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2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD Review


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A three-quarter front view of a gray 2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD in Los Angeles

In short: A versatile and affordable crossover wagon.

his roomy crossover wagon combines cool looks and dependable performance in a sporty, affordable package. While the Vibe may not be the flashiest car on the market, its responsive handling and well-laid-out interior make it both a fun and practical option.

Warranty/Service: Five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Base Price: $18,910 / As tested: $22,615

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC
Horsepower: 158 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 162 lb/ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Curb weight: 3,295 lbs
Wheelbase: 102.4 in
Length/Width/Height: 171.9/69.4/60.9 in
Turning circle: 35.4 ft

Brakes: all-wheel disc with ABS
MacPherson struts on front and independent double wishbone on rear, ABS front and rear

Traction: traction control, vehicle stability control

0-60: 7.9 seconds
Top Speed: 125 mph

EPA City: 20 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

Safety: dual-stage front air bags and thorax air bags in front, head curtain side air bags front and rear, OnStar

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