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2006 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback - Overview

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$16,430 – $20,105 MSRP

$15,526 – $18,999 Invoice

25 / 31 MPG City/Hwy

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Power Circle Ratings

Overall Quality 2.0

Overall Performance and Design 2.0

Overall Dependability 5.0

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2006 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback

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Overview

What's New
There are very few changes for Pontiac's hatchback, the Vibe, for 2006, and all involve new options or paint color. New options include a sound system with MP3 playback; a Sport Package with 16-inch wheels and a 6-disc CD changer; a Premium Package with leather seats; a Security Package with OnStar telematics, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and tire-pressure monitors; and a new exterior color, Stealth Gray Metallic.

Overview
Pontiac launched its compact hatchback, the Vibe, as an all-new model for 2003. The car was developed in conjunction with the Toyota Matrix. Both are five-door hatchbacks with versatile interiors and some interesting features, such as a 115-volt power outlet for plugging in standard household electrical appliances. Pontiac says the Vibe's styling is bold and contemporary, while incorporating Pontiac's athletic wide-track stance.

What sets the Vibe apart from many other entry-level sedans are its hatchback architecture and its interior features. The front passenger's seat folds flat to lengthen the cargo floor to hold items up to eight feet in length. Pontiac notes that the Vibe also is wired for modern living. The front console has a standard 115-volt power outlet with a wall-type plug. Laptop computers, cell phone chargers, air compressors, and countless other electrical products can be used without adapters. Passengers can even send and check wireless e-mail from the Vibe. There is also a 12-volt power outlet on the instrument panel.

The Vibe is available in three trim levels-base, GT and AWD (all-wheel drive). The base and AWD versions draw power from a 130-hp, 1.8L four-cylinder engine. The base model is available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission; the AWD gets the automatic. The Vibe GT has a higher-performance version of the 1.8L engine that generates 170 hp that feeds the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. The GT also has four-wheel disc brakes, while the base and AWD versions have drum brakes on the rear wheels. Front air bags are standard equipment. Side curtain air bags are available as an option. The Vibe also offers XM Satellite Radio, a new optional ETR AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, and a seven-speaker Monsoon system with integrated subwoofer that is part of the Sun and Sound Package. XM Satellite Radio provides entertainment and information including advanced traffic and weather for selected major metropolitan areas. Available OnStar Gen 6 provides the ultimate in driving peace of mind with hands-free capability and digital and analog coverage.

The Competition
The Pontiac Vibe competes in the Compact Conventional segment, which comprises 18 entry-level sedans and hatchbacks and thus is an extremely competitive set where price and features-especially entertainment and safety-are crucial factors.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the segment is dominated by the Honda Civic (308,415 sales in 2005), Toyota Corolla (244,032), Chevrolet Cobalt (212,667), and Ford Focus (184,825). Other top sellers (sales greater than 90,000 in 2005) include the Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Jetta, Saturn Ion, Mazda 3, and Toyota Matrix. Pontiac sold 64,271 Vibes in 2005, ranking the model 12th on the sales chart.

Available Trims for the 2006 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Base 5 speed manual $16,430 126-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 30/36
GT 6 speed manual $20,105 164-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl 25/32

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