Two words describe the new 2009 Pontiac Vibe: Muscular and Sporty. As we move deeper into the world of failing car companies, tightening pocket books and more bang for your buck, Pontiac seems to be moving down the right road. The newest refresh of the Pontiac Vibe crossover has had the folks here at TheCarConnection.com surprised by its “sleek lines” and “sporty” feel. Overall the 2009 Pontiac Vibe has scored and overall rating of 8 out of 10 with the TCC. Let’s dig deeper and see if this resurgence of style has also affected the performance, safety and comfort.
When people look at a new car today they seem to ask two things: Is it safe? and What kind of gas mileage does it get? Thankfully at Allsmallcars.com we have the answer to both of those pressing questions. The 2009 Pontiac Vibe is rated 9 out of 10 in our Safety review, which is a major selling point for all of the family-oriented consumers out there. That being said, the IIHS has not yet had a chance to test the new Vibe, however the U.S. government has conducted a barrage of safety testing. The result was the issuance of a “glowing” endorsement. The U.S. government isn’t the only one impressed by the Vibes record, the NHTSA has given it their five-star rating in both the side-impact and frontal impact tests. Of course, none of us ever hope to test the safety features equipped in our cars, but it is nice to know that you and your precious cargo are being transported in the safest manner possible.
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I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for performance. I want to know how fast it goes, how well it corners and will it come to a stop too? The 2009 Pontiac Vibe has two engines, three transmissions and two-wheel or all-wheel drive to choose from in the options line up. The smaller of the two engines is the 1.8-liter engine that puts out 132 hp and the TCC says gives “adequate” power across the board. In other words it won’t knock you back in your seats, but it won’t leave out in the cold when merging onto the freeway. A step up is the 158 hp 2.4-liter engine that is standard in the GT and AWD models. The 2.4-liter packs more of a punch and is estimated to propel you from 0-60 in 8 seconds. To round out the performance, Pontiac has made available a 5-speed manual transmission, 4-speed automatic and 5-speed automatic transmissions. The manual is standard in both the base and GT models and the AWD version gets and upgrade to the 4-speed automatic as standard equipment.
We have performance; we have safety, but what about that pesky gas mileage question? Once again we are faced with that age-old question: Style or Substance? The 1.8-liter engine will win the economy race every time coming in at 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway as opposed to the 21/28 mpg of the bigger 2.4-litter power plant. The gas economy on the 2.4-liter is a little bit of a disappointment, especially considering that this is a compact four-door crossover, however it might make up for it in the extra performance punch.
My opinion-- GM, specifically Pontiac, is on the road to recovery by sweeping out the basement and putting some attention getting designs back in their stable. So check out the rest of the reviews here and afterward you might just find that the 2009 Pontiac Vibe has muscled its way to the front of your “got to have it” car list.
You can read even more about the 2009 Vibe and get more pricing and photos right here at allsmallcars.com.