2009 toyota matrix s
The Matrix can be found in three trim degrees: the standard Requirement, a better-equipped S as well as a sportier XRS. All-wheel drive is optional on the Matrix S.The Matrix shares roots with the Toyota Corolla as well as Successor xB, and Pontiac markets a related hatchback in the Vibe.
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 offers a healthy and balanced 158 horse power. A 132-hp four-cylinder comes just on the base version, and guidebook or automatic transmissions are offered with either engine. Right here's exactly how the specs pan out:
My test cars and truck had the 2.4-liter engine, which supplies sufficient low-end torque for quick launches from stops. Pedal-down acceleration generates light torque steer, however it never ever bewilders the driving experience. The five-speed guidebook has a strong, significant feel. It's much like the transmission in the Mazda3, another preferred stick shift of mine, but its throws really feel much more accurate than the Mazda. The Matrix's clutch pedal is light sufficient for sustained rush-hour use, when the freeway removes, 60-to-70 miles per hour velocity is workable in 5th gear and energetic in fourth. Some small autos run out of steam when loaded with individuals, however despite two adult guests in tow, I never felt wanting for even more. In any case, this engine's power really feels eminently more usable compared to the initial Matrix's 170-hp, rev-like-hell 1.8-liter's ever did.
During perky driving, acceleration lag ends up being a concern. Stab the gas pedal to match revs as you downshift, and also the feedback can be warm. At least it's consistent, so chauffeurs will discover how to be patient-- though patience isn't really a coming to be characteristic in a vehicle with performance leanings. A number of today's stick-shift-equipped compacts have the exact same concern, though that doesn't decrease its nuisance.
I didn't drive the 1.8-liter engine, however I have actually driven it in the brand-new Corolla and it's a smooth, if unexciting, powertrain. The Corolla's four-speed automated delays a little bit in kickdown efficiency, nonetheless, so if you're buying a base Matrix with the automated, make certain to see how it makes with freeway passing away.
Four-wheel-disc antilock antilock brakes are common; the Matrix S as well as XRS have a little larger discs compared to the base version. The pedal feels a little bit mushy in the first inch or so of traveling; after that, its feedback is strong, and ABS never ever starts prematurely.
The base Matrix as well as front-wheel-drive S version have an independent front suspension as well as semi-independent, torsion light beam rear. The setup yields reasonably strong collaring with much less body roll than the xB, however the flight becomes a bit uneven over bumpy sidewalk. Splits and also speed bumps elicit unrefined sounds from the back suspension and periodically a rattle or two from the headliner.
At highway rates, roadway and also wind noise are considerable, yet the engine stays inconspicuous. The steering wheel begins to really feel a little bit uneasy around 75 miles per hour, but at slower speeds it maintains a protected, on-center feeling. Turn-in precision goes over: Being a front-wheel-drive car, the Matrix has the tendency to understeer during difficult cornering, however I was amazed by exactly how well it held the line. That precision isn't conveniently noticeable at reduced speeds, where the wheel turns conveniently-- meaning there's a great deal of power assist-- and in some cases really feels a little bit numb.
The XRS and also AWD S trims have a fully independent double-wishbone back suspension, which likely uses an extra refined ride. The XRS includes a strut tower brace under the hood to additionally take care of 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 revised guiding arrangement, the XRS' turning circle is 38.1 feet. Base and also S models turn in 36.0 feet, which seems better for a small auto; the AWD S can be found in at 36.7 feet.
Exactly how it Looks
Toyota didn't transform the wheel with this version; the brand-new face resembles a logical progression from the old model. The lights show up reduced as well as leaner, as well as the bumper's beefy flanks appear on the verge of swallowing what exists between. The aggressiveness fits on this car, as well as it bears some similarity to Toyota's forthcoming Venza crossover.
General size has actually enhanced by less than an inch, as well as ride elevation has to do with half an inch reduced. Unfortunately, the liftgate not integrates the previous version's glass hatch.
Sixteen-inch steel wheels with plastic covers come on the base design and also Matrix S. For its price, the S truly should have alloy edges, yet they're optional. The XRS has basic 18-inch alloys.
