2009 Toyota Matrix Top Comparisons

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2009 Toyota MatrixReview
Ovet writes:
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Great vehicle over all nice comfy and great space

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Guru9VY8DQ writes:
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Love it. Roomy. Most comfortable seats Ive ever driven in. Im a tall female and and its hard to find a good fit. Much quieter ride than our 2006 Matrix.

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2009 Toyota Matrix Review
By far dependable, great on gas mileage, great handling, tons of storage, comfort is a+.
vs2009 Pontiac Vibe
2009 Toyota Matrix winning categories:
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  • Handling
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2009 Toyota Matrix Review
Paragould says:
basically the same as the Pontiac Vibe.
vs2009 Pontiac Vibe
2009 Toyota Matrix winning categories:
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  • Family Car
  • Value
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Power Ranked 2009 Pontiac Vibe better.
"should be the same as the Matrix"
Back Seats Ranked 2009 Pontiac Vibe better.
"Should be the same as the matrix"
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2009 Toyota Matrix S FWDReview
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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!!!!!!!!!! The plastic can get scratched easily making the car look old..

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: excellent acceleration with 5-speed manual..great space with hatchback ...very nice seats and comfortable..excellent engine with no problems....

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

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2009 Toyota Matrix S FWDReview
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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

Pros: good car in snow very good handling  good on gas

Cons: interior is terrible always stained with water spots

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2009 Toyota Matrix FWDReview
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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

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

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

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2009 Toyota Matrix FWDReview
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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

Pros: Build Quality
Stylish
Cargo Space
Comfortable Seats
Commuting

Cons: Rear Blind Spots
Toyota Recalls
Wheel Rims

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2009 Toyota Matrix FWDReview
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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

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

Cons: Kinda noisy.

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2009 Toyota Matrix FWDReview
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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

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

Cons: none

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Great car. Great gas mileage. Toyota is a reliable company. Read More

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Great overall no frills vehicle...especially like how it handles.... .good value for the money. Read More

2008 Toyota Matrix Reviews

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Great overall car. Toyota should start making these again. Reliable and very roomy. Very sporty and not an eyesore to look at. Great on mpg. Cons are few . No ABS . No bluetooth and hp is only arou... Read More

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