2009 toyota Matrix S

2009 toyota matrix s: The Toyota Matrix has constantly been a practical option-- functional as well as long lasting, but eventually much less amazing compared to its modish styling suggests. With its 2009 redesign, the hatchback remains true to those origins: A larger engine increases the efficiency bar a few notches, yet energy is still nitty-gritty. This automobile deserves an appearance, but with rivals elbowing in from every side, it doesn't bring as much to the area as it when did.

2009 toyota matrix s

The Matrix is available in three trim degrees: the standard Criterion, 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 also Heir xB, and Pontiac markets a related hatchback in the Ambiance.

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

How it Relocations

Many trim levels have Toyota's 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which gives a healthy 158 horsepower. A 132-hp four-cylinder comes only on the base model, and manual or transmissions are readily available with either engine. Right here's just how the specifications pan out:

My test vehicle had the 2.4-liter engine, which gives sufficient low-end torque for fast launches from quits. Pedal-down acceleration creates light torque steer, yet it never overwhelms the driving experience. The five-speed handbook has a solid, large feeling. It's similar to the transmission in the Mazda3, another preferred standard transmission of mine, however its tosses really feel much more specific than the Mazda. The Matrix's clutch pedal is light sufficient for sustained rush-hour usage, and when the freeway gets rid of, 60-to-70 miles per hour acceleration is convenient in 5th gear and also energised in 4th. Some small vehicles run out of steam when loaded with people, but despite having 2 adult passengers in tow, I never felt desiring for more. Regardless, this engine's power really feels incomparably more functional compared to the original Matrix's 170-hp, rev-like-hell 1.8-liter's ever did.

Throughout spirited driving, velocity lag comes to be a problem. Stab the gas pedal to match revs as you downshift, and also the response can be warm. A minimum of it's consistent, so drivers will learn to be patient-- though perseverance isn't a coming to be characteristic in an automobile with efficiency leanings. A lot of today's stick-shift-equipped compacts have the very same concern, though that does not reduce its annoyance.

I didn't drive the 1.8-liter engine, but I've driven it in the new Corolla and also it's a smooth, if uninteresting, powertrain. The Corolla's four-speed automated lags a little bit in kickdown efficiency, however, so if you're getting a base Matrix with the automatic, make certain to see just how it performs with freeway death.

Four-wheel-disc antilock antilock brakes are basic; the Matrix S and XRS have a little larger discs than the base model. The pedal really feels a little bit squishy in the first inch or so of travel; after that, its response is strong, and ABS never ever starts prematurely.

The base Matrix and front-wheel-drive S version have an independent front suspension and semi-independent, torsion light beam back. The configuration returns sensibly solid collaring with much less body roll compared to the xB, but the trip becomes a bit uneven over bumpy sidewalk. Pits and also speed bumps evoke unrefined sounds from the back suspension and also occasionally a rattle or 2 from the headliner.

At freeway speeds, roadway and wind sound are considerable, yet the engine stays inconspicuous. The guiding wheel begins to really feel a little bit tense around 75 miles per hour, but at slower rates it retains a secure, on-center feel. Turn-in precision goes over: Being a front-wheel-drive auto, the Matrix tends 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-- meaning there's a lot of power aid-- as well as in some cases really feels a little bit numb.

The XRS and also AWD S trims have a completely independent double-wishbone rear suspension, which likely supplies a much more refined trip. The XRS includes a strut tower support under the hood to even more handle body roll, and its 18-inch alloy wheels overshadow those on less-expensive trims. My tester included 16-inch steel wheels.

Due to a changed guiding configuration, the XRS' transforming circle is 38.1 feet. Base as well as S designs turn in 36.0 feet, which seems more appropriate for a portable auto; the AWD S can be found in at 36.7 feet.

