Continued at link http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080319/OPINION03/803190314/1127/SPORTS0102Spring begins precisely at 1:48 a.m. Thursday.
We've shuddered at the lion's roar announcing March's arrival, and now we can almost taste the minted rack of lamb served up upon its departure. Out of all the months of the year, March leaves the worst first impression. But if you give it a few weeks -- and try the green suds halfway through -- things will be looking up before you know it.
The 2009 Pontiac Vibe is the March of new cars. (Without the hangover on the 18th.)
My first impression of the overhauled Vibe was, "OK, another front-wheel compact wagon with a beltline higher than a gaggle of retired men in chest high Sansabelt slacks."
The windows look too small and there's the a useless porthole overlooking the storage area.
The Vibe's 16-inch tires are gobbled up by giant Pac Man-mouthed wheel wells -- swallowing three-quarters of each tire. Big slabs of metal give the car a chunky, oversized appearance. The exterior panels are stamped in "husky" size. And "husky" is rarely complimentary.
The Vibe is too big for a hatchback but too small for a wagon. So, what is it?
A pretty good car. The Vibe may feel a little blustery at the beginning, kind of like March, but after a few days, you start to like it. By the end of the week in my test vehicle, I was chirping approval like a returning Kirtland's warbler. The Vibe is comfortable, quick and provides plenty of utility with some special storage features and a roomy interior.