2009 toyota Matrix

2009 toyota matrix: The Toyota Matrix has actually constantly been an utilitarian choice-- practical and sturdy, however ultimately much less interesting than its modish styling suggests. With its 2009 redesign, the hatchback holds to those origins: A bigger engine increases the performance bar a few notches, however energy is still the name of the game. This automobile is worth an appearance, yet with rivals intruding from every side, it does not bring as much to the area as it as soon as did.

2009 toyota matrix

The Matrix can be found in three trim levels: the fundamental Requirement, a better-equipped S as well as a sportier XRS. Four-wheel drive is optional on the Matrix S.The Matrix shares roots with the Toyota Corolla and also Heir xB, and Pontiac markets a related hatchback in the Vibe.

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

Exactly how it Steps

Many trim levels have Toyota's 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which supplies a healthy and balanced 158 horsepower. A 132-hp four-cylinder comes just on the base version, and also handbook or transmissions are offered with either engine. Here's just how the specifications pan out:

My test vehicle had the 2.4-liter engine, which gives sufficient low-end torque for quick launches from stops. Pedal-down velocity produces light torque steer, however it never bewilders the driving experience. The five-speed guidebook has a solid, significant feeling. It's much like the transmission in the Mazda3, an additional preferred standard transmission of mine, yet its throws really feel a lot more specific than the Mazda. The Matrix's clutch pedal is light enough for sustained rush-hour usage, when the freeway clears, 60-to-70 mph acceleration is convenient in fifth gear as well as energised in 4th. Some compact cars run out of steam when filled with people, but even with 2 grown-up passengers in tow, I never really felt wanting for more. All the same, this engine's power feels incomparably extra usable than the original Matrix's 170-hp, rev-like-hell 1.8-liter's ever did.

During perky driving, acceleration lag becomes a concern. Stab the gas pedal to match revs as you downshift, and also the action can be warm. A minimum of it corresponds, so vehicle drivers will certainly learn how to hold your horses-- though persistence isn't really an ending up being attribute in a vehicle with performance leanings. Many of today's stick-shift-equipped compacts have the very same issue, though that doesn't lessen its annoyance.

I didn't drive the 1.8-liter engine, yet I have actually driven it in the new Corolla and it's a smooth, if uninteresting, powertrain. The Corolla's four-speed automated delays a little bit in kickdown performance, nonetheless, so if you're acquiring a base Matrix with the automatic, ensure to see how it finishes with highway passing.

Four-wheel-disc antilock antilock brakes are standard; the Matrix S as well as XRS have somewhat larger discs compared to the base version. The pedal really feels a bit squishy in the very first inch or so of travel; after that, its action is solid, as well as ABS never ever kicks in too soon.

The base Matrix and front-wheel-drive S variation have an independent front suspension and also semi-independent, torsion beam of light back. The configuration returns sensibly solid catching with less body roll than the xB, however the trip ends up being a little bit rough over bumpy pavement. Holes and speed bumps evoke raw sounds from the rear suspension and occasionally a rattle or more from the headliner.

At highway speeds, roadway as well as wind noise are significant, however the engine stays inconspicuous. The steering wheel begins to really feel a little bit anxious around 75 mph, yet at slower speeds it retains a safe and secure, on-center feel. Turn-in precision is impressive: Being a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the Matrix has the tendency to understeer throughout hard cornering, however I was shocked by how well it held the line. That accuracy isn't readily evident at reduced speeds, where the wheel turns easily-- indicating there's a lot of power assist-- and also sometimes feels a little bit numb.

The XRS and also AWD S trims have a fully independent double-wishbone rear suspension, which likely provides an extra refined flight. The XRS consists of a strut tower support under the hood to better manage body roll, as well as its 18-inch alloy wheels eclipse those on less-expensive trims. My tester had 16-inch steel wheels.

Because of a modified steering arrangement, the XRS' transforming circle is 38.1 feet. Base and also S designs turn in 36.0 feet, which seems better for a portable cars and truck; the AWD S can be found in at 36.7 feet.

Exactly how it Looks

Toyota really did not transform the wheel with this version; the brand-new face appears like a logical progression from the old model. The lights show up lower as well as leaner, and the bumper's beefy flanks appear on the verge of ingesting what exists in between. The aggression fits on this car, and also it births some similarity to Toyota's honest Venza crossover.

