2009 Toyota Matrix
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It's Cute too!

by from Asheville, NC on June 28, 2011

I love my Matrix! With a 40 mile rt commute and weekend traveling to play gigs, I needed to trade my '96 Tacoma (with 240K miles) in on something a bit more... umm... trustworthy. The Matrix is fun to...
I love my Matrix! With a 40 mile rt commute and weekend traveling to play gigs, I needed to trade my '96 Tacoma (with 240K miles) in on something a bit more... umm... trustworthy. The Matrix is fun to drive and has the modern comforts like CD/MP3 player, remote, etc. that all the grownups already have! I have the zippy 2.4 L engine but it still gets 35 MPG on trips. Mine is bright red, so it's kind of cute too. I've had it for 6 months and still have quite a crush on it1
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I truly love this car

by from Captains cove, VA on April 27, 2008

This car is simply fun. I cant think of a more versatile car, with more space and functionality, with better gas mileage. 31 mpg with sport utility space. If gas hits 4 bux a gallon, i have the best p...
This car is simply fun. I cant think of a more versatile car, with more space and functionality, with better gas mileage. 31 mpg with sport utility space. If gas hits 4 bux a gallon, i have the best possible car buy on the market. Get the 1.8 liter engine and the base trim with the power package. It gives you every thing you need. its fun, sporty, and practicle. With a new baby, everything fits in easily. strollers, pack and plays, ... everything. And at the end of the day. its a toyota. In five years... you'll probably get half of what you paid for it in a traid. That allows you to easily move up the car food chain with each toyota purchase.
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Incredible car

by from lincoln ne on June 29, 2011

I have owned this car for 3 years and it is awesome. have had no problems. great gas mileage. fun, sporty, comfortable. easy 4 people ride. traveled 536 miles monthly and had incredible gas mileage......
I have owned this car for 3 years and it is awesome. have had no problems. great gas mileage. fun, sporty, comfortable. easy 4 people ride. traveled 536 miles monthly and had incredible gas mileage...uppper 30s. loved my ac plug!!! could charge the computer, DS, cell phone, etc with no adapter. satellite radio cool. just a comfortable reliable ride for 3 years. my lease is up and i am purchasing the car. wouldn't trade it for the world(:
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love it and 2.4 liter engine and manual makes it

by from san diego on November 28, 2011

Love the matrix s model with 2.4 liter engine. got manual for more fun...Well built and quiet for small car...
Love the matrix s model with 2.4 liter engine. got manual for more fun...Well built and quiet for small car...
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2009 Matrix

by from Norman, OK on April 14, 2013

I am thrilled with the 2009 Toyota Matrix. It handles so well it is effortless. Quiet engine, smooth in every way. Interior great. Couldn't ask for a better vehicle for the price. Very glad I made ...
I am thrilled with the 2009 Toyota Matrix. It handles so well it is effortless. Quiet engine, smooth in every way. Interior great. Couldn't ask for a better vehicle for the price. Very glad I made this purchase. You will, too. The hatchback is fabulous. Great for loading/unloading groceries. Much better than a trunk.
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Great so far...

by from Portland, Oregon on April 22, 2008

Everything is really enjoyable, only minor complaint is a little road noise and feel through the floor. Love it so far...
Everything is really enjoyable, only minor complaint is a little road noise and feel through the floor. Love it so far...
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Awsome !!!

by from Suniside, Fl on January 8, 2014

A little sporty, a lot practical, amazingly reliable. Design is Clean & Simple, Driving is Balanced & Poised. Quick & smooth without being completely lifeless. A sport hatch for the pragmatic.
A little sporty, a lot practical, amazingly reliable. Design is Clean & Simple, Driving is Balanced & Poised. Quick & smooth without being completely lifeless. A sport hatch for the pragmatic.
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Totally happy with the MATRIX...

by from TEXAS on June 9, 2014

Beautiful car, economical and holds the road like glue. The ergonomics are very good, and the 5 speed allows for exceptional hyper mile driving ...!
Beautiful car, economical and holds the road like glue. The ergonomics are very good, and the 5 speed allows for exceptional hyper mile driving ...!
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Practical Vehicle

by 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...
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 33mpg, but I am an "eco-driver", the kind you hate to be behind. My two quibbles with the design are: Shifter is too prominent on dashboard, I am learning not to knock it out of gear when reaching for the radio; and rear quarter visibility not the greatest, but large mirrors help with that. After 15 years in a Toyota MR2, I like the upright seating position. Being 15 years older now makes me appreciate entry and exit ease. I've owned and driven three Toyotas over the past twenty-five years exclusively, reliability has been top-notch. I would never gamble my transportation money on anything else.
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Solid Car with Many Features for the Money

by from Orlando, FL on April 10, 2011

I've had my 2009 Matrix XRS for over a year now, and it has been a great car. I came from an older BMW 3-series and was worried that moving to a Toyota would take some getting used to. In all actualit...
I've had my 2009 Matrix XRS for over a year now, and it has been a great car. I came from an older BMW 3-series and was worried that moving to a Toyota would take some getting used to. In all actuality it really didn't! Like the old Beemer this car feels very solid and drives with the confidence of a much larger vehicle. It is very easy to maneuver and has a nicely weighted steering feel. (Many Toyota's are way too overboosted) My XRS trim has the 2.4L engine which seems much faster than it's bhp and torque figures would suggest. Getting on the highway is a breeze. I've driven the 1.8L version and the gas mileage is a large improvement, but you will pay for it with the extreme lack of power. Even though this is a small vehicle, it weighs about 4000 lbs with the 2.4! I'm very impressed overall with this vehicle. Here are some pros and cons: PROS -QUICK...the 8.69sec to 60 posted on cars.com must be up-hill. I usually get low 7's. -Handles GREAT, very little roll in corners -Rear seat comfort and leg room -Optional JBL Sound system (blows my BMW's H/K away!) CONS -Road noise is almost louder than the JBL Stereo -XRS 18" tires are NOT cheap! -SMALL gas tank (only get 250 miles a tank usually) -Plastic silver "trim" all over dash should be in a Yaris -People will ask you all of the time, "How do you like your Prius?" UGHHHHH!!
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