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2009 Toyota Matrix
2009 Toyota Matrix
Available Price Range $4,964-$11,396 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 23-29 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2009 Toyota Matrix

Our Take

Toyota's Matrix gets a redesign for the 2009 model year that gives the hatchback a new look inside and outside, plus a choice of two four-cylinder engines. Available in February 2008, Matrix competitors include the Kia Spectra5, the Mazda3 and the related Pontiac Vibe.The new Matrix strikes ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Base model sparsely equipped
  • No USB plug for stereo
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Some cheap controls
  • Rear visibility
  • Choppy suspension (Standard and S)

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2009
  • 132-hp or 158-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available AWD
  • Heavy-duty cargo floor
  • Available stability control


Our Expert Reviews

If you were to think of the Toyota compact crossover Matrix in people terms, it would be the spiked-hair youngster to its more mature sibling, the Corolla sedan.The Matrix and the Corolla are kin under their noticeably different skin, so they share many similarities while remaining targeted at different customers. The Matrix shares the Corolla's 102.4-inch wheelbase and most mechanical com... Read full review for the 2009 Toyota Matrix

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by Jhay from Rock Hill, SC on September 11, 2008

I've had my Maxtrix S model (Automatic) for four months now and am very satisfied with it. It is comfortable, has adequate performance and has a roomy, versatile interior. Gas mileage is steady at 33m... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 8 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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