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2010 Pontiac Vibe

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$2,766 — $10,814 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
23-29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Improved overall interior quality
  • Base engine's gas mileage
  • Low base price

The Bad

  • 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
2010 Pontiac Vibe exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2010 Pontiac Vibe
  • Available 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional AWD

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2010 Pontiac Vibe Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Available with either front- or all-wheel-drive, the Vibe is powered by one of two four-cylinder engines and is related to the Toyota Matrix. Competitors include the Kia Spectra5, Mazda3 and Subaru Impreza.

New for 2010
Air conditioning is now standard on all models.

Exterior
The Vibe was redesigned last year and, on the whole, is sleeker than its predecessor thanks to smooth body sides and bumper moldings. The grille features Pontiac’s characteristic twin-kidney design and is accentuated by a wide opening in the bumper right below it.

  • Clear-lens taillights
  • 16-inch wheels standard
  • 17- or 18-inch wheels optional
  • Liftgate-mounted spoiler standard

Interior
The Vibe can seat up to five people on front bucket seats and a three-person 60/40-split backseat. The Vibe has an unusual instrument cluster that features a round speedometer and tachometer, plus an elliptical housing for the fuel and engine temperature gauges.

  • Cloth seats standard
  • Leather accent seating standard on GT
  • 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats
  • 49.4 cubic feet of space with rear seats folded
  • Air conditioning newly standard on all Vibe models except the base

Under the Hood
There’s a choice of two four-cylinder engines, as well as an all-wheel-drive version.

  • The Vibe’s standard engine is a 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
  • 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder optional for base Vibe, standard in all-wheel-drive and GT versions
  • Five-speed manual standard
  • 1.8-l...

Vehicle Overview
Available with either front- or all-wheel-drive, the Vibe is powered by one of two four-cylinder engines and is related to the Toyota Matrix. Competitors include the Kia Spectra5, Mazda3 and Subaru Impreza.

New for 2010
Air conditioning is now standard on all models.

Exterior
The Vibe was redesigned last year and, on the whole, is sleeker than its predecessor thanks to smooth body sides and bumper moldings. The grille features Pontiac’s characteristic twin-kidney design and is accentuated by a wide opening in the bumper right below it.

  • Clear-lens taillights
  • 16-inch wheels standard
  • 17- or 18-inch wheels optional
  • Liftgate-mounted spoiler standard

Interior
The Vibe can seat up to five people on front bucket seats and a three-person 60/40-split backseat. The Vibe has an unusual instrument cluster that features a round speedometer and tachometer, plus an elliptical housing for the fuel and engine temperature gauges.

  • Cloth seats standard
  • Leather accent seating standard on GT
  • 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats
  • 49.4 cubic feet of space with rear seats folded
  • Air conditioning newly standard on all Vibe models except the base

Under the Hood
There’s a choice of two four-cylinder engines, as well as an all-wheel-drive version.

  • The Vibe’s standard engine is a 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
  • 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder optional for base Vibe, standard in all-wheel-drive and GT versions
  • Five-speed manual standard
  • 1.8-liter engine gets optional four-speed automatic
  • 2.4-liter gets optional five-speed automatic
  • All-wheel-drive Vibes only available with four-speed automatic
  • Tows 1,500 pounds

Safety
Standard safety equipment includes:

  • Six airbags, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active head restraints for the front seats

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
12 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Most reliable car I have owned

by GoughBadley on November 9, 2017

Well built, great balance of fuel efficiency and power. Spacious for passengers with a surprising amount of cargo space. Read full review

(3.0)

Good cheap car

by ZoomzoomzdaX5 from Chattanooga, TN on July 14, 2017

A very roomy car considering its size. I like the plastic surfaces in the back for hauling things. More durable than carpet. Unfortunately the car is somewhat noisy at most speeds. The transmission ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2010 Pontiac Vibe currently has 8 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Pontiac Vibe has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Pontiac

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Vibe received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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