I bought the Matrix because I heard Toyota was a great car. I owned my Matrix for a month when I noticed paint chips on the hood, roof & back bumper. Took it to the dealership, they had the hood redone & touched up the roof & the bumper. That upset me. I thought it should have been repainted. Mind you I spent the extra 2000 & for the protective coating. One month later it's chipping on the hood & roof again. They sent me to the gentleman who repainted & touched it up the first time. I don't believe it's his fault. They should be dealing with it.
I do like the way it drives.
Paint needs big time improvement. Seats not so comfy & they stain easy. I have the protective product on them to.
This car drives very easily, however the fit and finish is horrible, rattles since day one, tire issue within 1st 3 mos. Toyota service awful, seems very cheap, not worth the price, poor paint quality, paint is chipping off the hood, design looks nice, but the front end needs a redesign to prevent the damage done to it from simple everyday driving.
Steering is very easy, good gas mileage (ave. 33mpg).
Better front end design, ipod connection standard, better fit and finish, better quality paint, better Toyota service (nothing is ever their fault).
I needed an economical, affordable, and reliable car for around town and to commute to work in. The Matrix fits what I need exactly, it's big enough for a child seat in the back seat, has the versatility of a "mini" SUV, is pretty stylish, and is actually fun (enough) to drive every day. The 1.8L with 5 speed won't win any races, but is surprisingly smooth and refined, especially on the highway. I know a lot of reviews on the new Matrix are filled with critics, but I really think it's a great little car for what it tries to be. Our other car is a Lexus, and our 3rd Lexus - the Matrix gauges have the same feel of the new IS, really. Give the Matrix a shot, I'm glad I didn't buy a Civic.
Fuel economy, front styling, practical.
Alloy wheels on base model, better base sound system.
2009 Toyota Matrix S 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Great performance, so far has been reliable. I've enjoyed driving this car. Handles great. Headrest is very uncomfortable, causes pain in the neck and back. A little hard on fuel. Other than that I would say Matrix is a great car, I have a S AWD.
All, except the headrest.
Headrest is extremely uncomfortable. Would like to get better fuel miles.
I actually really like my 09 Matrix S, but I have run into a few problems. My seats spot too easily during rainy weather. There is a blind spot in rear window. Gas mileage is not as great as it could be. My stereo keeps blacking out/powering off and is suppose to be replaced next week.
Performance is great. I love my Sundance color. Dealership staff is always great when I take my car in for service.
Better paint, because it does seem to chip easily. Different seat material to prevent so much spotting. Better stereo system to prevent malfunctions.Better gas mileage. Less of a rear blind spot.