Total length has actually increased by less than an inch, as well as flight height has to do with half an inch reduced. Sadly, the liftgate no longer integrates the previous model's glass hatch.

Sixteen-inch steel wheels with plastic covers begun the base design as well as Matrix S. For its rate, the S actually should have alloy edges, however they're optional. The XRS has conventional 18-inch alloys.

Cabin High quality

Real to its origins, the Matrix's cabin has a practical bent, though it really feels extra refined than the also-utilitarian xB's. Though the dashboard plastics are hard to the touch, their quality is commendable, with wraparound appearances that look abundant from any range. The gauges as well as stereo controls have premium quality, as well, and panel fit is usually superb.

Perhaps because there is a lot evident high quality there, the cabin's weaknesses attract attention a lot more. The environment controls are easy however awfully clunky, and the ceiling is a substantial cover of computer mouse hair. Toyota had an opportunity to leapfrog the competition with features-- as well as grow out of the old Matrix's standard feeling-- yet points like expanding sunlight visors, illuminated vanity mirrors and also a back center armrest are still missing. Though uncommon in this course, those sorts of services are starting to appear occasionally; the Volkswagen Bunny and the upcoming Hyundai Elantra Touring have all three.

The updated JBL audio system in my examination auto vocalized suitable audio, but it lacks a USB port for iPod integration, which Toyota states isn't really even readily available as a supplier accessory. Instead you'll have to make do with a fundamental complementary jack. The xB has an iPod port requirement.

The seats are well-padded, but I believed the material really felt sandpaper-rough in particular locations. I'm a follower of the furrier stuff in the new Corolla; senior editor David Thomas, on the other hand, favored the Matrix's upholstery for its longevity. The Matrix XRS gets its own sport textile, which we have not evaluated out.

Roominess & Energy

Toyota says the seats sit somewhat less than before, but I still discovered the motorist's seat high for a compact car. Headroom readies in both rows (I have to do with 6 feet tall, and my test auto did not have the optional moonroof). The inboard side of the dashboard, which prolongs downward to include the shifter, encroaches on the chauffeur's legroom. Legroom is much better in back.

If agitated 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 up, the cargo location becomes a veritable deck. Rubber strips along the floor keep freight in position, as well as a lot of trims have a fold-flat front guest seat with a tough plastic support. Vehicle drivers with boatloads of plug-in electronics will value the 115V household electrical outlet that's typical on the S and XRS.


As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety and security has actually not collapse examined the Matrix. Conventional functions include all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the pole positions and side drape airbags for both rows. That's a major improvement over the '08 design, which used these functions as choices. All five seats have head restrictions, and energetic head restraints are standard in advance. An electronic stability system runs an economical $250-- contrast that to $450 on the Bunny, $440 on the Caliber as well as $650 on the outward bound Matrix. The system is basic on the Matrix XRS.

Latch child-seat supports lie in the outboard back seats. Parents will value the clearly marked top-tether supports, obtainable by flipping up plastic covers in the freight flooring behind the seat.

Attributes & Prices

Excluding the location cost, the Matrix starts at $16,190, about the same as the outward bound design furnished with comparable functions. Major standard features include AIR CONDITIONER, a standard CD stereo with an auxiliary sound jack and also power mirrors. Power windows and locks with remote access run $990. For $18,260, the Matrix S consists of those functions together with the 2.4-liter engine, a rear wiper as well as even more. All-wheel drive includes $2,140, however it likewise includes a transmission, which costs $1,190 or else.

The Matrix XRS begins at $20,660 and also features 18-inch edges, a sport-tuned suspension and also a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Much of those features are optional on lower trims. Various other choices include a navigation system, a moonroof and a premium stereo. Cruise ship control runs $250 on any trim.

Totally filled, anticipate the Matrix to peak around $24,000.

Matrix on the market

I think the Matrix's biggest hindrance will certainly be its rate. For the expense of a base design with power devices and also cruise control, lots of rivals include alloy wheels, bigger engines or much better stereos. The Matrix's cargo location compares positively, yet the automobile makes no waves in driving dynamics or cabin top quality.

The Matrix might inevitably attract those that require maximum energy in a small bundle, and its stylish personality could grab a few performance junkies. For those who want a grocery-getter with a little bit extra freight space compared to their last car-- including my grandparents, who have the outbound Matrix-- there are a lot of rivals that do it for a great deal much less money.