2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Pontiac Vibe - Road Test Specs

2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback

(2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2009
StyleGT 4dr Wagon (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$20,875
Options on test vehicleTransmission, 5 Speed Automatic with Driver Tap Shift Control ($1,050); Power Sunroof ($700)
As-tested MSRP$21,645


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeinline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,362cc (144cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum alloy
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.8
Redline (rpm)6,400
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)158 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)162 @ 4,000
Transmission type5-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.943; II: 2.197; III: 1.413; IV: 0.975; V: 0.731


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearIndependent double wishbone
Steering typePower steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.35:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle F1 A/SC
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP215/45R18
Tire size, rearP215/45R18
Wheel size18 front - 18 rear
Wheel materialAluminum
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.7
0-60 mph (sec.)8.9
0-75 mph (sec.)13.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.7@82.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.75
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.5
@ Full throttle (dB)76.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsPretty permissive traction control allows some wheelspin, but shutting it off proved slightly quicker to 60. Upshifts at rev limit so manual shifting did little to improve times.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThough the stopping distances were unremarkable, and the pedal remained firm, the pads began to smell by the 4th stop. Not much initial bite or slowing, but much better from 30-0.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsPlenty of body roll and very little response to throttle input -- likely because limits are artificially low. Feels tall through fast transitions, but not dangerous as limits are kept in check. Still, 59.1 mph is not fast.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)71
Wind (mph, direction)9.3

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 City / 28 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,160
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,165
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60/40
Length (in.)172.1
Width (in.)69.5
Height (in.)61.4
Wheelbase (in.)102.4
Track, front (in.)59.6
Track, rear (in.)58.9
Turning circle (ft.)37.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.6
Legroom, rear (in.)36.2
Headroom, front (in.)40.5
Headroom, rear (in.)39.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)20.1
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)49


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years / 100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlNot available
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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