2009 Pontiac Vibe Consumer Review: 1 month - 7500 miles later

2009 Pontiac Vibe - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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1 month - 7500 miles later
By Nat on


2009 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Took my Vibe (a rebadged Toyota Matrix) in its first month of ownership on a road trip across the country after taking advantage of the Clunkers program. No major issues or squeaks and rattles have arisen yet. Have only changed the oil/filter and added fuel injector cleaner so far. Was getting a fairly consistent 30 mpg of mostly highway driving with a fully loaded car, bike hitch rack, and a codriver who doesn't know how to smoothly modulate a gas pedal. Vibe has decent midrange punch with the 2.4 to pass and get up the hills. Glad I opted for the bigger engine Overall pretty happy with my purchase as the car has been both reliable and practical. For the money this car is hard to beat

Best Features

- Great value - 2.4l with 5 speed auto is a good match for this car - Decent handling and comfort at this econo car price point. - Ergonomics are well thought out with telescoping steering wheel, lots of cup holders (6ish?) and usable storage areas. ie glove box can swallow an SLR camera and GPS

Worst Features

- Goodyear RSA's - Why can't Pilots be an option instead? - Blind spots - small car, big blind spots. Need to get a spot mirror. - 5th door - wish the rear window lifted too as my Yakima hitch rack gets in the way. Please also add an inside door handle so I can bungee chord the lift gate down
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