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Pontiac Vibe

2009-2010
2009 Redesign Year
Pontiac Vibe 2010
Offering many of the attributes of a crossover SUV in a smaller, more easily managed package, this version of the Vibe -- like its predecessor -- was a good idea that was mildly under executed. We appreciate the raised driving position, unfettered interior access and all-wheel drive option. However, the cheap interior treatment, less than optimal driving position and noisy engine are detriments. The Vibe was dropped after 2010, with the rest of Pontiac.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2010 $6,575 - $8,250 $4,165 - $5,715
2009 $5,675 - $7,275 $3,310 - $4,815
2003-2008
2003 Redesign Year
Pontiac Vibe 2008 Trim Shown: 2008 Hatchback
The Vibe's 1.8-liter four-cylinder drones loudly and performs modestly. GT models use a stronger version of this engine and come only with a six-speed manual. Handling is fairly nimble and the ride is compliant -- if a little jittery. Access is very easy, the rear seat is quite roomy, but the driving position is only so-so. The optional AWD system works well, but hurts acceleration and fuel economy. Folding the rear seats creates a large, flat load floor. Overall, this is a sensible alternative to a small SUV. Stability control became available in 2005, but may be difficult to find.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2008 $5,625 - $5,625 $3,235 - $3,235
2007 $5,225 - $5,225 $2,840 - $2,840
2006 $4,600 - $5,425 $2,290 - $3,040
2005 $4,400 - $4,800 $2,115 - $2,465
2004 $3,800 - $4,050 $1,645 - $1,845
2003 $3,375 - $3,500 $1,295 - $1,395