Review: 2006 Pontiac Vibe

The Manufacturer

The Vibe comes with a standard three-year/36,000-mile warranty, with a six-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion policy. Pontiac offers 24-hour roadside assistance during the warranty period--an upscale feature for this basic car.

A compact yet versatile package with Pontiac flair and Toyota dependability.

What's Hot

  • Sharp looks
  • Intelligent interior packaging
  • Lots of available features

    What's Not

  • Lack of power
  • Spartan base model
  • Too many options packages

    For 2006, Pontiac is offering a number of changes to the available options packages. There's a sport package that offers 16-inch aluminum wheels and a monochromatic appearance; a premium package that incorporates leather seating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel; and a security package that adds OnStar and anti-lock brakes to the base model.

    The Power Group Value Package is important as it brings a whole host of convenience features not available elsewhere in the lineup. Side-curtain airbags are another key option, while the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system also makes a lot of sense. If you live in the Snow Belt, all-wheel drive is definitely a consideration, even though it emasculates an already low-powered engine.

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