The 2009 Toyota Matrix is a small wagon with five-door hatchback body design and flexible cargo area. It is an excellent inexpensive alternative to a sports utility vehicle (SUV). What I’ve found really great about this car is that it has a backseat large enough to fit three kids or a pair of adults and a dog. In spite of its size I can say that the 2009 Toyota Matrix is practical and comfortable, easy-to-drive and easy-to-park and maneuverable vehicle.
The Matrix has been entirely redesigned for 2009 model year to enhance performance while providing fuel economy and better interior utility. It gets more coupe-inspired look and a wider, lower position. An all-wheel drive becomes an option again. The new Toyota Matrix is now powered by re-engineered more powerful 2.4L engine with 5-speed automatic transmission.
If you are looking to buy the pre-owned Toyota Matrix, it will also be a sensible choice as a first car! This completely redesigned model has found a unique market niche covering the line between crossover utility vehicle, sporty wagon and economical hatchback. First of all, the new Toyota Matrix achieves better fuel economy as compared with a small crossover SUV. For those, who considered the previous Matrix insufficiently powerful, there's now available a larger 2.4L engine. I think the Matrix base has very reasonable price!
The new Toyota Matrix has a new, larger engine option that attracts the attention of buyers looking for more performance. There are three types of trim base, S, and XRS. The base and S models: 132-horsepower, 1.8L standard four-cylinder engine; four-wheel-drive S and XRS models are fitted up with more powerful 2.4-L four-cylinder engine that delivers 158 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Now I know for sure, once you've tried the 2.4-liter engine, it might be hard to go back. A VVT-i system optimizes performance and improves fuel economy. The 2009 Toyota Matrix presents a 5-speed manual transmission and 4 or 5-speed automatic transmission. The new Toyota Matrix offers a standard front-wheel drive for all trims and an optional four-wheel drive for S models. The four-wheel drive system uses active torque control that dispenses the proper amount of torque to each wheel. EPA fuel economy estimates: for the 1.8L manual transmission 26 city, 32 highway; 21/29 for the 2.4L 5-speed automatic. The Matrix has a standard antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution; a standard electronic stability control on the XRS; optional on other models. Completely redesigned Matrix's interior offers multiple storage spaces.
Buying the new Toyota Matrix base equipment you will get: telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning, intermittent windshield wipers, heavy duty rear window defogger as well as color-keyed outside rearview mirrors. S models now also have power door locks and one-touch down driver-side windows, intermittent rear window wiper, fog lamps. You will also find remote keyless entry, cruise control, 115-volt power outlet and fold-flat front passenger seat, AM/FM/CD with MP3 capability and six speakers inside. XLS model’s characteristic is 18-inch alloy wheels, a three-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio and electronic stability control, a sport strut tower brace. Further to standard equipment optional features are 16-inch alloy wheels and power heated outside mirrors. To wrap it up, I have to say that the 2009 Toyota Matrix is really practical, comfortable, sporty and fun car!