For 2009, the Toyota Matrix compact hatchback/wagon is redesigned, a new 2.4L engine is available and all-wheel drive becomes an option again. On the base Toyota Matrix, a 1.8L four-cylinder engine producing 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque is paired to a standard five-speed manual transmission, and a four-speed automatic is optional. The S and XRS trim levels have a 2.4L engine that generates 158 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The XRS and front-wheel-drive S offer a choice of a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic, but the AWD S is available only with a four-speed automatic. Equipped with the 1.8L engine, Toyota Matrix fuel economy is 26 mpg city and 32 mpg hwy with manual transmission and 25/31 mpg with automatic. Fuel economy for the 2.4L engine is 21/28 mpg with manual transmission, 21/29 mpg with automatic and 20/26 mpg with AWD. Safety features include antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, while stability control is standard on the XRS and optional on the other trim levels. The Toyota Matrix five-passenger interior combines real comfort with a variety of versatile features, including a fold-flat front passenger seat.Read more Read less
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.
Economical alternative to an SUV; maneuverable and easy to park; flexible cargo capacity and hatchback design.
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.