2009 Toyota Matrix S Blue Streak Metallic FWD 5-Speed 2.4L I4 SMPI DOHCAwards:* 2009 KBB.com Brand Image AwardsReviews:* Performance-oriented drivers will enjoy the 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS trim level’s combination of precise steering feel, sports-tuned suspension and grippy ultra-high-performance all-season tires. Rear seats in all models easily accommodate two adults, or the seats can be folded to provide a large cargo area. Source: KBB.com
The 2009 Toyota Matrix comes in three different trims: base, S, and XRS. All three levels come with standard front-wheel drive, but the S can be optioned with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A 132-horsepower, 1.8L four-cylinder engine is standard on the base and S models, while all-wheel-drive (AWD) S models and XRS models get a more powerful 2.4L four that makes 158 horsepower and a noteworthy 162 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have a VVT-i (variable valve timing with intelligence) system, which helps improve engine response throughout the rev range while also improving fuel efficiency. Three different transmissions are offered on the Matrix. Models with the 1.8L engine, along with S AWD models, can be specified with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, and XRS models can be had with either the five-speed manual transmission or a new five-speed automatic that has a sport mode, allowing manual selection, gear by gear, when desired. The all-wheel drive system that's available in the S trim uses active torque control, which analyzes signals from the anti-lock braking system to help distribute torque to the wheels where it's needed most. Under normal driving, the system sends power to the front wheels for optimal fuel efficiency. EPA fuel economy figures for the Matrix range up to 26 city, 32 highway for the 1.8L with manual transmission and 21 city, 29 highway for the 2.4L with the five-speed automatic. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution are now standard across the Matrix model line, while electronic stability control is standard on the XRS and available as an option on the other models. The Matrix's interior has been reconfigured to allow more storage options, including trays with rubber mats, four cup holders, cargo-area tie-downs, and a folding tonneau cover. Base Matrix models include air conditioning, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, a heavy-duty rear defogger, color-keyed outside mirrors, and intermittent wipers. S models add commonly standard equipment such as power locks and windows, cruise control, an intermittent rear wiper, remote keyless entry, fog lamps, and a CD sound system with six speakers and MP3 compatibility. A 115-volt power outlet and fold-flat front passenger seat are also included. Top-of-the-range XLS models bring 18-inch alloy wheels, a strut-tower brace for sportier handling, electronic stability control, and a three-spoke steering wheel with integral audio controls. Options on the base model include 16-inch alloy wheels, power heated outside mirrors, and several other standard features from the S. Options on the S include 17-inch alloy wheels and a power moonroof. AWD S models can be specified with a Sport package that includes underbody spoilers and fog lamps.