2009 Toyota Matrix User Reviews

2009 Toyota Matrix Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 17 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"space" 8 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"comfortable car" 4 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
CONS
"small window" 2 reviews
"hood" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews

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2009 Toyota Matrix S Review
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excellent acceleration with 5-speed manual..great space with hatchback ...very nice seats and comfortable..excellent engine with no problems....

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hardware inside kind of cheap and plastic....rubber seals on doors flimsy and cheap....

docnoll
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Good Economical Fast Little Car Which Will Go Forever... — Toyota makes cars that will go over 300,000 miles with very little upkeep.. This is another one in that category...Sharp little car that looks great and very comfortable...Wish the inside didn't have so much plastic and cheap aluminum!!!!!!!!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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good car in snow very good handling  good on gas

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interior is terrible always stained with water spots

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Good Car Overall But Interior Is Terrible!!! — how it handles in the snow and the fuel good on gas and cheap to repair overall but interior needs to be changed constant water spots that don't go away whats the solution?? does any one know email the owner im sure all of us have the same issues

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Great low maintenance car, comfortable, sport like but with a smooth drive. Handles well. Good acceleration for a 4 cyl.

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The seat is too low for me. I'm 5'1" and I need a pillow!

ddfreed
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A Great Dar That Toyota Shouldn't Have Discontinued. — If there had been a little more luxury standard options, it would have been better differentiated from the Yaris and would have been more like a mini Rav4 - which is what I bought it for. I like the cargo space, I like the look -- much less boring than the Corolla and far better quality than the Yaris, I love the gas mileage -- I really don't know why Toyota discontinued it. My biggest complaint is that the seat doesn't go up high enough and I have to use a pillow.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Build Quality
Stylish
Cargo Space
Comfortable Seats
Commuting

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Rear Blind Spots
Toyota Recalls
Wheel Rims

ophelious
105

Versatile Car For Everyday Driving — The Toyota Matrix is a good car for everyday use. Personally, I like the latest (and last) generation for styling (09-up.) It's subjective, but for me the earlier ones aren't quite as sleek and look too much like the Pontiac Vibe (which is to be expected.) With the demise of Pontiac, the last-gen Matrix finally came into its own. The engine has been reliable. Beyond normal maintenance, I haven't had to take it in. I was a little surprised to find that common parts for this car can be annoying to find. Spark plugs, brake pads, and the like generally have to be ordered in to your local auto parts place. It also uses a funny oil filtration system that requires a special wrench. Not a big or expensive deal, but it can be annoying the first time you go to change your oil and find the filter inside of a tube with a crazy cap on it. I don't find it to be under powered but it isn't particularly zippy, either. There is a sport edition available if you're looking for more HP. Toyota has been involved in a lot of recalls of late (at least a lot for Toyota.) The Matrix has a few. It's more annoying than anything, as it shows a decline in build quality as Toyota attempted to save money by outsourcing more components. A major flaw is the alloy wheel rims. It is a common problem on certain years for the wheel rims to bubble up. I think they're painted alloy, and when stones hit and nick the paint water gets in and messes them up. This has happened to all four of my wheels, and based on what I've read, is common at least to the 09 model year. I was also concerned by slight engine surging at idle when the AC is on, but from what I've read it's normal. There is enough room for passengers in the front, with the rear seats better for kids than adults if the seats are pushed back. Seats are a little firm but also offer great support. There is a fold-able rear cup-holder that is handy. The cargo area is a little small, but it has the option for putting the seats flat so transporting bigger things is pretty easy. The controls are ergonomically laid out and easy to reach. They are large and round, easy to manipulate. I like the gauge design, which is red and seen through a round beezle. The automatic shifter is kind of in an odd place. It leaves more room between the seats but I've knocked it out of gear a couple times when reaching over to grab something. The stock stereo in the base model is adequate, but was also the first thing I changed out. Some of the models come with more advanced stereos, but I'm pretty picky about audio. Visibility is fine but the rear corners have blind spots. They put tiny little windows on the sides at the back but they don't help much. Mirrors are important for lane changes. Traction control was optional on the 09 base model. If that is an important feature to you, you should check to see if the one you're looking at has it. TC was more of a standard feature, I think, after the 09. You can also get an AWD version, though they are less common. Gas millage is OK, but for a smallish car with limited HP I'm a little surprised it's not better. I get mid 20's in the city and higher 20's on the highway, close to 30. It uses regular fuel. I feel safe enough in this car. It's not huge, but there are plenty of airbags. I'm sure that's true of most cars these days, but I grew up with cars before they were invented and so it's something I notice. Overall, if you're looking for a smaller car that will provide decent performance with a minimum of mechanical headaches, the Matrix is one to consider. Again, I prefer the 09 and up because it looks different than the Vibe, which I see a lot of around here. It's not a car that is likely to turn heads but neither is it the ubiquitous small sedan. It's like a Corolla for people who can't stand the thought of driving such a boring standard.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Great cargo space, and great economy. Factory stereo is nice and has the AUX input for mp3 players/etc.

