2009 Toyota Matrix S 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Downsized from an 02 Ford Explorer. Off the bat, the 09 Matrix has greatly exceeded my expectations. First off, I ordered the car with extras: leather seats, 'darker' tinted windows, backup sensor, Perma Plate protectant. Uniquely original design for '09: dramatic outlines all around; SUV to CUV/stationwagon functionality. However, with 17" tires, VSC, AWD, 2.4 liter 158hp engine and 162lb feet torque (double cams), electronic steering, the car slices easily through traffic, and corners like butter. Handles road bumps with a rock solid chassis. Excellent fuel at 20/26 variable plus or minus 3 mpg either way. 5 Star metallic paint! "Black Sand Pearl".
Deceptive from the outside, the Matrix has great cargo capability with the front and back seats folded. I'm 5'11, seating legroom front/back 5 stars. Deep glovebox, Dramatic dash, gated auto, iPod & 115v inputs. With extra leather, comfortable seats! Heated mirrors. VST & TRAC (optional) TPMS lights
Scrap worthless 1 inch deep console! Driver's seat left foot hump! Reposition armrest on doors. Numerical keyless entry. Lighted vanity mirror is too small. Needs air vent blower behind console. Lighted exterior mirrors (open door).