The vibe has been great. I have driven it about 2000 miles since purchase and have had no major concerns. However, as it is not perfect I will still include a list of pros and cons.
-sleek, modern styling
-reasonable responsive performance(with 2.4L engine option)
-Driver-selectable gear range further increases responsiveness
-HUGE cargo capacity for such a small car. The rear seats can fold down creating a cavernous interior.
-steering wheel is too far away(can't move seat closer or pedals are too close)(for reference, I am 5'11")
-armrests are tiny and inconveniently located
-inadequate lumbar support
The cons are all related to comfort. However, not one of them is enough to cause me to regret my purchase. The comfort issues only really become an issue on longer drives (over an hour).
The car drives very well and has great performance for the price. The 5-speed transmission and electronic stability control are big plusses.
2008 Pontiac VibeR Rodriguez - Corpus Christi, TX01/27/2016
Great car. Made by Pontiac but toyota drivetrain. Drives very nice, sporty and lots of benefits. Have a full size truck but find myself using my Pontiac vibe more and more because of the hatchback and fold down rear seats. My dogs love riding in it especially with the rear seats down. Driver's seat sits like I'm in my truck not like a car. With my back issues I'm able to get in and out comfortably and enjoy the ride.
2008 Torrent GXP
2008 Pontiac TorrentTM - Chicago, IL12/08/2009
Have driven this car for 2 months now. Acceleration is very strong (264 hp). Not quite used to the 6-speed auto trans yet, car tends to shift a lot more than I'm used to, but I'm sure I will get used to it. Love the styling and performance. Handles like a sports car, yet has the functionality of a small SUV. Interior does not have a cheap feeling, but not luxurious either. Very easy to park and has good vision out of the rear windows. Signature Pontiac "growl" heard from the exhaust. Getting about 22-23 mpg with 70% hwy/30% city driving. If 100% hwy, could probably get upper 20's mpg. Haven't driven in snow yet.
Positive features: rear split bench seats that fold down and the bench can move forward or backward to provide either more cargo room or leg room for rear passengers, styling, 264 HP provides a lot of power, 18" wheels, Pioneer stereo, attractive in and out
Negative features: poor design of personal storage on and near the dash for cell phone, coins, or other small personal items, cargo net supports are placed next to the rear door and not near the center of the cargo area where it could be more functional
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