Decked out in a sports-oriented body kit, the 2009 Toyota Matrix S offers performance looks in a conservative and affordable package. Two engines are available with the S. Front-wheel drive wagons are fueled by a 132-hp, 1.8-liter double overhead cam I4. A 5-speed automatic with manual mode or a straight-up 5-speed manual are the transmission choices. The 2009 Matrix S is the only trim to offer optional automatic all-wheel drive. This system gets the more powerful 2.4-liter, 158-hp I4, but is matched only with a 4-speed automatic. It puts out 162 ft-lbs of torque and reduces fuel economy to 22/30 mpg. The AWD also features an independent rear suspension in place of the rear torsion beam in the front-wheel drive model.
Front and rear underbody spoilers, black headlamp housing, foglights, and cloth sport seats hint at the flashier pretensions of the 2009 Matrix S. Adding on to the power mirrors, CD/MP3 player with satellite radio, intermittent front wipers, and tilt and telescopic steering of the base, the S offers up power windows and locks, remote entry, and an intermittent rear wiper. Replacing the 12-volt power outlet in the Base is a 115-volt outlet. Four cupholders serve four passengers. Rear seats fold flat and split 60/40, expanding the trunk to 61.5 cubic feet. A cargo cover is included in the package. A nice upgrade on the S is a fold-flat front passenger seat.
Larger 4-wheel disc and ABS brakes, a tire monitor, 16-inch wheels, and dual front-side and side curtain airbags for all rows are standard safety features. Traction and stability control are optional, along with an auto-dimming rearview mirror and 17-inch alloy wheels. An all-weather package adds heated mirrors. This package is standard on the S AWD. A rear deck spoiler (like on the XRS) is available. Other options include a sunroof, cruise control, and a compass. Unlike the Base, the 2009 Matrix S can add a navigation system with a new real-time traffic satellite feature.