2010 Pontiac Vibe Review

2010 Pontiac Vibe 2.4L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4 cylinder Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile 98

Summary:

This is a great car, that is practical yet fun, and aesthetically pleasing

Faults:

This car has had no acquired problems so far. It has run very consistently, and maintenance has been performed only as scheduled.

General Comments:

The Vibe is a surprisingly good car.

With the 2.4L engine, it has plenty of pep for most people. The DGS (driver gear selection aka semi-automatic) transmission mode can be used to squeeze even more performance out of the car. It definitely isn't a sports car, but with the bigger engine option, it has plenty of power for its size, and can be surprisingly fun to drive.

This is an extremely practical vehicle, despite being stylish and sporty enough to appeal to younger buyers. The back seat is comfortable for most people, even with the front seats adjusted a comfortable distance. With the backseat folded down, the cargo space in this little car is unparalleled.

My only gripe is in driver comfort. It is fine for most drives, however it is lacking in features for longer drives. The wheel is too far away, so as to cause arm fatigue after several hours. However, the pedals are too close to simply move the seat closer. It is also lacking in adequate armrests. The seat also has very little lumbar support, which can be a pain on long drives.

I would definitely recommend this car to anyone who is using it primarily for commutes or city driving. I would just not recommend it to anyone who frequently makes long road trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd November, 2010

3rd Nov 2010, 18:42

Of course it is good, it is a Toyota!

1st Jan 2011, 09:42

Just checking you know the steering wheel telescopes (moves) in and out?

2nd Jan 2011, 19:46

We test drove several Vibes before buying our last new car. We liked the look and feel, but were very concerned that it was built by Toyota. We had also test driven a Highlander, and found it poorly built and unsafe. We are now glad we passed up the Vibe, because it became caught up in the Toyota recall mess for very dangerous safety issues. We bought a Ford. It is flawless. Our friends who bought Vibes are facing the inconvenience of recalls, and worry about its safety.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review