2009 toyota matrix
The Matrix comes in 3 trim levels: the basic Requirement, a better-equipped S and a sportier XRS. All-wheel drive is optional on the Matrix S.The Matrix shares origins with the Toyota Corolla and Successor xB, and Pontiac markets an associated hatchback in the Ambiance.
I drove a front-wheel-drive Matrix S with a manual transmission.
Exactly how it Steps
Many trim degrees 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 also handbook or transmissions are available with either engine. Here's just how the specifications pan out:
My test vehicle had the 2.4-liter engine, which provides adequate low-end torque for quick launches from quits. Pedal-down velocity creates moderate torque guide, but it never overwhelms the driving experience. The five-speed manual has a strong, substantial feel. It's just like the transmission in the Mazda3, an additional favorite stick shift of mine, but its tosses feel a lot more accurate than the Mazda. The Matrix's clutch pedal is light sufficient for sustained rush-hour usage, and when the freeway removes, 60-to-70 miles per hour velocity is practical in fifth equipment and energised in fourth. Some small cars run out of steam when packed with people, yet despite having two grown-up travelers in tow, I never ever really felt desiring for even more. In any case, this engine's power feels eminently extra usable compared to the initial Matrix's 170-hp, rev-like-hell 1.8-liter's ever before did.
Throughout spirited driving, acceleration lag becomes a problem. Stab the gas pedal to match revs as you downshift, and the action can be warm. At least it corresponds, so vehicle drivers will certainly discover how to be patient-- though persistence isn't really a becoming quality in a cars and truck with performance leanings. A number of today's stick-shift-equipped compacts have the same problem, though that does not minimize its annoyance.
I didn't drive the 1.8-liter engine, however I've driven it in the brand-new Corolla as well as it's a smooth, if uninteresting, powertrain. The Corolla's four-speed automatic delays a little bit in kickdown performance, however, so if you're acquiring a base Matrix with the automatic, make sure to see how it performs with freeway passing away.
Four-wheel-disc antilock anti-skid brakes are typical; the Matrix S and also XRS have slightly bigger discs than the base version. The pedal really feels a little bit squishy in the very first inch or so of traveling; then, its reaction is solid, and also ABDOMINAL MUSCLE never ever starts prematurely.
The base Matrix as well as front-wheel-drive S version have an independent front suspension and semi-independent, torsion beam of light back. The arrangement returns sensibly solid cornering with less body roll compared to the xB, yet the flight comes to be a little bit choppy over bumpy sidewalk. Holes and also speed bumps generate unrefined noises from the rear suspension and also sometimes a rattle or two from the headliner.
At highway speeds, roadway and wind noise are significant, yet the engine stays inconspicuous. The steering wheel starts to feel a bit skittish around 75 mph, however at slower rates it keeps a secure, on-center feeling. Turn-in precision is impressive: Being a front-wheel-drive car, the Matrix has the tendency to understeer during tough cornering, but I was shocked by how well it held the line. That accuracy isn't readily apparent at reduced speeds, where the wheel turns easily-- implying there's a great deal of power aid-- and also in some cases feels a little bit numb.
The XRS and also AWD S trims have a completely independent double-wishbone back suspension, which likely provides a much more refined flight. The XRS includes a strut tower brace under the hood to even more handle body roll, and also its 18-inch alloy wheels overshadow those on less-expensive trims. My tester came with 16-inch steel wheels.
Because of a changed guiding arrangement, the XRS' turning circle is 38.1 feet. Base and S versions turn in 36.0 feet, which seems better for a portable vehicle; the AWD S can be found in at 36.7 feet.
Just how it Looks
Toyota didn't transform the wheel with this version; the new face appears like a sensible progression from the old version. The lights appear reduced and also leaner, as well as the bumper's chunky flanks appear on the verge of swallowing exactly what exists in between. The aggressiveness fits on this automobile, and also it bears some resemblance to Toyota's honest Venza crossover.
General size has actually increased by less than an inch, and also ride height is about half an inch reduced. Regretfully, the liftgate no more incorporates the previous model's glass hatch.
Sixteen-inch steel wheels with plastic covers come on the base design as well as Matrix S. For its cost, the S really should have alloy edges, but they're optional. The XRS has typical 18-inch alloys.
