• (4.6) 12 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,227–$10,419
  • 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 Latest Model 2010 Pontiac Vibe

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

2010 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

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

4.6

Average based on 12 reviews

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Most reliable car I have owned

by GoughBadley from on November 9, 2017

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

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Recalls

There are currently 6 recalls for this car.


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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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