2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix XRS New Car Reviews

The restyled Matrix stays true to its functional urban hatchback roots.
The driver gets a pretty cool cockpit. A manual transmission is available, though we tested an automatic.
The Matrix's 2.4-liter inline four is borrowed from the Camry; that bodes well for junkyard parts availability 15 years from now.

Better than: Corolla XRS
But not as good as: Mazda 3
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 71.39  

Fresh for the 2009 model year, the Toyota Corolla Matrix XRS is evidence of the new car market's changing landscape. This Matrix has grown a bit bigger than the earlier models, and for the most part we liked the added utility of the expanded cabin.

Aside from the sheet metal, the most noticeable update is the new driveline. It features the same 2.4-liter engine found in the Camry. This new engine doesn't offer the high-rpm zing of the early model, replacing it with adequate torque. The new configuration makes the 2009 Matrix a whole lot easier to hustle along than the last model we tried, but it doesn't quite match the sporting capability of a Mazda 3 or base MINI Clubman.


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Reader Comments:

jezeus
jezeus Reader
Oct. 12, 2008 10:06 p.m.

Are these the correct pictures? I thought 09 was redesigned?

4eyes
4eyes Dork
Sept. 2, 2009 2:16 a.m.

has this got the same 2.4 as the Scion? If so, has anyone put the supercharger on one?

Tom Heath
Tom Heath UberDork
Dec. 10, 2013 12:00 a.m.

Fresh for the 2009 model year, the Toyota Corolla Matrix XRS is evidence of the new car market's changing landscape. This Matrix has grown a bit bigger than the earlier models, and for the most part we liked the added utility of the expanded cabin.

Aside from the sheet metal, the most noticeable update is the new driveline. It features the same 2.4-liter engine found in the Camry. This new engine doesn't offer the high-rpm zing of the early model, replacing it with adequate torque. The new configuration makes the 2009 Matrix a whole lot easier to hustle along than the last model we tried, but it doesn't quite match the sporting capability of a Mazda 3 or base MINI Clubman.

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2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix XRS Specs:

Drivetrain Layout:
Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Engine:
2.4 liter Inline-4
Horsepower:
158 bhp at 6000 rpm
Torque:
162 lb.-ft at 4000 rpm
Transmission:
automatic
Suspension:
MacPherson strut front; double-wishbone rear
Wheels:
18x7.0-in.
Tires:
215/45R18
Brakes:
disc (front)
disc (rear)
Weight:
3221 pounds
Price:
Base: $21850
As tested: $24759
MPG:
EPA City: 21
EPA Highway: 29

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