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in 2009 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,293 - $10,611
Original MSRP: $16,100 - $20,875
MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 Pontiac Vibe Review

Review Last Updated: 7/18/12

The 2009 Pontiac Vibe surpasses many 2009 small cars thanks to its versatile interior, great gas mileage and excellent reliability score. However, uninspiring performance lowers the Vibe’s appeal.  

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If practicality is important, a used 2009 Pontiac Vibe could be perfect for you. It has an excellent reliability score along with above-average safety scores. It also has a comfortable five-seat cabin with plenty of leftover room for cargo. All-wheel drive is also available, which is rare in this class.

The Vibe has great fuel economy ratings of 26/32 mpg city/highway, considering it seats five comfortably and can carry a lot of stuff. However, reviewers weren’t enthused with its performance, which they characterized as competent, but bland. Though the base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine has acceptable power, reviewers preferred the additional power from the 2.4-liter engine.

The Vibe’s list of standard interior features is mediocre. The base model comes with a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack and satellite radio, but there’s no air conditioning. Upper trims offer air conditioning, cruise control, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, an upgraded stereo and leather seats. The Vibe does come standard with electronic stability control and electronic brake-force distribution, which aren’t standard in many 2009 small cars.

Despite its mundane performance, the 2009 Pontiac Vibe has plenty of cabin space, class-leading safety features and good fuel economy ratings. Tack on great reliability, and the Vibe becomes a great choice for practical-minded buyers who can overlook its ho-hum performance.  

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra isn’t a hatchback, but it’s one of the most spacious small sedans you can get. Reviewers praised its roomy rear seats, and were impressed with its ample trunk space. The Elantra has a nicer interior than the Vibe and was the 2009 U.S. News Best Compact Car for the Money. However, the Vibe edges out the Elantra with better safety and reliability scores. 

The highly-ranked 2009 Honda Fit is a compact car with an impressive amount of interior space, including a large, versatile cargo area. The Fit has class-leading safety ratings and a good reliability score. When it was new, the 2009 Fit earned our 2009 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award.

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