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2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix S

At a Glance

Pricing $16,190 - $21,850
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 1.8l I4, 2.4l I4
Transmissions A4, A5, M5
Fuel Economy 20-26 (city), 26-32 (highway)

Overview Information

Though the name sounds trendy, the Matrix has proven that practical small cars can sell very well in the U.S. market. The Matrix is built alongside the Pontiac Vibe in California. A standard 132-bhp 1.8L I-4 drives the front wheels in the base models; whereas a larger displacement 2.4L four-cylinder rated at 158-bhp is found in higher trim levels. A five-speed manual is standard on all models except those with AWD. The versatile 5-door body style features a large hatch to provide access to a cargo area finished in a hard durable plastic for utility. With its ample cargo room, head-curtain side airbags, and choice of engines, the Matrix is a great combination of practicality, safety, and performance.

What Changed:

The second generation Matrix features a new profile with a lower roofline. The side profile is substantially different and features a thick c-pillar where the prior model had more glass and the look of a small wagon. Aside from the reduced height, all other measurements are virtually the same. Engine options include a 1.8L I4 rated at 132-bhp, and a 2.4L rated at 158-bhp. All-wheel-drive returns to the lineup after a brief absence.

Official Word:

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., unveiled the all-new second-generation Corolla Matrix at a press conference today at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The Toyota Matrix, the sporty five-door vehicle that helped redefine the concept of a crossover utility vehicle, has been redesigned for the 2009 model year to offer performance that matters for driver enjoyment. "The Matrix concept was based on blending the functionality of an SUV, the style, image and performance...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Corolla Matrix Standard 1.8l I4 (132-bhp) M5 FWD 26/32/29 $16,190
Corolla Matrix Standard 1.8l I4 (132-bhp) A4 FWD 25/31/28 $17,000
Corolla Matrix S 2.4l I4 (158-bhp) M5 FWD 21/28/24 $18,260
Corolla Matrix S 2.4l I4 (158-bhp) A5 FWD 21/29/25 $19,450
Corolla Matrix S 2.4l I4 (158-bhp) A4 AWD 20/26/23 $20,400
Corolla Matrix XRS 2.4l I4 (158-bhp) M5 FWD 21/28/24 $20,660
Corolla Matrix XRS 2.4l I4 (158-bhp) A5 FWD 21/29/25 $21,850