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Car Reviews: 2009 Toyota Matrix

Consumers looking for a reasonably priced car with great gas mileage and the interior features of a higher priced model with be pleasantly surprised with the 2009 Toyota Matrix. Equally diverse, the 2009 Toyota Matrix is a good car for either a single individual or a family, with many other possible uses. With a starting price of $16,290 the 2009 Toyota Matrix is quite environmentally friendly – getting 26 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway.

The performance package on the 2009 Toyota Matrix is superior to most others in this class. Powered by a 1.8 liter, 16 valve, 4-cylinder engine that has a 132 Horsepower output at 6,000 RPM’s, the 2009 Toyota Matrix comes with a standard 5 speed manual transmission and front wheel drive. Independent McPherson strut front suspension, torsion beam rear suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars, and rack-and-pinion power steering provide good handling on most terrains. A 4 wheel anti-lock brake system with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist are more than adequate for sure stopping.

On the interior, the 2009 Toyota Matrix is spectacular for a vehicle in this, or any other class. Starting with the fabric seats and front door trim with armrests and front map pockets, the 2009 Toyota Matrix is obviously made for comfort. 4 way adjustable front seats, a 60/40 fold down rear bench seat, and 4 cup holders make every passenger at ease. A tilt and telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning, and instrumentation consisting of a speedometer, tachometer, and twin trip meters with an outside temperature gauge give the appearance of a luxury car. The audio package on the 2009 Toyota Matrix is outstanding, with an AM/FM stereo with a CD player and MP3 capabilities and 4 excellent speakers.

The exterior of the 2009 Toyota Matrix is handsome from the base up, beginning with the 16 inch steel wheels with full wheel covers. Added to this is the multi-reflector halogen headlamps, color keyed door handles, outside mirrors, and rocker panels to complete a stylish look.

In the area of passenger safety, the 2009 Toyota Matrix is as good as any other car in this class. Driver and front passenger front and side airbags, front and rear crumple zones, and side impact door beams are more than sufficient. The daytime running lights and direct tire pressure monitor system completes the package nicely.

In it’s class and price range, the 2009 Toyota Matrix is an outstanding value, and is highly recommended.