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2008 Pontiac Vibe
Avg. Price Paid:$7,986 - $7,986
Original MSRP: $16,855 - $16,855
MPG: 26 City / 33 Hwy
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2008 Pontiac Vibe Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Pontiac Vibe was new.

The Pontiac Vibe's cabin is one of the top-five, thanks to a roomy and well-designed interior, a long list of standard convenience features and versatile cargo room. Edmunds says the Vibe "well-assembled with none of the chintzy-looking (or feeling) controls that plague many nonpremium GM models."

Auto reviewers are generally pleased with the Vibe's interior design. "The interior -- possibly because it is made to Toyota rather than Pontiac standards -- is also beautifully crafted and peppered with clever details," says Automobile Magazine. About.com adds, "The thoughtful placement of the instruments and dials means no searching. Everything is right there where you want it in classic Japanese tradition."

Still, the Vibe's interior isn't without fault. Consumer Guide says the Vibe's control layout is "user-friendly," but also notes "smallish, deep-set gauges aren't easy to read." Moreover, the Washington Post, like many others, writes "the brightwork around the instrument clusters … is too bright, especially when the sun hits the ornamentations, sending blinding rays to the eyes."

Seating

The Vibe's seats aren't extraordinarily comfortable, but its high roofline allows for an abundant amount of headroom. "Headroom is immense," says About.com. MSN adds, "There's good room for four tall adults in the airy feeling interior." Despite being marketed as a five-passenger vehicle, most agree four passengers is ideal.

But the Vibe's front seats are not impressive. While the Chicago Sun-Times and the Orlando Sentinel both describe the front bucket seats as supportive, Consumer Guide says "seat comfort is nothing special." The Orlando Sentinel notes "some passengers found the front seats comfortable, some less so." Still, many concede that headroom is great. "Taller drivers will quite a bit enjoy the extra head room in the Vibe's front cabin compared to the typical sport wagon," says NewCars.com. In the front cabin, interior dimensions include 40.6 inches of headroom, 41.8 inches of legroom, 53.2 inches of shoulder room and 51.7 inches of hip room.

There's also little enthusiasm for the backseat's comfort level. According to the Orlando Sentinel, "Room in the rear seat isn't bad, given the size of the Vibe." Still, MSN writes "the rear seat isn't especially comfortable on long trips." In the rear cabin, interior dimensions include 39.8 inches of headroom, 36.3 inches of legroom, 52.6 inches of shoulder room and 47.8 inches of hip room.

Interior Features

Among the many standard interior features equipped on the Pontiac Vibe are front bucket seats with manual adjust, a flat-folding 60/40 split bench rear seat, armrest console, manual air conditioning with air filtration system, analog chrome-accented instrumentation, cargo lighting, manual day/night rearview mirror and a two-prong household-style 115V outlet "so a laptop or video game console can be plugged in," says AutoMedia.com. A four-speaker AM/FM stereo system with CD player is also standard.

One year of OnStar service is included with the purchase of many new Pontiac vehicles. Among the many services provided by OnStar are Fuel Station Location, Hands-Free Calling, Information/Convenience Services and Turn-by-Turn Navigation. Automotive.com reports, "OnStar works like a navigation system but there's nothing to program. Press the button and a live human responds, ready to give you directions, locate the nearest sushi bar or send flowers to your mom."

Cargo

The Vibe's cargo capacity is both abundant and versatile. With the Vibe's second row seats up, the Vibe has 19.3 cubic feet of cargo room. When folded down, cargo room is expanded to 54.1 cubic feet. Cars.com says, "Both the front passenger seat and the 60/40-split rear seat fold flat, creating a level load floor for cargo up to 8 feet long."

While Automotive.com says "the hard finish used in the cargo area makes for easy cleanup, great for dealing with muddy equipment or wet dogs," a reviewer at MSN writes, "I disliked how items laying on top of this plastic floor can rattle around if they're not fixed into place." In order to alleviate this problem, Pontiac equips every Vibe with a standard "storage package," which includes three cargo bins and an interior rear-track accessory system with eight tie-downs and eight chrome tie-down hooks.

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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