2009 Pontiac Vibe vs. Its Competition

2009 Pontiac Vibe GT
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Toyota Matrix is very similar to the Pontiac Vibe.

The Mazda 3 has a stiffer ride, and its cabin allows more road noise.

The Kia Spectra5 is a bit perkier and more fun to drive, but like the Mazda 3, it doesn't have available all-wheel drive.

AWD is standard on the Subaru Impreza, which is more expensive and isn't as roomy or fuel-efficient.

However, the Impreza has an attractive interior design for the hatchback and a torquey horizontally opposed engine, along with better safety ratings (the Impreza is an IIHS Top Safety Pick).

Electronic stability control is standard on the Matrix, but not available on any of these other models.

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The small-hatchback competition is growing, but with a new look, upgraded powertrains, and bolstered safety features, the new 2009 Pontiac Vibe should be a top choice.
7.6
Can't make up your mind between coupe, sedan, or SUV? The versatile, economical, and safe 2009 Toyota Matrix might be the solution.
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The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From  
$16,100$16,290$13,895
Gas Mileage  
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas L4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Compact Passenger CarSmall Station WagonCompact
Style Name  
4-Door HB FWD w/1SA5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (GS)4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Compact Car5 Door Wagon4 Door Sedan
Transmission  
ManualManualManual w/OD