2009 Toyota Matrix XRS 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
I've owned my 2009 XRX Matrix since the 1st one came into the local showroom in Feb 2008.
I get 27mpg in town & 30-35 on the freeway with the 2.4L engine. I'm 6'3" and have plenty of headroom. I love the smart gears which allow me extra power going up hills or lower gearing for the heavy snows. The storage is great and I've gotten lots of compliments on the rear seats. I love the peppiness and get up and go the car has when getting on the freeway.
Yes, there is a lot of road noise and performance tires needed for the XRS trim are more expensive than regular tires and only last 36K-40K miles at the most.
This is a great car. I plan on keeping it a long time.
It would have been nice for the top of the line XRS to have a power seat and for the front passenger seat to have a raise and lower feature same as the driver seat. It can be hard to see out the back due to limited visibility.
We bought the Matrix because we travel and it had the room we needed and thought it would get the gas mileage we wanted.
Okay-1 out of 2.
But the car is a death trap.
We've had 4 accidents because of the blind spots.
A salesman from Toyota called and asked if I would be interested in trading my car--I told him no one would want it and I wouldn't want to sell this car to an unsuspecting innocent person.
I've had several Toyotas and never had a complaint.
But the only thing I can find positive besides it starting everyday, is the handle to close the hatchback and the abundance of drink holders.
Starting everyday is good!
Drink Holders, Handle on Hatchback.
Plenty of space in the back
I was told they quit making the Matrix--that was the best improvement.
2009 Toyota Matrix XRS 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
I got this car over a year ago to replace my first car, an Oldsmobile that broke down at least once a month. As a young girl in college, I wanted something reliable that also looked nice. I love the unique look of the XRS, the interior is comfy, and everything is easy to use. I know a lot of people aren't happy with the gas mileage in the 2.4L but it's fine for me, I get about 30mpg on the highway. I also LOVE how much space it has; I was able to haul a full-size mattress in it! The only complaint I have is that it's a little cheaply made... the paint flakes off the hood way too easily and the interior scratches very easily. Other than that, no complaints. This car is just what I needed.
I bought this car originally because I wanted to replace my old hatchback with something reliable and fuel efficient. So I went for the 1.8L up until now I had gotten what I paid for. The issues started when I went hit the 50000 mile mark. Since then I have been to the dealership service center over 5 times for major repairs.
All of which are documented in Service Bulletins. The latest issue affects all matrix and corollas with the 1.8L engine and will not be covered after the 60000 mile warranty runs out. They actually have to go in, take apart the engine and replace engine components of the crankshaft assembly. That doesn't seem reliable to me.
I personally like the sound system and fold-flat back seats. The car has a spacious interior and a sleek look on the outside.
The clutch on the manual transmission can be temperamental. I've had the car turn off on me various times when accelerating from a stopped position. There have also been times when the reverse has not engaged properly even when the car is fully stopped and the clutch is fully pressed in.
I swear the thing has damaged my hearing it is so loud.
The door seals are one poor design and allow air to whistle and roar through the car.
Took it back twice and they replaced the seals with no improvement. Finally ran silicon sealant around behind the seal and that has helped a lot.
Tire noise very loud.
Loud gear whine at 35 MPH and You can't shift into reverse without double clutching or hammering the stick.
Both normal per dealer.
Impossible to back up at night.
Stupid automatic headlights can not be turned off and backup lights are too weak.
Gas mileage is poorer than my Camry with same motor and tank is too small.
Max of 300 miles and it's on Empty.
We bought the car because I'd had good luck with my 2003 Camry and because the Matrix has a ton of room for hauling stuff.
Seats fold flat - even the passenger's.
The 2.4 is peppy and the seats are comfortable.
Better door seals.
Better sound insulation.
Some way to override automatic headlights other than leaving the emergency brake on.
Brighter backup lights.
Smaller side mirrors (big blind spot on left makes it hard to see when turning left.)
Better gas mileage.
Tone down the too bright Passenger Security lights.
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