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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback

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


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I just bought this car and love it! It is fun to drive, great radio, and I love the room in the back with the fold down seats. I am able to fit my two dogs back their easily. I look forward to many years driving this car.


Best Features

Gas mileage, cup holders everywhere, radio, roominess


Worst Features

Seat comfort, front license plate bracket


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Great Value
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By Opnun
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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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This car has been a great buy! Purchased new. After one year of ownership, absolutely no problems (especially related to the accelerator recall). Have performed all regular maintenance, taken several long trips (1000+ miles) and the car has performed flawlessly. I am 6'2" and have plenty of room and don't feel beat up after a long trip. Love the extras that I couldn't find on a comparative Honda Fit, including Onstar, XM radio, traction control, AC Power plug, and spacious interior for a compact wagon. 2.4 liter engine is great for quick acceleration. Have gotten up to 35 mpg on highway at 70 mph. Deals were so good at the time, I wish I had bought two!


Best Features

Safety, air bag placement, XM Radio, Onstar, well illuminated dash, outdoor temp gauge, awesome sound system, keyless entry, versatile storage for groceries etc., flat folding front passenger seat for loading the whole length of car, hard loading surfaces so no carpet to rip. Great turning radius.


Worst Features

Only reason I wouldn't give this car a perfect "10" is rear visibility. Have to really look good when backing or changing lanes. Still, will not find a better deal for the money.


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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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