2009 Toyota Matrix User Reviews

2009 Toyota Matrix Review Ratings

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  • 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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"ride" 4 reviews
"big space" 3 reviews
CONS
"small window" 2 reviews
"hood" 2 reviews

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2009 Toyota Matrix S Review
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3

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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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ddfreed writes:
2009 Toyota Matrix Base Review
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5

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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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Jay writes:
2009 Toyota Matrix Base Review
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Tachometer, Power Windows & Locks, Key less Entry, Tilt-telescopic Steering Wheel, Air, Cruise, CD/Mp3/WMA Player with Auxiliary Input, Heated Mirrors, Height-adjustable Driver's Seat, "Matrix"-etched  Scuff Plates, Rear-mounted Spoiler, Fog Lights, Splash Guards, Color Keyed Door Handles

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Hood Deflector

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The Matrix For The Masses — We have the base Matrix with Touring Package. Including: 4 spd Auto Transmission, Tachometer, Power Windows & Locks, Key less Entry, Tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Air, Cruise, CD/Mp3/WMA Player with Auxiliary input, Heated Mirrors, Height adjustable driver's seat, scuff plates with Matrix etching, Rear-mounted spoiler, fog lights, hood deflector, splash guards, color keyed door handles, Rust Check included. Acceleration in moderate-good, but nothing like our old Vibe GT, (that car would go 80 Km/h in 1st gear and it was a 6 speed manual). Braking and handling are both very good-excellent. It's a Toyota, so the build quality in never an issue. The appearance, in my opinion, has vastly improved. Where the Vibe was my initial favorite, with the Matrix seeming to conservative (on their inception), the Matrix now wins (in all avenues, for that matter) hands down. Mileage, as of yet is not as good as promised, but we'll see as the engine breaks-in properly. Again, being a Toyota, it is not foreseen that there will be any maintenance issues. This car is definitely fun to drive, the suspension feels tight and easily manageable on these horrible Nova Scotia roads, but not too harsh. This is a perfect car for anyone who has one or two small children. There is plenty of room in the rear passenger cabin to put a booster seat for our oldest, and a "Latch System" removable car seat for our infant. Then, though there is little-to-no no room left in the back seat for passengers, there is plenty of room in the hatch back for all of our supplies for the weekend trips to Grammy and Grampys' house. (i.e. Diapper bag, luggage for 4 people, toys for the baby and toys for big sister and even Daddy)

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ophelious writes:
2009 Toyota Matrix Base Review
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4

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Build Quality
Stylish
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Commuting

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Rear Blind Spots
Toyota Recalls
Wheel Rims

ophelious
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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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jckmuzak writes:
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4

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Looks, room, gas mileage, hatchback

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None so far from test driving it

jckmuzak
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Great Car - Only Test Driven It — Toyota is a great value brand that keeps it value over time. I like the Matrix because of its look, room in the back to haul stuff in, gas mileage, and the fact it is a hatchback without it looking like a van.

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Chris writes:
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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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Kitward24 writes:
2009 Toyota Matrix Base Review
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5

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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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bASSmAN17 writes:
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4

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

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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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nicola writes:
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styling, roominess, safety, reliability and comfort

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none

nicola
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I Love My Car — I love my car. I especially like the safety rating the Matrix received recently. It is roomy, comfortable and enjoyable to drive. I love the exterior design and the metallic blue paint. I think the car is fun to drive, and I often put in a favorite CD and go for a pleasure ride. I would definitely recommend the Matrix to a friend.

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Jay writes:
2009 Toyota Matrix Base Review
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5

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Air, Cruise, Power Windows/Locks, Tilt-Telescopic Steering, Heated Mirrors, CD/Mp3/WMA with Auxiliary Input, 16" Alloys, "Matrix"-etched Scuff Plates, Fog Lights, Hood Deflector, Rear-mounted Spoiler, Auto-off/on Headlights, Comfortable Seats, Driver's Side Height Adjustable Seat, Fits Car Seat and/or Booster Seat In Back, Auto Transmission

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Auto Transmission, Hood Deflector

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A Matrix For The Masses — * Performance – acceleration is not extraordinary, but sufficient considering the 1.8L engine. Braking is better than average, smooth, vibration free. Handling is exceptional, though the suspension is not upgraded as in the XRS. * Build Quality – hasn't needed repairs, but it is still quite new. However, Toyota's quality lends itself nicely to trouble free driving. * Appearance – interior styling has definitely improved over past versions. Love the CD/Mp3/WMA player with Auxiliary input jack. The exterior styling has far-surpassed its predecessors. In its first iteration, the Matrix did nothing to entice me (unlike the first Vibe). However, the '09 beats the old Martix and both the new and old Vibe, hands down. * Cost of Ownership – gas mileage seems to be fair. The engine has not fully "broken-in" yet, and mileage should improve notably then, but we still get 30 miles to the gallon. Maintenance does not seems to be much of an issue as of yet. Though dealer service may add up quickly. * Fun Factor – is this car fun to drive? Without a doubt. Top 5 of all the cars I have driven in. 1 - 2000 Honda S2000 2 - Acura Integra Type-R 3 - 1989 Toyota Supra Turbo 4 - Pontiac Vibe GT 5 - 2009 Matrix

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2003 Toyota Matrix Reviews

Excellent Commuter By Billw1965

Drives great and excellent designed interior. Fuel efficiency is a huge bonus with the manual transmission. Great handling and power for a 4 cylinder. Negative ground effects in front and rear gives p... Read More

Mines Got 300,000 Kms On It!!!!!! By nizzyo

i bought my 2003 toyota matrix off the showroom floor. its great. maintaning the car is too easy. the performance is soo good sometimes i think ive got corvette zr1 engine in it. ive got probably 5 sp... Read More

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2004 Toyota Matrix Reviews

Well-built, Stylish, Sporty With Excellent Fuel Economy. By herkyfred

Thoroughly enjoyed this car. Regular maintenance resulted in reliability and cost savings at the end of the day. Had absolutely no major mechanical or engine problems. Car has performed in an excellen... Read More

Basic Hatchback By Stephen

Basic car that I paid 4,800 for and it has been very reliable. It has decent power, good gas mileage and low maintance costs. Peformance wise, its not bad for a little hatchback, it handles well, good... Read More

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2005 Toyota Matrix Reviews

Great Family Car Or For Someone Who Likes To Have A Lot Of Room. By bmakick

The Toyota Matrix has some good pick up, and offers a lot of room and good gas mileage at a great price. Toyota'a are built to last, and this car will definitely be going years down the road. Very nic... Read More

Dependable By crazycanuckfore

Dependable, standard not my favorite clutch work in traffic is annoying. Drove it to Phoenix from central canada and it was more comfortable than I thought it would have been. It did struggle in the m... Read More

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2006 Toyota Matrix Reviews

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

Zippy Ride By Beckster99

This is a great fun car to drive, awesome gas mileage. Perfect for a small family, student or just about anyone! You can't go wrong with a fun zippy ride for the right price! Has a lot of cargo spac... 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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