Cabin High quality
True to its origins, the Matrix's cabin has an utilitarian bent, though it really feels more polished than the also-utilitarian xB's. Though the control panel plastics are difficult to the touch, their high quality is commendable, with wraparound structures that look rich from any kind of range. The determines as well as stereo controls have premium high quality, also, as well as panel fit is generally excellent.
Probably due to the fact that there is so much apparent quality there, the cabin's weak points attract attention even more. The climate controls are easy however awfully cumbersome, as well as the ceiling is a substantial cover of computer mouse fur. Toyota had an opportunity to leapfrog the competition with functions-- and also outgrow the old Matrix's basic feel-- however points like extending sun visors, brightened vanity mirrors as well as a back center armrest are still missing. Though uncommon in this course, those kind of facilities are starting to turn up here and there; the Volkswagen Rabbit as well as the upcoming Hyundai Elantra Touring have all three.
The upgraded JBL stereo in my test car vocalized respectable sound, however it does not have a USB port for iPod integration, which Toyota says isn't really also available as a dealer device. Rather you'll need to use a basic complementary jack. The xB has an iPod port criterion.
The seats are well-padded, yet I thought the material felt sandpaper-rough in particular locations. I'm a follower of the furrier stuff in the brand-new Corolla; senior editor David Thomas, on the other hand, liked the Matrix's upholstery for its toughness. The Matrix XRS gets its very own sporting activity fabric, which we have not tested out.
Roominess & Energy
Toyota says the seats sit a little lower than previously, however I still found the vehicle driver's seat high for a compact cars and truck. Clearance excels in both rows (I have to do with 6 feet high, and my examination cars and truck did not have the optional moonroof). The inboard side of the control panel, which prolongs descending to integrate the shifter, encroaches on the motorist's legroom. Legroom is much better in back.
If rough-and-tumble energy is your thing, the Matrix comes through in spades. The back tons flooring is covered in long lasting plastic, as are the second-row seatbacks. When the seats are folded, the cargo location ends up being a genuine deck. Rubber strips along the flooring maintain freight in position, and most trims have a fold-flat front passenger seat with a tough plastic backing. Chauffeurs with tons of plug-in electronics will appreciate the 115V household outlet that's basic on the S as well as XRS.
As of this writing, the Insurance policy Institute for Freeway Safety and security has actually not crash checked the Matrix. Standard functions consist of all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and also side curtain airbags for both rows. That's a significant enhancement over the '08 model, which offered these attributes as alternatives. All five seats have head restraints, and also active head restrictions are typical up front. An electronic security system runs a cost effective $250-- compare that to $450 on the Bunny, $440 on the Quality as well as $650 on the outbound Matrix. The system is common on the Matrix XRS.
Latch child-seat anchors lie in the outboard back seats. Moms and dads will certainly appreciate the clearly significant top-tether anchors, obtainable by turning up plastic covers in the cargo floor behind the seat.
Features & Rates
Omitting the destination charge, the Matrix begins at $16,190, roughly the like the outward bound version furnished with comparable functions. Significant typical features include AIR CONDITIONING, a basic CD stereo with an accessory audio jack and also power mirrors. Power home windows as well as locks with remote access run $990. For $18,260, the Matrix S includes those attributes together with the 2.4-liter engine, a rear wiper and also more. Four-wheel drive adds $2,140, yet it likewise consists of an automatic transmission, which sets you back $1,190 otherwise.
The Matrix XRS starts at $20,660 and features 18-inch rims, a sport-tuned suspension as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Most of those functions are optional on lesser trims. Other choices consist of a navigation system, a moonroof and also a costs stereo. Cruise ship control runs $250 on any type of trim.
Totally packed, anticipate the Matrix to peak around $24,000.
Matrix in the marketplace
I suspect the Matrix's greatest limitation will be its price. For the cost of a base design with power devices as well as cruise ship control, lots of competitors throw in alloy wheels, larger engines or better stereos. The Matrix's freight location contrasts favorably, yet the auto makes no waves in driving characteristics or cabin high quality.
The Matrix may inevitably attract those that need optimum energy in a tiny plan, and its stylish personality might grab a few efficiency addicts. For those who want a grocery-getter with a bit a lot more cargo room than their last sedan-- including my grandparents, who own the outgoing Matrix-- there are a great deal of competitors that do it for a whole lot much less money.