Friday, September 19, 2008

Who says American car companies can't make affordable, functional vehicles that are fun to drive.Pontiac has done just that with the 2009 Vibe GT.This upright, compact sport wagon is a great family vehicle that also can show its cool side. If you don't want the "soccer mom or dad" label stuck to you, but you still need something practical to haul the kids around in, you've got to check this out.Not only is it practical and fun to drive, but it gets terrific gas mileage and is very reasonably priced.Also, even if you don't consider yourself a fan of wagon-type vehicles (which I often am not), you have to appreciate the sporty looks this one has.It is similar to the Toyota Matrix, but is even a little jazzier.On the inside, it has an unbelievably spacious cabin, with elevated seating that gives you the vantage point that you might enjoy from an SUV.You can do like I did and pack the kids in for a trip to the beach, and you'll be quite comfortable.And you'll have plenty of space for your baggage.I'll get to the facts now, and then you tell me what you think - is this a car you would consider buying?


*2.4-liter four-cylinder engine

*Five-speed manual transmission

*OnStar safe and sound service plan

*AM/FM stereo, with CD player and XM satellite radio (first three months' subscription included)

*Fuel economy: 21 mpg city, 28 highway (EPA figures)

*Leather accented seats


*Price as tested: $20,595

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