If we (the American car-buying public) continue to shun SUVS, the next logical step down in size are the crossovers. Almost everyone that bought an SUV didn’t need a vehicle that large, and now the question is whether buyers now believe they need something the size of a crossover. I am testing a crossover right now, and believe me, it’s still a very large vehicle.
More: http://www.autosavant.com/2008/08/21/2009-pontiac-vibe-awd-review/Combine the looks and the driving experience of the Pontiac Vibe and you have a blend that makes its personality strictly dullsville. However, there’s nothing wrong with being a solid citizen that eschews flash; and on the plus side, this car just oozes dependability, and a distinct lack of fussiness. With the AWD, it also provides a high measure of security in inclement weather conditions. Solid citizen, indeed.
Since it is August as I write this, there is no snow available to take the Vibe AWD through, but there are muddy unpaved roads in certain areas around where I live. The Vibe acquitted itself in these “soft-road” conditions and cleaned up pretty nice afterward as well. This kind of AWD vehicle is in its element in light snow or heavy rain on a paved road, and if you really need something to tackle real off-road conditions, then the Pontiac Vibe is not for you. That said, something like the Pontiac Vibe is perfect for most drivers who live where it snows; those who drive to work or on errands in bad weather some number of months out of every year.