2009 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Good Car
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2009 Toyota Matrix Hatchback - Consumer Review

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By twocruzin on

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2009 Toyota Matrix S 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

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Have had the car for four months now and it's working out very nice. It now has over 7k miles on it and we just got back from a 4k trip. Gas mileage on the trip ranged from 27 on very hilly interstate to over 33 on flat interstate all with A/C on. At home we consistently get 30 to 32. We like the higher profile of the car and the ease of getting in and out. The headrests are a problem for short people (5') as we've had to turn one around to accommodate my wife otherwise it pushes into her head. We don't care for the low profile tires as they ride rather hard on the country roads where we live if inflated to recommended pressure (32 psi). They're better at 30. Like the 17" wheels though.

Best Features

Multiple height adjustment for driver's seat. Power from the 2.4 engine and the gas mileage. Better than the EPA sticker. Cargo room even with back seats up. Held a lot on our trip. XM radio is great. Mudguards and cargo mat purchased as accessories, but well worth it.

Worst Features

Make headrests with tilt adjustment forward and back (like my Camry has). Provide cargo mat for rear area (ended up buying it to keep things from sliding around on the plastic floor).
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