New Toyota Matrix 2009 2010 Reviews

New Toyota Matrix 2009 2010 Reviews

Toyota Matrix is a near-twin of the Pontiac Vibe. Both have easy cabin access, a roomy rear seat, and good cargo versatility. Both available four-cylinder engines provide impressive fuel economy. Engine and road noise levels are high. The Matrix isn't engaging to drive, but handling and ride are competent. ESC is standard for 2010. The driving position is awkward, and fit and finish is unimpressive. With big SUVs quickly losing favor in the market, consumers are looking to make do with small cars. Luckily there are cars like the redesigned Matrix, which make great alternatives to the traditional SUV. While its outward appearance is quite compact, the Matrix is surprisingly roomy inside. The rear seat is usable for two adults, and the cargo space is more than adequate. For larger items, the rear seats easily fold flat providing a uniform hard plastic surface for easy loading. In addition to offering a very usable interior, the Matrix is quite fun to drive with responsive steering and impressive handling, owed partly to the available all-wheel drive. With its fresh styling and great versatility, the Matrix (or its Pontiac Vibe twin) should definitely be considered by those looking to get out of a bigger SUV.

Basic Results: (vs. wagons)
Retail Price (MSRP): $16,550 (average: $29,166)
Fuel Economy (City): 26 mpg. (average: 18.91 mpg.)
Cargo Volume: 19.8 cu. ft. (average: 27.42 cu. ft.)
Standout Results: (vs. wagons)
Fuel Economy (Highway): 32 mpg. (average: 26.34 mpg.)
Front Headroom: 40.5 in. (average: 39.26 in.)
Power to Weight Ratio: 21 lb/hp (average: 17.26 lb/hp)
NHTSA Rear Side Crash Test: 4 star(s) (average: 4.51 star(s))

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