2009 Pontiac Vibe User Reviews

2009 Pontiac Vibe Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"storage" 4 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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2009 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L Review
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What a surprise? Large space in a small package. Highly reliable with low maintenance, good pick up with 1.8 l engine, 30+mpg, easy to park in city. Confortable seating.

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A bit noisy under hard acceleration, blind spots in the center mirror.

Pandboy
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Small Package With Surprisingly Space Inside — Great student vehicle, low cost to own, very versatile and easy to park and drive. Just love it. Unfortunately GM dropped it. Would never sell this car. Interior a little too cheap. Poor insulation so a bit noisy during hard acceleration.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
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Enormously reliable, good cargo space with the back seats down. Very comfortable front seats.

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I'm 6'5, so the back seat behind me is pretty pathetic.

clarkstanfill
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Great Commuter Car. With The 5-speed It's Fun Enough To Drive Without Getting Into Too Much Trouble. — Great car. Glad I bought it, does summer from some '4-cylinder whine' when being pushed, but is a great car. Very, very reliable and in my opinion, it's better looking than the Matrix. 5-Speed is great, but due to low idle, takes some getting used to on launch.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
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Great car, no major issues, fun to drive, great-looking car, huge cargo capacity with seats folded down, very nice features and finishes

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some blind spots, somewhat low mpg for car size

ericd346
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Great Car With Much To Appreciate — This has been a great car for our family. Reliable, fun to drive, and very versatile. Whether we had it crammed with stuff for a move or just running to the grocery store, this car was perfect for us. We love the way the car looks and the interior is very nice.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
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Great driving feel with tight steering response and quick acceleration.  Very roomy and feels a lot larger inside than what meets the eye.  Style is way ahead of the curve with the GT model compared to the other Vibe models or similar matrix or mazda 3 hatchbacks.  Very stable ride on the highway at speed.  Head turner!!

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If you have a heavy foot or are very aggressive in your driving habits the fuel consumption can seem more than a 2.4L should be using, however it can also get very nice MPG if you don't slam the gas at every light or when just cruising on the highway, I average about 30-32 MPG highway and 25-26 city.  

KingCaff
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Bang For The Buck!! — Get the GT model if you are looking for the Vibe, it feels much more reliable and more like a sport car than the 1.8L gas sipper that will leave you begging for more acceleration on the on ramps and make you feel like you are blowing around if winds pick-up. This interior is very nice and the sun roof is a must when it is nice outside, there could be some more gizmos and gadgets, buy this isn't a 30-50K luxury auto here. It does give you the most bang for you buck!! If you can pick one up for 12-13K with lower miles and it is a GT, go for it!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
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Great little car that gives the best of the econo-box worlt mixed with fun.

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lack of torque, lack of horsepower.

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Great Car. — Great lttle car. The 4-cyl is happy to rev (2.4L) and get you moving past 3k. 4- wheel disc breaks provide great stopping power. The OEM suspension is more aggressive than on the other Vibe's and is a blast in corners but is proned to under-steer when pushed. As far as cost goes, this pontiac is just like it's toyota cousin (matrix) and has been wonderful. I average about 28 mpg combined cycle which is just fine with me. I think as far as looks goes, this car is heads above the rest in it's segment. With lo-pro 17'' wheels, rear deck spoiler and an aggressive front facia, this car looks more aggressive than it actually is.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2009 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L Review
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Fast for its class

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Not very big

Ruuti
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Pretty Good — Because my father in law is retired, he only uses any of his cars for getting groceries or to go hang out with old friends. This car is really fun to drive, and I know this because sometimes he will let me drive it. It can go pretty fast for a hatchback too.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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2009 Pontiac Vibe 2.4L Review
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Everything

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Vibes Are Awesome — I love my car. It's easy to drive and gets great gas mileage. I like the fact that it's an all wheel drive that's what makes it a fun car to drive. It has an area in the back for the dogs and that's pretty cool too!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2009 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L Review
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Cheap, ok gas milage, fun, sleek inside and out.

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It's a grocery getter but it's very roomy for them late night rodeys.

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Viberratorr — Pontiacs design improved greatly on this particular car. The performance in the 1.8 is not the best of the models offered. They're a very affordable car, only getting around 30 mpg isn't the best but it beats 15. It's fairly fun drive around with the 5 speed if u nonchalantly cruise the streets.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2009 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L Review
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fuel-efficient, practical, reliable, never breaks down

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it isn't a sports car, but oh well, it does what it does

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Vibe — Bought this car brand new. It's fuel-efficient, reliable, and practical. Best car I've ever owned or driven. If you have $20000 and need a car, then get the Vibe or Matrix, they're one in the same. Great car, overall, you won't regret buying this.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2009 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L Review
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roomy and attractive

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options were expensive

Sadelberg
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Awesome! — This car has great storage capacity. It is roomy enough for the whole family with extra space for the dog or the groceries (or what have you). Everything works smoothly and I think it is pretty peppy for a 4 cylinder.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2010 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

2010 Pontiac Vibe By bswartz

The 2010 Pontiac Vibe gets great gas mileage and has a motor in it that will last a long time. The maintenance cost on the 2010 Pontiac vibe is very very low. It has plenty of storage and it drives... Read More

Very Special Little Car. By Beason

This is my second Vibe. I can park it, turn it and drive it with ease. It is very comfortable inside and t the cargo room is exceptional. In my last one I carried dishwashers to job sites with room to... Read More

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2008 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

Solid Car For The Money By odacun

Not great for a long trip, due to the size. MPG and build quality are great. For a compact I liked the looks and it is actually kind of fun to drive. As far as smaller cars you can count on this is ... Read More

This Car Has A Sporty Look To It. By quintons

I enjoyed driving this car except when all seats were being used, then it felt like it was too small. This car would make a great student car or work car because of it good combined city/highway gas ... Read More

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2007 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

Great City Car By 2008rlctx

I've had two of these Pontiac Vibes. The Vibe is a twin of the Toyota Matrix. They were made on the same assembly lines and consist of the same parts. You get Toyota reliability and Pontiac pricing. I... Read More

Reliable Economical Transportation That Is Fun To Drive! By Richard

I wish we still had Pontiac around because this car gets great mileage and is fun to drive and easy to park and very reliable! I would love to be able to buy a new one! Since I can't, this was the n... Read More

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2006 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

The Pontiac Vibe Is A Classic Hatchback Style By Thomas_Sky

This auto has been trustworthy; front seats are comfortable for long road trips; lots of cargo room when rear seats are folded down. Engine and Transmission are above par, and the surrounding exterior... Read More

It Is Now A Bit Aged, But A Good Value. By JohnSB

Good value for your money if you can tolerate oil leak. It has a solid feel on the road with good feedback. A/C is mild with replacement compressor. Transmission has been solid. I now have Contine... Read More

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2005 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

Great Car. By apc686

I bought this car on a whim and it worked out well. I can't complain about the thing and i have only done the basics, tires,oil change, and filters. Genvibe is a good website to use for vehicle tricks... Read More

Love The Look, Styling And Ease Of Handling. By Startrekfan269

I love the sleek look and styling of this car. It is fun to drive in the snow. It gets great gas mileage and is overall a fun, sporty car. It holds quite a bit with the hatchback and folding the re... Read More

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