Toyota has recently introduced the new upgraded version of the Matrix that will be available in 2009. The Matrix will be made available to the public three trim levels. The trim levels are the Standard, S and the XRS. The 2009 Toyota Matrix will also offer the choice of all-wheel drive on the new S grade. The 2009 Matrix gives buyers the option of two different engines as well as a new five-speed manual transmission or a four speed transmission or a five speed automatic transmissions.
New engines introduced for the 2009 Toyota Matrix include a 16-valve, 1.8 liter four cylinder motor that will generate 132 hp at 6,000 rpm and 128 pound feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The new 2009 Matrix engine will also have the new Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) on the exhaust camshafts. This will result in much improved vehicle performance as well as much better fuel economy. The gas mileage ratings as reported to the EPA are 26/32 city/highway mpg for engines with a manual transmission and 25/31 for the new automatic transmission version that is powered by a 1.8 liter motor.
If you want more emphasis on power and less on fuel economy, the 2009 Toyota Matrix will offer 16 valve DOHC 2.4 liter four cylinder engine with VVT-i that is said to generate 158 hp at 6,000 rpm and 162 pound feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. 2009 Toyota Matrix versions equipped with the 2.4 liter engine with five-speed automatic transmission will have gas mileage of 21/29 city/highway mpg, according to EPA standards.
The Matrix’s base wheel is a 16-inch steel unit with a six-spoke full wheel cover. A distinctive 17-inch five-spoke aluminum wheel will be available for the S grade, and an 18-inch aluminum alloy wheel with a twin five-spoke design will come standard on the XRS grade.
The 2009 Toyota Matrix will feature standard dual front air bags as well as standard two row side curtain airbags. Also standard are front active headrests.
The new 2009 Matrix model will also have improved brake performance on all available models. Anti lock brakes and are standard on the new 2009 Toyota Matrix models as well. Improved handling is courtesy of the new Vehicle Stability Control and TRAC systems that feature an on and off switch.
Additional standard features included power steering, daytime running lights, intermittent windshield wipers, a line in jack for mp3 players, a 12 volt power outlet and four cupholders. Additional options include an FM CD system with six speakers and mp3 capabilities, spoilers, remote keyless entry, cruise control and power door locks. Eighteen inch allow wheels and sport strut tower braces are also available on the XRS model.
The MSRP for the 2009 Toyota Matrix is $16,190 with manual transmission. The AWS option for the Matrix S will top the $20,000 mark. The top of the line Matrix will have a sticker price of $21,850.