No need to even look at the '09
By Cignal on
2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I have the original '03 XR, loaded, nav, sunroof, 18 inch wheels. Looks great. But the best thing is the mileage. Consistently well over 30 mpg. On a trip to San Diego from Huntington Beach, all freeway, all cruise control, very flat-land trip, right lane, 52 mph, this beauty gave me 41.3 mpg. Not typical, but true. Came w/ factory navigation + 6 CD changer; still cost just over 19K. Great for making service calls and hauling Home Depot stuff. A little weak on HP; I'd rather have the MPG anyway. Had to replace a faulty nav, sunroof motor, both under warranty. No reason to even look at the '09s. Only neg is the inst panel: hard to read in bright sunlight; remedy is to replace all gauges.
MPG, MPG, MPG. Factory navigation and comfort on long rides: LA to Vegas, Phoenix, etc. Great A/C and heater. Lots of rear room.
Touch screen nav (if nav is offered); rear disk brakes and curtain air bags. Leather would be nice but maybe not too practical for service work.