The 2009 Toyota Matrix fits into a unique market niche--straddling the line between economical hatchback, sporty wagon, and utility-minded crossover vehicle--and has few, if any rivals. Compared to small crossover sport utility vehicles, fuel economy is a strong point for the Matrix; and for those who felt that the former Matrix needed a little more pep, there's now an available larger 2.4L engine. Although the base model doesn't come with a wealth of standard equipment, it does get a very attractive sticker price.
Economical alternative to an SUV; maneuverable and easy to park; flexible cargo capacity and hatchback design.
The 2009 Toyota Matrix comes in three different trims: base, S, and XRS. All three levels come with standard front-wheel drive, but the S can be optioned with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
A 132-horsepower, 1.8L four-cylinder engine is standard on the base and S models, while all-wheel-drive (AWD) S models and XRS models get a more powerful 2.4L four that makes 158 horsepower and a noteworthy 162 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have a VVT-i (variable valve timing with intelligence) system, which helps improve engine response throughout the rev range while also improving fuel efficiency.
Three different transmissions are offered on the Matrix. Models with the 1.8L engine, along with S AWD models, can be specified with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, and XRS models can be had with either the five-speed manual transmission or a new five-speed automatic that has a sport mode, allowing manual selection, gear by gear, when desired.
The all-wheel drive system that's available in the S trim uses active torque control, which analyzes signals from the anti-lock braking system to help distribute torque to the wheels where it's needed most. Under normal driving, the system sends power to the front wheels for optimal fuel efficiency.
EPA fuel economy figures for the Matrix range up to 26 city, 32 highway for the 1.8L with manual transmission and 21 city, 29 highway for the 2.4L with the five-speed automatic.
Anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution are now standard across the Matrix model line, while electronic stability control is standard on the XRS and available as an option on the other models.
The Matrix's interior has been reconfigured to allow more storage options, including trays with rubber mats, four cup holders, cargo-area tie-downs, and a folding tonneau cover.
Base Matrix models include air conditioning, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, a heavy-duty rear defogger, color-keyed outside mirrors, and intermittent wipers. S models add commonly standard equipment such as power locks and windows, cruise control, an intermittent rear wiper, remote keyless entry, fog lamps, and a CD sound system with six speakers and MP3 compatibility. A 115-volt power outlet and fold-flat front passenger seat are also included. Top-of-the-range XLS models bring 18-inch alloy wheels, a strut-tower brace for sportier handling, electronic stability control, and a three-spoke steering wheel with integral audio controls.
Options on the base model include 16-inch alloy wheels, power heated outside mirrors, and several other standard features from the S. Options on the S include 17-inch alloy wheels and a power moonroof. AWD S models can be specified with a Sport package that includes underbody spoilers and fog lamps.
The Matrix, a tall-wagon version of the Toyota Corolla, has been completely redesigned for 2009, with a wider and lower stance, sleeker, more coupe-like styling, and revised features throughout. An all-wheel-drive model returns to the lineup, and there's now a new, more powerful 2.4L engine and five-speed automatic transmission available.
Vehicle Price: 17,040.00
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