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2009 Pontiac Vibe - Compact Hatchback

The 2009 Pontiac Vibe is a redesigned compact four-door hatchback that is coming back one inch shorter and one inch lower than previous model years. The newly refreshed vehicle is also sitting on a slightly wider track that Pontiac says will make this second-generation Vibe handle better than its predecessor. A 1.8-liter engine returns, and it is joined by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with available all-wheel drive. The engine is mated to an available six-speed manual transmission.

The 2009 Vibe shares its unibody architecture with the Toyota Matrix, and is derived from the Toyota Corolla. It has an independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and coil springs, and the base model comes with what Pontiac calls a semi-independent torsion beam rear suspension. With GM's recent financial worries, it remains to be seen how Pontiac and its lineup will be affected, but chances are that it will be discontinued.

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