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2009 Pontiac Vibe Review

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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.

To prepare this review of the 2009 Pontiac Vibe, the experienced auto enthusiasts at TheCarConnection.com read what other critics has to say. Then TheCarConnection.com's editors included firsthand information when possible to provide the best advice to shoppers.

A complete redesign, along with an expanded safety-feature list and more power from a newly available 158-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is the big news in the 2009 Pontiac Vibe. The base engine is still a 1.8-liter four making 132 horsepower, but the all-wheel-drive and GT models come with the more powerful engine.

Both engines come with a five-speed manual transmission, but a four-speed automatic is optional with the 1.8-liter and a five-speed auto on the 2.4-liter. The all-wheel-drive system that's available on the 2009 Pontiac Vibe is a new electronically controlled system that can send up to 60 percent of power to the rear wheels and now includes the 2.4-liter engine. Fuel efficiency is good, especially with the 1.8-liter engine, which returns ratings as high as 26 mpg city, 32 mpg highway with the manual transmission.

On the outside, the previous Vibe's "ribbed" design has been replaced with smooth sheetmetal. The new look extends to the interior of the 2009 Pontiac Vibe, which is a bit more upscale than the previous Vibe and slightly roomier for passengers, though a little tighter for cargo. Several storage cubbies allow space for odds and ends, and there are now a total of eight cup holders. The Vibe can carry up to five people, though space in the backseat isn't tremendously roomy; four average-sized adults will fit just fine, and the 60/40-split seat folds forward flat to expand the cargo area. And it's easier for the driver to get situated; telescopic steering adjustment is now standard across the line.

The 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT is especially well equipped; it includes a 320-watt Monsoon sound system, plus various sporty styling cues, fog lamps, and a chrome exhaust tip. A rear cargo organizer is offered on all but the base model.

The Vibe has a very extensive list of safety features, considering its low price. All Vibes include front side airbags, side curtain bags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control. The federal government has tested the 2009 Pontiac Vibe, but only in side-impact protection, and it earned five stars for the front-seat occupants but four stars in back.

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Friday, April 22, 2016
2010 Pontiac Vibe 4-Door HB FWD w/1SA

+Why did GM stop making their best car ever? Or was that Toyota?

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My Vibe can pull a 1500 load with no trouble. I will have a hard time replacing this fine car. I put a strut brace on the front and this car is almost rally ready. GM got it right with this car then wants us... + More »
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Thursday, May 26, 2016
2008 Pontiac Vibe 4-Door HB

The Swiss-Folding Knife of Cars

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a small station wagon with unsurpassed utility. I put everything from household furniture to an old 36-inch non-flat screen TV into the back, and it swallows everything ! I get 28 miles to the gallon on... + More »
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
For 2006 Pontiac Vibe

best car i have ever bought

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i still have the vibe,i have 197,000 on it and still going strong,no major problem handles like a sport car,carrys large loads of luggage no problem. i stillaverage 30 miles to a gallon with all around... + More »
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