Cons

Kinda noisy.

bASSmAN17
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Good Economical Car That Isn't Too Nerdy. — Good overall car. I had a 2007, which I sort of preferred that year's body styling better than the 2009. But alas, some moron totaled it for me (rear damage) and so I was on the hunt for another one. I found the 2009 for about $12k, and it is more refined inside than my old 2007 was. Better interior lighting, comfort, stereo, seats, and the dash has a more "expensive" look to it. But underneath it is the same car. It is a little quieter than the old 2007, but not by a lot. GREAT for hauling stuff. I am a musician, and carry a lot of gear. I couldn't be happier with how much room there is for that sort of thing. Plus, it gets about 35mpg.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tons of room inside and awesome stereo. Even better because its a Toyota!

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none

Kitward24
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Awesome First Car — I love my new matrix. I bought it as my first car but the only thing is i dont have my license yet. But I have driven it and it's awesome! Also the steering is very responsive. I got the base with an auto transmision in carbon grey. ITS SEXY.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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great fuel economy

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stick shift manual trans 5 speed

nelfig54
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Great Car For A Young Man — its a great sporty car. good gas milage. Not the best for inner city driving. If you are in to sports cars but with a low budget this is the car for you. Lots of space for cargo. Great looker

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fairly good reliable performance, good versatility

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not a performance hatch,

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Good Autocross Car For The Money And Reliability And Gas Milage — not enough power, 5 speed shifts smoothly, xrs suspension handles nicely, kept up with a gti and a wrx hatch in an autocross event, good versatility with fold flat seats and hatch. bose sound system in the xrs trim also sounds very nice with a sub in the trunk.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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i really like how it looks, quick off the start, good bass, radio controls on the steering wheel, engine sounds impressive

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sits up high, hubcaps are lame, thats all?

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Its Fantastic — performance- 0-60 in 7.3sec, it stops, havent slid yet build quality- no reapirs, squeeks, or rattles appearance- i like how the exterior looks, and the interior is nice cost of ownership- 25-30mpg(mostly city driving), jsut oil changes and tire rotations for maitence Fun factor- I enjoy it very much

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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economical, sporty and fast

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didn't come in V-6 or V-8

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Awesome Vale For Your Money — It's a great car, have only had it for about a month and have had pretty much no problems with it..it's has the 2.4L engine an it's got tons of power, it's good on fuel and great for road trips.

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2010 Toyota Matrix Reviews

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2008 Toyota Matrix Reviews

I Really Enjoy My Matrix By RobertOMalley

I enjoy my Matrix. This is my first car. I am upset that they have decided to discontinue the model. I believe they are making a mistake unless they replace it with something similar. We will see what... Read More

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Drove this car on a daily basis for close to 5 years. It was a wonderful handling car with plenty of room for the family but enough pep to keep me happy. Fuel mileage was about 29MPG overall, which ... Read More

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2007 Toyota Matrix Reviews

Very Good By Oregonian

Overalll the Matrix was a good car that served us well for the 7 years we owned it. We had no complaints about it except for road noise. It was easy to drive and park. The mileage was decent. It ... Read More

Versatility Wins On Performance By Denis

Got this car although it was not one of my top choices and I'm glad I got convinced! Best versatility and style in it's class in my opinion. Cheap'esk to drive but offers enough fun even for a Toyota.... Read More

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2006 Toyota Matrix Reviews

It Is A Basic Car Has Everything You Need But Not Everything You Would Want By Ahmad

I like this car simply because its a compact hatch back and it is very easy to drive and you don't have too many blind spots and maintenance is very cheap and it gets almost 30mpg so theres some of th... Read More

Useful By CashDog

This is outiftted to tow behind my RV, and it does a good job in that capacity. It is stick shift, which is a pain in city traffic. Good power, good braking, good visabilitiy. It's a nice little ca... Read More

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