2009 toyota Matrix

2009 toyota matrix: The Toyota Matrix has actually constantly been a practical selection-- practical and durable, yet inevitably much less amazing than its modish designing suggests. With its 2009 redesign, the hatchback remains true to those origins: A bigger engine elevates the efficiency bar a few notches, yet utility is still the name of the game. This car deserves a look, yet with competitors trespassing from every side, it doesn't bring as much to the area as it once did.

2009 toyota matrix

The Matrix is available in 3 trim degrees: the standard Requirement, a better-equipped S as well as a sportier XRS. Four-wheel drive is optional on the Matrix S.The Matrix shares origins with the Toyota Corolla and Scion xB, and Pontiac markets a relevant hatchback in the Vibe.

I drove a front-wheel-drive Matrix S with a manual transmission.

How it Relocations

The majority of trim degrees have Toyota's 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which gives a healthy and balanced 158 horsepower. A 132-hp four-cylinder comes only on the base version, as well as manual or automatic transmissions are readily available with either engine. Below's how the specifications work out:

My test automobile had the 2.4-liter engine, which provides enough low-end torque for quick launches from stops. Pedal-down acceleration creates mild torque steer, however it never ever bewilders the driving experience. The five-speed guidebook has a solid, substantial feel. It's similar to the transmission in the Mazda3, an additional preferred stick shift of mine, yet its throws feel much more specific than the Mazda. The Matrix's clutch pedal is light enough for continual rush-hour usage, when the freeway gets rid of, 60-to-70 miles per hour acceleration is workable in fifth equipment and energetic in 4th. Some compact vehicles run out of steam when packed with individuals, yet even with 2 adult passengers in tow, I never ever really felt wanting for even more. Regardless, this engine's power really feels eminently much more functional compared to the original Matrix's 170-hp, rev-like-hell 1.8-liter's ever before did.

During perky driving, acceleration lag becomes an issue. Stab the gas pedal to match revs as you downshift, as well as the action can be tepid. A minimum of it corresponds, so motorists will certainly discover how to be patient-- though perseverance isn't really a becoming characteristic in an automobile with efficiency leanings. A number of today's stick-shift-equipped compacts have the very same issue, though that does not minimize its annoyance.

I really did not drive the 1.8-liter engine, yet I have actually driven it in the new Corolla as well as it's a smooth, if uninteresting, powertrain. The Corolla's four-speed automatic lags a bit in kickdown efficiency, nevertheless, so if you're purchasing a base Matrix with the automatic, make certain to see how it makes with highway passing.

Four-wheel-disc antilock anti-skid brakes are common; the Matrix S and XRS have slightly bigger discs compared to the base model. The pedal really feels a little bit mushy in the first inch or so of travel; then, its response is solid, and ABS never ever kicks in prematurely.

The base Matrix and also front-wheel-drive S version have an independent front suspension and also semi-independent, torsion light beam back. The configuration returns sensibly strong collaring with much less body roll compared to the xB, however the flight comes to be a little bit uneven over rough sidewalk. Gaps as well as speed bumps generate raw sounds from the rear suspension and also sometimes a rattle or two from the headliner.

At freeway speeds, road and wind noise are substantial, but the engine stays unobtrusive. The steering wheel starts to feel a bit skittish around 75 mph, but at slower rates it keeps a safe and secure, on-center feeling. Turn-in accuracy is impressive: Being a front-wheel-drive car, the Matrix has the tendency to understeer during tough cornering, however I was stunned by exactly how well it held the line. That precision isn't easily obvious at lower speeds, where the wheel turns conveniently-- suggesting there's a great deal of power aid-- and often feels a bit numb.

The XRS and AWD S trims have a completely independent double-wishbone back suspension, which likely provides a much more refined ride. The XRS consists of a strut tower brace under the hood to better manage body roll, and also its 18-inch alloy wheels eclipse those on less-expensive trims. My tester featured 16-inch steel wheels.

Due to a changed guiding configuration, the XRS' transforming circle is 38.1 feet. Base and also S models turn in 36.0 feet, which appears better for a portable cars and truck; the AWD S can be found in at 36.7 feet.

Just how it Looks

Toyota didn't transform the wheel with this version; the new face resembles a sensible development from the old model. The lights show up lower and leaner, and the bumper's beefy flanks seem on the verge of swallowing exactly what exists between. The aggression fits on this vehicle, as well as it bears some similarity to Toyota's honest Venza crossover.

General size has actually boosted by less than an inch, and also flight elevation has to do with half an inch lower. Regretfully, the liftgate no longer includes the previous design's glass hatch.

