2009-2010
2009 Redesign Year
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.
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2010 Pontiac Vibe
$6,300 - $7,600
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$5,875 - $7,125
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2003-2008
2003 Redesign Year
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.
$5,850
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$5,625
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$4,975 - $5,775
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$4,150 - $4,600
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$3,400 - $4,025
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$2,975 - $3,225
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