Just how it Looks

Toyota really did not change the wheel with this variation; the brand-new face looks like a sensible development from the old model. The lights appear lower and also leaner, as well as the bumper's beefy flanks seem on the verge of swallowing what exists between. The aggressiveness fits on this auto, and it births some resemblance to Toyota's forthcoming Venza crossover.

Total size has actually raised by less than an inch, as well as trip elevation has to do with half an inch reduced. Unfortunately, the liftgate no longer includes the previous model's glass hatch.

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

Cabin High quality

Real to its origins, the Matrix's cabin has an utilitarian curved, though it feels much more refined compared to the also-utilitarian xB's. Though the dashboard plastics are hard to the touch, their high quality is reputable, with wraparound textures that look abundant from any range. The evaluates and also stereo controls have first-rate top quality, as well, and also panel fit is generally exceptional.

Perhaps since there is a lot apparent quality there, the cabin's weaknesses stick out much more. The climate controls are basic but terribly cumbersome, as well as the ceiling is a substantial cover of computer mouse fur. Toyota had a possibility to leapfrog the competitors with features-- and grow out of the old Matrix's fundamental feel-- however things like extending sun visors, lit up vanity mirrors as well as a rear facility armrest are still absent. Though rare in this class, those sorts of features are beginning to pop up occasionally; the Volkswagen Rabbit as well as the honest Hyundai Elantra Touring have all three.

The upgraded JBL audio system in my examination vehicle belted out respectable noise, but it lacks a USB port for iPod assimilation, which Toyota states isn't really also available as a dealership accessory. Rather you'll have to make do with a basic supporting jack. The xB has an iPod port standard.

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

Roominess & Utility

Toyota states the seats sit slightly lower than before, but I still located the driver's seat high for a portable vehicle. Headroom is good in both rows (I have to do with 6 feet tall, as well as my examination car did not have the optional moonroof). The inboard side of the control panel, which expands downward to incorporate the shifter, encroaches on the driver's legroom. Legroom is much better in back.

If rough-and-tumble energy is your point, the Matrix comes through in spades. The rear load flooring is covered in sturdy plastic, as are the second-row seatbacks. When the seats are folded up, the cargo location ends up being a genuine deck. Rubber strips along the flooring maintain cargo in position, as well as most trims have a fold-flat front traveler seat with a difficult plastic backing. Chauffeurs with boatloads of plug-in electronics will value the 115V family outlet that's typical on the S and also XRS.


Since this writing, the Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety has not crash examined the Matrix. Typical 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 major improvement over the '08 model, which used these functions as options. All five seats have head restraints, as well as energetic head restrictions are standard up front. A digital stability 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 common on the Matrix XRS.

Lock child-seat anchors are located in the outboard rear seats. Parents will certainly value the plainly significant top-tether supports, obtainable by turning up plastic covers in the freight flooring behind the seat.

Functions & Prices

Omitting the destination fee, the Matrix begins at $16,190, about the same as the outbound model furnished with comparable features. Major typical attributes consist of A/C, a fundamental CD stereo with an accessory audio jack as well as power mirrors. Power home windows as well as locks with remote access run $990. For $18,260, the Matrix S includes those features together with the 2.4-liter engine, a rear wiper and more. All-wheel drive adds $2,140, but it likewise consists of an automatic transmission, which sets you back $1,190 otherwise.

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

Totally loaded, expect the Matrix to peak around $24,000.

Matrix in the Market

I suspect the Matrix's most significant hindrance will certainly be its rate. For the price of a base design with power devices and cruise ship control, many competitors throw in alloy wheels, larger engines or far better stereos. The Matrix's cargo area contrasts favorably, yet the vehicle makes no waves in driving dynamics or cabin high quality.

The Matrix could ultimately draw those that need optimum energy in a tiny package, as well as its flashy character could snag a couple of performance junkies. For those who want a grocery-getter with a bit more cargo space compared to their last car-- including my grandparents, that own the outbound Matrix-- there are a great deal of rivals that do it for a great deal much less money.

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