Pontiac Vibe

Was just in California and had a Pontiac Vibe as our rental.

Overall, very nice car, but a couple minor things. The biggest was the steering wheel position. Sitting comfortably for the pedals meant I was too far from the steering wheel. Driving for any length of time, and my arms would get sore.

Also, even for its class, it’s underpowered. Just a bit too much weight, plus the automatic transmission. I own a Civic with a manual transmission, and even though it isn’t a real quick car, it’s faster than the Vibe.

Visibility was ok, but like all hatch designs, there are a lot of big pillars that interfere with vision to the rear.

Great storage for a small car. I really like hatchbacks, and fortunately we’re starting to see more of them.