True to its origins, the Matrix's cabin has a practical bent, though it feels a lot more polished than the also-utilitarian xB's. Though the dashboard plastics are difficult to the touch, their quality is commendable, with wraparound structures that look rich from any type of distance. The gauges as well as stereo controls have first-rate quality, also, and also panel fit is typically outstanding.
Maybe since there is a lot evident top quality there, the cabin's weak points stand out a lot more. The environment controls are simple however terribly confusing, and the ceiling is a huge cover of computer mouse hair. Toyota had an opportunity to leapfrog the competitors with attributes-- as well as grow out of the old Matrix's standard feeling-- but points like extending sun visors, illuminated vanity mirrors and a back center armrest are still missing. Though uncommon in this class, those sorts of amenities are beginning to pop up occasionally; the Volkswagen Bunny and the upcoming Hyundai Elantra Touring have all three.
The updated JBL stereo in my examination vehicle belted out decent noise, yet it lacks a USB port for iPod assimilation, which Toyota states isn't really also readily available as a dealership accessory. Instead you'll have to make do with a basic complementary jack. The xB has an iPod port standard.
The seats are well-padded, however I thought the material really felt sandpaper-rough in particular locations. I'm a fan of the furrier stuff in the brand-new Corolla; senior editor David Thomas, on the other hand, chose the Matrix's upholstery for its resilience. The Matrix XRS gets its very own sporting activity fabric, which we haven't evaluated out.
Roominess & Utility
Toyota states the seats sit slightly less than previously, but I still located the motorist's seat high for a portable cars and truck. Clearance excels in both rows (I'm about 6 feet tall, as well as my test car did not have the optional moonroof). The inboard side of the control panel, which prolongs down to incorporate the shifter, encroaches on the vehicle driver's legroom. Legroom is better in back.
If agitated energy is your thing, the Matrix comes through in spades. The back lots floor is covered in durable plastic, as are the second-row seatbacks. When the seats are folded up, the freight location ends up being a veritable deck. Rubber strips along the flooring keep freight in place, and also most trims have a fold-flat front traveler seat with a difficult plastic support. Chauffeurs with boatloads of plug-in electronic devices will value the 115V family electrical outlet that's typical on the S and also XRS.
Since this writing, the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security has not collapse tested the Matrix. Basic functions include all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the pole positions and also side curtain air bags for both rows. That's a significant enhancement over the '08 model, which used these features as choices. All 5 seats have head restraints, and active head restraints are basic up front. An electronic security system runs a budget-friendly $250-- contrast that to $450 on the Bunny, $440 on the Quality and $650 on the outgoing Matrix. The system is typical on the Matrix XRS.
Latch child-seat supports are located in the outboard rear seats. Parents will certainly value the plainly significant top-tether supports, obtainable by flipping up plastic covers in the freight flooring behind the seat.
Features & Prices
Leaving out the destination fee, the Matrix begins at $16,190, approximately the same as the outbound version geared up with comparable functions. Major basic features consist of AIR CONDITIONER, a basic CD stereo with an accessory sound jack as well as power mirrors. Power home windows and also locks with remote access run $990. For $18,260, the Matrix S consists of those features in addition to the 2.4-liter engine, a back wiper and even more. All-wheel drive includes $2,140, however it additionally consists of a transmission, which sets you back $1,190 or else.
The Matrix XRS starts at $20,660 as well as has 18-inch edges, a sport-tuned suspension and also a leather-wrapped wheel with audio controls. Many of those features are optional on lesser trims. Other options include a navigating system, a moonroof and also a premium stereo. Cruise ship control runs $250 on any trim.
Completely packed, anticipate the Matrix to top out around $24,000.
Matrix out there
I suspect the Matrix's greatest limitation will be its rate. For the expense of a base version with power accessories as well as cruise control, lots of competitors include alloy wheels, larger engines or far better stereos. The Matrix's freight area contrasts favorably, yet the auto makes no waves in driving dynamics or cabin quality.
The Matrix may inevitably draw those that require maximum energy in a tiny plan, and its flashy character might grab a couple of performance addicts. For those who want a grocery-getter with a bit more freight area compared to their last sedan-- including my grandparents, who own the outward bound Matrix-- there are a lot of competitors that do it for a great deal much less money.