2008 Pontiac Vibe vs. Its Competition

2008 Pontiac Vibe
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

There are few vehicles of a similar size to the 2008 Pontiac Vibe that offer such versatility and usable interior space.

Other than the closely related Toyota Matrix, the Scion xB is another possibility.

Its boxy body affords an impressive amount of space, while offering good fuel efficiency.

Along more conventional lines, the Kia Spectra5 is an economical five-door hatchback model that's definitely more fun to drive than the Vibe, though it might not be as spacious inside.

The Dodge Caliber also competes in this class; it offers impressive features, such as tailgate speakers, but it has a rather loud interior and isn't as comfortable.

And if you're willing to go up a little bit in size, the Subaru Forester might fit your needs.

It's more of a sport-utility vehicle, but it's small with the most carlike driving position, and it's one of the best handling and easiest to park among them.

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Quick Specs
7.2
With especially reliable Toyota bones and a style that's still quite fresh after five years, the 2008 Pontiac Vibe is worth a look.
8.0
It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
7.6
The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
7.0
The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
MSRP From   
$16,855$19,995$15,750$14,965
Gas Mileage   
26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas L4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Compact Passenger Car4WD Sport UtilitySmall Station WagonMid-size
Style Name   
4-Door HB4-Door Manual X5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)4-Door HB SE FWD
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Compact Car4 Door4 Door WagonHatchback
Transmission   
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual