2009 Toyota Matrix Customer Reviews

Overall Rating

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24 Customer Reviews
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What customers liked
Fuel Economy, Cost to Maintain, Reliability
What they didn't
Power, Cabin Noise, Fuel Economy

Fun and practical car

This is a fun drive. You get a lot of zip with only 4 cylinders. It has enough room to comfortably fit my whole family and it has all the storage space I need. Its fuel efficiency is a major plus. I get a little over 30 mpg throughout a typical week for me. I love the Matrix

Would recommend to a friend

2009 matrix S

Great car. Lots of room inside. Ride and pick-up way above average. I don't think I'll be missing my Jeep. Great gas mileage.

Would recommend to a friend

Two thumbs up!

I love my Matrix. It offers a lot more room than any other hatchback. It was reasonably priced and is a great commuter car.

Would recommend to a friend

Matrix does everything for you

I have owned my matrix for about 5 years now. I bought it brand new. It gets about 32-35 MPG. I have the 5-speed manual transmission and it's fun to drive. For hauling stuff it's great because I've put 25 bags of 2 cubic foot bags of mulch in the back without problems. Once you fold down the back seats the car is like driving a small truck. It can take all the beatings and weight and keeps running. Great size for small families. I am also 5'10" and it has a lot of room for the driver and passengers. It does have more leg room than a Tahoe

Would recommend to a friend

Good wagon

I've always been a fan of station wagons for being able to carry a lot of stuff when you need to, but perform well as a car when you don't. For that, I look for the largest volumes of cargo space that get the best mileage, but giving extra points for it being enjoyable to drive. The 2009 Toyota Matrix has a nice, large cargo space, and more importantly it has a back opening large enough to make use of it. Other wagons I looked at had comparable space, but I wouldn't have been able to fit large furniture into them. It gets decent mileage for being a wagon, and while it's no sports car, it accelerates faster than most wagon's I've driven as well, important for getting onto highways with short merge lanes. On top of the utilitarian features, it's also really comfortable to drive in and has nice visibility for all the windows. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a station wagon.

Would recommend to a friend

A Very Good Car, Not Perfect

First, I want to respond to a number of things I read about the Toyota Matrix that almost caused me to not consider it, inluding noisy, clunky, uncomfortable. I have the XRS model, which includes the larger engine, wider tires and a number of other nice features. As small cars go it is quiet. The seating is NOT uncomfortable, and this is from a guy with significant back problems. Considering the small wheelbase the ride is very good. The designers of the Matrix made the inside quite roomy, easily seating 4 - haven't tried 5. Seats are comfortable, although I would like more lumbar support for long trips. Passenger storage is good, but not great, although my opinion improved a lot after my wife discovered the SECOND, LARGE console storage compartment below the first little one. There are two cup holders in front and two in back that are reachable from the front, if necessary. There are also two "water bottle" sized holders in the map pockets that are usable as long as you don't need maps. I didn't like the outside appearance at first, but it's grown on me. It's a very sporty, but heavy look in my opinion. The rear and side view mirrors are plenty large, but there are blind spots I just couldn't eliminate by making adjustments. I purchased an inexpensive stick-on convex mirror for the driver's side mirror which solved my problems. There's plenty of horsepower to easily merge into traffic or accelerate out of a difficult traffic situation. I've been getting 26mpg on the highway(I do confess to a lead foot) which I found disappointing because my '99 Sienna minivan with 34 more horses only gets 2mpg less(same lead foot). The 5-speed automatic transmission works smoothly, but if you are in city traffic it wants to shift up and down way too much. If I switch the shift mode to "S" I can set an upper limit on what gear I'm in which is helpful. Cruise control works very nicely. Handling is very good. It would be great if the steering was a bit quicker and the suspension was a little stiffer. The only other complaint I have is that if I want to get a duplicate key(includes remote locking, unlocking) it would cost me over $300!!. I was able to get a duplicate (no remote capabilities) for $75 from an independent locksmith, but that's still an awful lot of money. Overall, this is an excellent car, and my wife and I are quite happy with it. I can't afford my "ideal" car, but this one comes close at a very reasonable price (not counting the duplicate key!).

Would recommend to a friend

Noisy car

Pros- roomy cargo, comfortable seats, toyota quality. Cons- extremely noisy, lousy radio, bumpy ride.

Would recommend to a friend

Love my new car!

I recently purchased a 2009 Matrix S. I absolutely LOVE the cargo space & the overall everything of the car. It's my first automatic purchase, & the only automatic I've driven regularly since learning how to drive in my Mom's car when I was 16. So the difference in transmission has definitely taken some getting used to, & I have to say I miss the complete control of a standard. However, the Matrix has a nifty little feature that lets you choose when the car shifts into the next gear, so that helps make up the difference. There are a few blind spots & visibility is less than with my previous cars, so I have to check mirrors & look much more than before. But over all this car is great! Packed it to the gills for a week long camping trip a week after I got it & it's the perfect car for that. Getting ready to move & I anticipate it'll handle moving with no problem too. This is a great all around vehicle, which I anticipate having for years & years to come!

Would recommend to a friend

Matrix

The performance on this car is no different than driving the newest model of Matrix. Both the interior and exterior appear as if the car has just been issued from the factory.

Would recommend to a friend

Feels Good, Looks Good

I bought the Matrix last week to be the primary car for my wife and three year-old daughter. We've already had a good chance to break it in on a seven hour road trip for a family reunion, as well as testing out the typical daily commute. We consistently achieved 30mpg on the highway with the A/C blowing and cruise control set on 74mph. The car handles well in traffic and on open road. The ride is fairly smooth, although uneven sections of road seem to be particularly annoying in this car. Bumps are noticeable, but not so much that they're unpleasant. Cargo space and even legroom seem to be sufficient for all of our needs. Storage space in the console is limited, but a huge glove compartment compensates for that. Cup holders are limited (2 in the back and only "bottle holders" in the front) but who buys a car for cup holders? I have to admit that the driver's seat did get a bit uncomfortable after hours on the road, but for normal daily operation it should be fine. I feel secure with my family in this car day in and day out. The Toyota quality and the safety specifications are reassuring. It's also pretty sporty looking in a "sundance orange" color. My wife is thrilled with the car and hopefully will be expressing her gratitude for a long time to come.

Would recommend to a friend

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