4-door wagon.

The Vibe was also available in a GT trim level and had a more aggressive look with the roof spoiler, the large fog lamps, the lower intake ducts and the polished exhaust tips.

An all-wheel-drive system was also available and was mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox only, unlike the front-wheel-drive that could be mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox as well.

Inside the cabin of the Vibe were high quality plastics, although the design was not out of the ordinary and was nothing luxurious.

The trunk space could be extended by folding all seats besides the driver’s. All seats were folding flat to ease carrying long items.

The standard features on the Vibe included ABS, traction control, 6 airbags and the On-Star system that included automatic crash notification and stolen vehicle location assistance.

The most basic model had a price of around $16.000 and could go up to $20.000 for the most equipped Vibe.

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PONTIAC Vibe 2008 - 2010
  5 gasoline engines
  • 1.8 DOHC 4AT (130 HP)
  • 1.8 DOHC 5MT (130 HP)
  • 2.4 DOHC 5AT (160 HP)
  • 2.4 DOHC 5AT AWD (160 HP)
  • 2.4 DOHC 5MT (160 HP)
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PONTIAC Vibe Brochure

PONTIAC Vibe 1.8 DOHC 4AT (130 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8 DOHC 4AT (130 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1794 cm3
Power
96 KW @ 6000 RPM
130 HP @ 6000 RPM
129 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
128 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
174 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Vented Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P205/55R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.1 in (4346 mm)
Width
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Height
61 in (1549 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.9 in (1,519/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
102.4 in (2601 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.7 in (170 mm)
Cargo Volume
20.1 cuFT (569 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2723 lbs (1235 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3616 lbs (1640 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Highway
31 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
Combined
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
U.S. Spec

PONTIAC Vibe 1.8 DOHC 5MT (130 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8 DOHC 5MT (130 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1794 cm3
Power
96 KW @ 6000 RPM
130 HP @ 6000 RPM
129 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
128 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
174 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Vented Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P205/55R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.1 in (4346 mm)
Width
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Height
61 in (1549 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.9 in (1,519/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
102.4 in (2601 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.7 in (170 mm)
Cargo Volume
20.1 cuFT (569 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2701 lbs (1225 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3594 lbs (1630 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Highway
32 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Combined
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
U.S. Spec

PONTIAC Vibe 2.4 DOHC 5AT (160 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4 DOHC 5AT (160 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2362 cm3
Power
118 KW @ 6000 RPM
160 HP @ 6000 RPM
158 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
162 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
220 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Vented Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P205/55R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.1 in (4346 mm)
Width
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Height
61 in (1549 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.9 in (1,519/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
102.4 in (2601 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.7 in (170 mm)
Cargo Volume
20.1 cuFT (569 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2998 lbs (1360 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3880 lbs (1760 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
Highway
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
U.S. Spec

PONTIAC Vibe 2.4 DOHC 5AT AWD (160 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4 DOHC 5AT AWD (160 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2362 cm3
Power
118 KW @ 6000 RPM
160 HP @ 6000 RPM
158 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
162 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
220 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Vented Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P205/55R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.1 in (4346 mm)
Width
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Height
61 in (1549 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.9 in (1,519/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
102.4 in (2601 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.7 in (170 mm)
Cargo Volume
20.1 cuFT (569 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3296 lbs (1495 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4189 lbs (1900 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
26 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Combined
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
U.S. Spec

PONTIAC Vibe 2.4 DOHC 5MT (160 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4 DOHC 5MT (160 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2362 cm3
Power
118 KW @ 6000 RPM
160 HP @ 6000 RPM
158 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
162 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
220 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Vented Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P205/55R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.1 in (4346 mm)
Width
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Height
61 in (1549 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.9 in (1,519/1,521 mm)
Wheelbase
102.4 in (2601 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.7 in (170 mm)
Cargo Volume
20.1 cuFT (569 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2974 lbs (1349 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3856 lbs (1749 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
Highway
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
U.S. Spec
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