Best Bet
(4.7) 46 reviews
MSRP: $4,038$11,042
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 23-29
Engine: 158-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
2009 Pontiac Vibe

Our Take on the 2009 Pontiac Vibe

Our Take

Hatchbacks have become increasingly popular lately, and Pontiac has a new version of its Vibe that's set to join the mix when it hits dealerships in the early part of 2008. The Vibe wears new exterior styling and also receives interior revisions. Available in either front- or all-wheel-drive... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Brake pedal's spongy feel
  • Flat, firm backseat cushioning
  • Cheapo air conditioning controls
  • Grocery bags slide around on plastic cargo floor
  • Gas mileage for AWD model

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2009
  • Newly optional 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional AWD


Our Expert Reviews

With all this talk of financial bailouts for Detroit, those car companies have been the subject of a great deal of criticism. Some has been fair, some hasn't.High on the list of unfair: Critics who insist that companies such as General Motors simply don't build any sensible, dependable, thrifty-minded cars like the Japanese manufacturers do.That's wrong. Exhibit A is the 2009 Pon... Read full review for the 2009 Pontiac Vibe

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Consumer Reviews


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Best Car I've Ever Owned!

by LuvmyVibe! from KS on November 17, 2010

I recently traded in my 2006 Chevy Cobalt SS for a more practical Pontiac Vibe GT. I needed an economical 4-door car and liked the idea of a hatchback, similar styling of an SUV without the higher gas... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 8 recalls for this car.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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