• (4.5) 11 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,231$10,083
  • 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
2010 Pontiac Vibe

Our Take on the 2010 Pontiac Vibe

Our Take

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. Air conditioning is now standard on all models. The Vibe was redesigned last year and, on ... 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

  • Available 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional AWD

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

I wrote my first test drive in 1984, and plenty of them were obituaries for departed brands that either died or left the U.S. market - Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Peugeot, Daihatsu, Daewoo, Yugo, Eagle, Isuzu, TVR, Bitter, Laforza, Merkur, Renault, Sterling, Alfa-Romeo, AM General - and man, that list turned out to be a lot longer than I thought it would be when I started writing this sentence.None, ... Read full review for the 2010 Pontiac Vibe

Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 11 reviews

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vibe #2

by just a mom in school from Orem, Utah on November 12, 2010

My husband bought me my first Vibe so I would be safe as I commuted to grad school in the winter and we could save money on gas. It has awd and still gets around 28 mpg. I loved that car from the firs... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 6 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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