2009 toyota Matrix S

2009 toyota Matrix S: The Toyota Matrix has actually always been a practical option-- functional and also resilient, yet ultimately much less amazing than its voguish designing suggests. With its 2009 redesign, the hatchback holds to those origins: A larger engine elevates the performance bar a few notches, however energy is still the name of the game. This cars and truck deserves an appearance, yet with rivals intruding from every side, it does not bring as much to the field as it as soon as did.

2009 toyota Matrix S

The Matrix is available in 3 trim levels: the basic Criterion, 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 as well as Heir xB, and also Pontiac markets a relevant hatchback in the Ambiance.

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

How it Relocations

The majority of trim levels have Toyota's 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which supplies a healthy 158 horsepower. A 132-hp four-cylinder comes only on the base design, and handbook or automatic transmissions are readily available with either engine. Here's just how the specs turn out:

My test auto had the 2.4-liter engine, which gives sufficient low-end torque for quick launches from quits. Pedal-down velocity produces mild torque steer, however it never overwhelms the driving experience. The five-speed handbook has a strong, hefty feeling. It's much like the transmission in the Mazda3, an additional favorite standard transmission of mine, but its throws feel much more accurate compared to the Mazda. The Matrix's clutch pedal is light sufficient for continual rush-hour use, when the highway gets rid of, 60-to-70 mph velocity is practical in 5th gear and also energised in 4th. Some portable automobiles run out of steam when filled with individuals, yet despite 2 adult guests in tow, I never felt wanting for more. Regardless, this engine's power really feels incomparably more usable compared to the initial Matrix's 170-hp, rev-like-hell 1.8-liter's ever before did.

During spirited driving, velocity lag ends up being an issue. Stab the gas pedal to match revs as you downshift, and the response can be lukewarm. A minimum of it corresponds, so motorists will certainly learn to hold your horses-- though patience isn't really a coming to be attribute in a vehicle with performance leanings. A number of today's stick-shift-equipped compacts have the exact same problem, though that does not minimize its inconvenience.

I really did not drive the 1.8-liter engine, yet I have actually driven it in the brand-new Corolla and it's a smooth, if unexciting, powertrain. The Corolla's four-speed automated lags a little bit in kickdown performance, however, so if you're acquiring a base Matrix with the automated, make sure to see just how it does with freeway death.

Four-wheel-disc antilock anti-skid brakes are typical; the Matrix S and XRS have somewhat larger discs compared to the base version. The pedal feels a bit spongy in the very first inch or so of traveling; after that, its response is strong, as well as ABDOMINAL never ever begins prematurely.

The base Matrix and front-wheel-drive S version have an independent front suspension and also semi-independent, torsion light beam rear. The arrangement yields sensibly firm collaring with much less body roll than the xB, yet the trip comes to be a bit choppy over bumpy pavement. Gaps as well as speed bumps evoke unrefined noises from the rear suspension and also periodically a rattle or 2 from the headliner.

At highway speeds, roadway and also wind sound are substantial, yet the engine stays unobtrusive. The guiding wheel starts to really feel a bit edgy around 75 miles per hour, however at slower rates it keeps a protected, on-center feeling. Turn-in accuracy is impressive: Being a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the Matrix tends to understeer during hard cornering, however I was stunned by how well it held the line. That accuracy isn't easily apparent at lower rates, where the wheel turns easily-- meaning there's a great deal of power assist-- and often really feels a little bit numb.

The XRS as well as AWD S trims have a fully independent double-wishbone rear suspension, which likely uses an extra refined trip. The XRS includes a strut tower brace under the hood to even more manage body roll, and its 18-inch alloy wheels eclipse those on less-expensive trims. My tester featured 16-inch steel wheels.

Due to a modified steering arrangement, the XRS' turning circle is 38.1 feet. Base as well as S versions 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 change the wheel with this version; the new face appears like a rational progression from the old model. The lights appear lower as well as leaner, as well as the bumper's chunky flanks seem on the verge of swallowing what lies in between. The aggressiveness fits on this vehicle, and also it births some resemblance to Toyota's forthcoming Venza crossover.

General size has actually enhanced by less than an inch, and flight height has to do with half an inch reduced. Regretfully, the liftgate not incorporates the previous design's glass hatch.