Sixteen-inch steel wheels with plastic covers begun the base model and Matrix S. For its price, the S actually ought to have alloy edges, however they're optional. The XRS has basic 18-inch alloys.

Cabin Quality

Real to its origins, the Matrix's cabin has an utilitarian bent, though it feels more polished than the also-utilitarian xB's. Though the control panel plastics are difficult to the touch, their high quality is decent, with wraparound textures that look abundant from any distance. The assesses and stereo controls have top-notch top quality, as well, as well as panel fit is normally superb.

Possibly because there is so much obvious top quality there, the cabin's weak points stand out a lot more. The climate controls are simple however extremely clunky, and also the ceiling is a large cover of computer mouse fur. Toyota had an opportunity to leapfrog the competitors with attributes-- as well as grow out of the old Matrix's fundamental feel-- yet points like expanding sun visors, brightened vanity mirrors and also a rear center armrest are still lacking. Though rare in this class, those kind of amenities are starting to appear occasionally; the Volkswagen Bunny as well as the honest Hyundai Elantra Touring have all 3.

The updated JBL audio system in my test car belted out good noise, yet it lacks a USB port for iPod integration, which Toyota states isn't also readily available as a dealer device. Rather you'll need to make do with a fundamental supporting jack. The xB has an iPod port standard.

The seats are well-padded, but I thought the material felt sandpaper-rough in specific areas. I'm a follower of the furrier stuff in the brand-new Corolla; senior editor David Thomas, on the other hand, preferred the Matrix's furniture for its longevity. The Matrix XRS gets its own sport textile, which we haven't evaluated out.

Roominess & Utility

Toyota states the seats sit slightly below previously, however I still discovered the vehicle driver's seat high for a small cars and truck. Headroom excels in both rows (I have to do with 6 feet high, as well as my test car did not have the optional moonroof). The inboard side of the control panel, which extends descending to include the shifter, encroaches on the driver's legroom. Legroom is better in back.

If rough-and-tumble energy is your thing, the Matrix comes through in spades. The back load floor is covered in long lasting plastic, as are the second-row seatbacks. When the seats are folded, the freight area ends up being a veritable deck. Rubber strips along the flooring maintain cargo in place, as well as many trims have a fold-flat front traveler seat with a hard plastic backing. Vehicle drivers with boatloads of plug-in electronic devices will certainly appreciate the 115V household outlet that's standard on the S and XRS.


As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety and security has not crash checked the Matrix. Standard functions consist of all-disc anti-skid brakes, side-impact air bags for the pole positions as well as side drape airbags for both rows. That's a significant renovation over the '08 model, which provided these features as choices. All five seats have head restrictions, and also energetic head restraints are typical up front. An electronic security system runs an inexpensive $250-- contrast that to $450 on the Bunny, $440 on the Caliber and also $650 on the outgoing Matrix. The system is basic on the Matrix XRS.

Latch child-seat supports lie in the outboard rear seats. Parents will appreciate the plainly marked top-tether anchors, obtainable by turning up plastic covers in the cargo flooring behind the seat.

Features & Rates

Omitting the location charge, the Matrix starts at $16,190, approximately the same as the outward bound model equipped with similar functions. Major basic attributes consist of AIR CONDITIONING, a standard CD stereo with an accessory sound jack as well as power mirrors. Power windows as well as locks with remote entry run $990. For $18,260, the Matrix S consists of those attributes in addition to the 2.4-liter engine, a back wiper and also even more. Four-wheel drive includes $2,140, but it also includes an automatic transmission, which sets you back $1,190 otherwise.

The Matrix XRS starts at $20,660 and also comes with 18-inch edges, a sport-tuned suspension and also a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. A lot of those features are optional on minimal trims. Various other choices consist of a navigating system, a moonroof and a costs stereo. Cruise control runs $250 on any type of trim.

Fully packed, anticipate the Matrix to peak around $24,000.

Matrix out there

I think the Matrix's most significant obstacle will certainly be its cost. For the expense of a base design with power accessories and also cruise control, lots of competitors include alloy wheels, bigger engines or much better stereos. The Matrix's cargo area compares favorably, however the automobile makes no waves in driving characteristics or cabin top quality.

The Matrix may inevitably attract those that need maximum utility in a little package, as well as its sporty personality might grab a few performance junkies. For those who desire a grocery-getter with a bit a lot more cargo area compared to their last sedan-- including my grandparents, who have the outward bound Matrix-- there are a great deal of rivals that do it for a whole lot less cash.

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