2009 Pontiac Vibe Photo
Quick Take
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. Read more »
Decision Guide
Opinions from around the Web

Sporty styling...cool looking interior

Edmunds »

Fresh and invigorating

Detroit News »

More conventional roofline—yet still appears sporty

Car and Driver »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$16,100 $20,875
4-Door HB FWD w/1SA
Gas Mileage 26 mpg City/32 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas L4, 1.8L
EPA Class Compact Passenger Car
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
See Detailed Specs »
8.0 out of 10
Browse Pontiac Vibe inventory in your area.


The Basics:

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.


  • Torquey 2.4-liter engine provides good power in AWD and GT
  • Commendable fuel economy
  • Roomy hatchback body style
  • Extensive list of safety features


  • Difficult visibility due to wide rear pillar
  • Quite small cargo area with backseats up
Next: Interior / Exterior »
Other Choices Read More
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

© 2016 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by Internet Brands Automotive Group. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Read Our Cookie Policy.