Sixteen-inch steel wheels with plastic covers come on the base design and also Matrix S. For its price, the S really should certainly have alloy edges, but they're optional. The XRS has standard 18-inch alloys.

Cabin Top quality

True to its roots, the Matrix's cabin has an utilitarian curved, though it feels a lot more polished than the also-utilitarian xB's. Though the control panel plastics are tough to the touch, their top quality is commendable, with wraparound textures that look abundant from any kind of range. The determines as well as stereo controls have top-notch high quality, as well, and panel fit is generally excellent.

Maybe since there is so much noticeable top quality there, the cabin's weak points stand apart even more. The climate controls are basic however terribly confusing, and also the ceiling is a large canopy of mouse hair. Toyota had a possibility to leapfrog the competition with functions-- as well as outgrow the old Matrix's standard feeling-- but points like extending sun visors, illuminated vanity mirrors and a rear facility armrest are still missing. Though uncommon in this course, those sorts of facilities are beginning to pop up here and there; the Volkswagen Bunny and also the honest Hyundai Elantra Touring have all three.

The upgraded JBL audio system in my test automobile vocalized suitable noise, yet it lacks a USB port for iPod combination, which Toyota states isn't really even readily available as a dealer device. Instead you'll have to use a standard auxiliary jack. The xB has an iPod port criterion.

The seats are well-padded, however I believed the material really felt sandpaper-rough in certain locations. I'm a fan of the furrier stuff in the brand-new Corolla; senior editor David Thomas, on the other hand, favored the Matrix's furniture for its toughness. The Matrix XRS gets its very own sport textile, which we haven't tested out.

Roominess & Energy

Toyota states the seats sit somewhat lower than in the past, but I still found the chauffeur's seat high for a small cars and truck. Clearance readies in both rows (I'm about 6 feet tall, and my examination car did not have the optional moonroof). The inboard side of the control panel, which extends down to integrate the shifter, encroaches on the chauffeur's legroom. Legroom is much better in back.

If rough-and-tumble utility is your point, the Matrix comes through in spades. The back load floor is covered in sturdy plastic, as are the second-row seatbacks. When the seats are folded, the cargo location ends up being a veritable deck. Rubber strips along the flooring keep freight in position, and also many trims have a fold-flat front traveler seat with a difficult plastic backing. Motorists with considerable amounts of plug-in electronics will certainly value the 115V home electrical outlet that's basic on the S and XRS.

Safety and security

Since this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Security has actually not crash examined the Matrix. Typical features include all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the pole positions and also side drape airbags for both rows. That's a major renovation over the '08 model, which provided these attributes as alternatives. All 5 seats have head restrictions, and active head restraints are conventional up front. An electronic security system runs an economical $250-- compare that to $450 on the Bunny, $440 on the Caliber and also $650 on the outbound Matrix. The system is common on the Matrix XRS.

Lock child-seat supports lie in the outboard back seats. Parents will appreciate the clearly marked top-tether anchors, accessible by flipping up plastic covers in the cargo floor behind the seat.

Attributes & Rates

Excluding the location fee, the Matrix starts at $16,190, roughly the same as the outward bound design outfitted with comparable attributes. Significant conventional functions consist of AIR CONDITIONING, a standard CD stereo with an auxiliary sound jack as well as power mirrors. Power windows and also locks with remote entry run $990. For $18,260, the Matrix S consists of those features in addition to the 2.4-liter engine, a back wiper and more. All-wheel drive adds $2,140, however it also consists of a transmission, which sets you back $1,190 or else.

The Matrix XRS begins at $20,660 as well as has 18-inch rims, a sport-tuned suspension and also a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Most of those functions are optional on lesser trims. Various other choices include a navigation system, a moonroof as well as a premium stereo. Cruise control runs $250 on any trim.

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

Matrix in the marketplace

I suspect the Matrix's largest limitation will certainly be its price. For the cost of a base design with power accessories as well as cruise ship control, many competitors include alloy wheels, bigger engines or better stereos. The Matrix's freight location compares positively, but the auto makes no waves in driving dynamics or cabin quality.

The Matrix may inevitably draw those who require maximum energy in a small bundle, and its stylish character might grab a couple of efficiency junkies. For those who desire a grocery-getter with a little bit much more freight space than their last sedan-- including my grandparents, who have the outward bound Matrix-- there are a lot of rivals that do it for a lot less money.