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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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Best Hatch on the Market
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By careckner
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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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This is an amazing little car, its 2.4 L. engine is snappy enough to get to 60 in about 10 sec (shifting manually), plenty of room for 2 adults and 2 kids in car seats, cargo area is amazing, seats are very comfortable(and I'm 6'8") Seating position is very good,Gauges are bright, clear and well laid out, stereo is very good for stock. While shopping for this car, I tried a Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent, Suzuki SX4, and a Dodge Caliber R/T, in the end it came down to this and the Caliber. Unfortunately GM doesn't have their act together, because this was by far the best economy car in their line up, fortunately its made by Toyota (Matrix Clone) so you get Toyota quality with Pontiac style.


Best Features

Great style, Driver side gas door, great storage, quality materials, Amazing get- up-and-go keeps pace with my old grand Prix! gauges are very nicely laid out and bright, seats are well bolstered, the center console has a split level armrest, 4 wheel abs disc brakes, cargo dividers.


Worst Features

standard 7 speaker sound system, cargo mat in back, bigger rear windows, tinted rear windows, standard alloy wheels, standard rear independent suspension, standard fog lights, xenon headlamps


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Post recall thoughts
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By WTH
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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Much better than the previous model. Much more comfortable. Much peppier. No problems merging on to hi-ways and fun on back roads. Great in rain and snow. If you have a strong ego it's more car than you'd ever need.


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Great little car
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By Cbrown
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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I'm very pleased with my Vibe. It's the AWD model. It handles well and is pretty zippy with the 2.4L engine. Upgraded factory sound system with Sirius/XM is great. Mileage has consistently been around 26-27 mpg. The car is great in the snow with or without snow tires. With the back seat down it has an amazing amount of cargo space. The back seat has a lot of leg room for a small car. Too bad they discontinued this car, I'd buy another one!


Best Features

All wheel drive, sound system, fold down back seat for space, Overall exterior design is very contemporary looking, great mileage while having enough space for 4 adults to ride comfortably.


Worst Features

I'm not a fan of the brushed metal look on the dash. The mix of LCD and analog display gauges isn't the greatest, but they are all easy to read. The car has a 4 speed auto and I would have preferred a 5 speed auto for mileage. The 5 speed wasn't available with the AWD.


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Nice Car - of Course GM Quit Making Them
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By kc hillman
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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback GT 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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This bought used 2009 GT would be our second Vibe, also have a 2004 we bought new. The 2009 has the 2.4 engine which makes a lot of power for a car this size. The 5 speed automatic shifts flawlessly. The northeast U.S. has been getting bombarded with massive snow lately, but the Vibe hasn't let us down once! The 18 inch rims are quite sharp looking, the fit and finish appear to be up to par too. All in all a fine little vehicle!


Best Features

GT trim with 18 inch wheels, powerful 2.4 engine, decent combined city/country gas mileage (27 mpg) XM Radio, Power Sunroof, neat storage compartments in the hatch area.


Worst Features

Nothing at this time. (Too bad they're no longer in production!!)


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Basic Transport with attitude!
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By Tundra88
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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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My family needed to replace a very unreliable Volvo and decided to go with this Vibe. Toyota build at a GM price. Of course since the purchase we've had to deal with the gas pedal recall but otherwise it's been flawless. During the recent Atlanta ice storm we parked my 4WD pickup and drove the Vibe. It was great in the icy conditions. Stability control is awesome! Good gas mileage, decent handling and (subjective) good looking. Everyone in the family loves driving the Vibe, it's no race car, but then it's not supposed to be...


Best Features

Long list of safety features, smooth engine, roomy interior, ergonomic. Under the radar Matrix twin!


Worst Features

Blind spot...oh and they don't make it anymore so who cares...:-(


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