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Pontiac Vibe - MPG-Real World Numbers

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With the price of gas being what it is, your real world mileage is becoming more important than the estimates on the sticker. This is the place to talk about your real world on the road results!


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  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    On a recent trip to northern Wisconsin, all highway miles, driving 60-65 mph we got 35.7 mpg. Pretty relaxed drive, nice weather. Outstanding vehicle. Our normal city driving has shown about 28 mpg.
  • jstant01jstant01 Posts: 65
    My 2005 5-speed Vibe has consistently returned around 35mpg in mostly highway driving (70mph) to work and back.

    On long trips, at extended highway speeds of between 65 and 70mph, I have registered as high as 40.2mpg. I am very pleased with the Vibe's gas mileage!
  • unknownunknown Posts: 5
    We are consistently getting a little better than 30mpg. We are very pleased with it.
  • fear_hopefear_hope Posts: 90
    I average 32+ MPG mostly highway driving, sometimes using the A/C and sometimes not. Best tank so far was 33.33MPG before it was hot enough here to use the A/C. I drive normally most of the time and spirited occasionally. With my commute to work a fill up lasts about 6 days. I'm happy with it. (Sort of envious of those Scion and Civic owners who are getting 38MPG though...) By the way, it would be helpful and more meaningful if everyone includes the model and transmission type when posting. ;)
  • pdrakepdrake Posts: 10
    I am averaging 25-27 mpg with my 2006 VIBE GT. I must use 93 octane fuel or, it pings. I am very happy with the car because it really has some get up and go plus it gets decent mileage. I havnt used the AC much this year but, that is mostly for when the wife rides with me as I prefer the windows down and sunroof open.
  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    The Mrs and I took a brief road trip today and got 37 mpg running the A/C generally going 60mph on back roads. That's about the best ever. We've got an 05 Base auto with about 19K mi. Just broken in. Great mpg and couldn't come at a better time.
  • the sticker for the 2007 Pontiac Vibe shows mpg as city 17 and highway 25. The 2006 is shown much higher, anyone know what that is about. Is the 2007 really giving lower mpg?
  • Hi,
    I am choosing between these three cars, and am quite confused. I am told by both the pontiac and toyota dealer that the 2006 vibe was built by TOYOTA. However, when I look at the crash ratings posted in Edmunds, they show different crash ratings.
    I am quoted 36 city and 38 highway by both the dealers and my girlfriend who has the automatic transmission 2005 with 6 cd player. Any light on the fuzz? :confuse:

    Anyone else compare the 3 and know more? How about others actual mileage on the 2006 vs. 2007?
  • I think the 2007 online stickers are a mistake and I have notified the Pontiac web site people via an online feedback form. C'mon, Pontiac, if you want to sell cars you gotta pay attention!

    As to real world mpg, I have a 2006 base Vibe with auto transmission (the way probably 95+% of 2007 models will be equipped). I have never gotten less than 25 mpg around town. At 65-75 mph on the highway I get in the low 30s, but I have only taken a handful of 2-3 hours trips, nothing longer.
  • Thanks for the info. THe Vibe salesperson tells me they will get 33 to 36 on the highway.
    the ratings on the 06 on the lot is 28 and 33.
    I'm disappointed to hear 25.. :cry:
  • The Vibe is not BUILT by Toyota, but it is basically engineered by them. It has a Toyota engine, transmission, and most of its other parts, but the styling was done by GM. In my 2005 base, the radio is also GM (Delco). Other than that, it's a Toyota.

    However, it is built in the US at a plant in California that also builds Corollas and Tacoma pickups. It's twin, the Matrix, is built in Canada.

    I'm not sure why the crash ratings would differ, but it may have to due with whether one test sample had side airbags or not. You might want to check on that. Obviously, cars with with side airbags do better in the crash tests.

    As for mileage - I can almost GUARANTEE you will get above 30mpg in both city and highway driving, unless something is out of whack with your vehicle. The Vibe has the best gas mileage of any "GM" vehicle. I've never done worse than about 33-35mpg (I have a stick shift) in all my driving situations.
  • :) I have had an 04 Vibe since 8/04. I have averaged a combined 26.6 mpg and gone as high as 35 mpg on a road trip. The Vibe is built at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, CA. Re the crash ratings, the Vibe went from a 5 star drivers side rating in 04 to a 3 star on for the 05 model. Go figure. As far as I know the IIHS has never tested the Vibe for offset or side crashworthiness.
  • 25 is the worst I've done. That was city driving with lots of full blast AC because it was really hot here this summer.
  • I purchased my base Vibe with automatic on April 1, 2003. It now has about 35,000 miles on it (mostly city). The longest highway trip I have taken with it was about 200 miles one way. (I have a luxury car for the many "road trips" I take.) It consistently gets 28 mpg in the city, and about 34 on the highway, which pretty much matches the epa numbers on the label.
  • you must be looking at a GT sticker.
  • j2mj2m Posts: 1
    I have owned my 2003 Vibe (automatic) since Jan 2003. It has ~57,000 miles on it, and my work puts me in it many hours per day. I have never gotten less than 26mpg around town or 35 mpg highway. When I drive moderately, I get ~29 mpg (mixed around town/ highway) and 39 mpg highway only. **Note here best highway mileage is obtained by following the old rule: "Keep the RPM's around 2500!" That gives you about 60-65 mph in an automatic. Great car, my wife wants one too!
  • I have an 03 AWD Vibe I bought (it had 19,000 miles)used in May 05. For the first 4 months or so I was getting great fuel mileage, it was as high as 35mpg on a 7 hour trip. Than the mileage dropped off from getting on average 27-29 around town and 30-34 highway to 24-26 around town and 28-30 highway. I had 2 different garages put it on the computer, they both found nothing. Does anyone have any suggestion on what may be causing this. I do all the routine maintenance on. I do live in PA and most garages don't want to hear fuel mileage issues here.
  • Two suggestions: (1) A brake is not fully disengaged. First check the parking brake to see that it fully releases.Check the cable from the brake handle all the way back to the connection with the rear wheel assemblies. The cable accumulates a lot of dirt and may stick. If the parking brake is free and clean then one of the hydraulic brakes may not be fully retracting.
    (2) The thermostat may be stuck open or partially open, not allowing the engine to fully warm up to normal operating temperature. The computer has the injectors shooting in more gasoline than normal because it detects the engine as being "cold".
  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    We just took another trip to northern Wisconsin. 6 hr drive about half on 2 lane roads. Still got 37 mpg and that was while gunning it pretty good to pass. At about 25K mi this car is running better than ever. In fact I just got the oil changed at 5K mi interval and the oil was as clean as when it was new. Amazing. Great car.
  • cs1992cs1992 Posts: 17
    I have an '06 base model with AT and have averaged 31mpg since I bought it. I have not been on any lengthy highway trips, but the 31mpg is based on 65% city / 35% hwy. EPA mileage estimate is 29/34.
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