I don't know what's different on the inside, but underneath they are the
same... all Toyota running parts. But, assuming you are comparing similar
trim levels, the Vibe actually costs more than the Matrix (before you figure
in discounts). Take a look at these (from autos.msn.com)
2005 Pontiac Vibe MSRP - $17,130 - $20,455
2005 Toyota Matrix MSRP - $14,860 - $18,850
Prices for 2006 will probably be a bit higher for both. Now I don't know if
the Vibe has been eligible for that desperate "employee pricing" discounting
that the big 3 have promoted this year. If it was, then perhaps the price
you saw for a Vibe was a discounted price (this promotion ends this week).
Of course, you can probably negotiate a bit off the price of a Matrix.
Also, although the basic warranty for both is 3 years/36,000 miles, the
Matrix has a longer powertrain warranty than the Vibe (from autos.msn.com):
Matrix - 6 years/60,000 miles
Vibe - 3 years/36,000 miles
If you trade up every few years, the Matrix, despite a slightly lower price,
still has higher resale value. It loses a lower percentage of its original
value each year than Vibe does.
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