A Closer Look Inside the 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS

A Closer Look Inside the 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS


The 2009 Toyota Matrix has been completely redesigned both inside and out, getting outfitted with all sorts of new goodies for the mini-wagon lover in all of us. The new version of the Matrix appears to be less station wagon-like in nature, taking on an outward profile more like a five-door hatchback. As you know, the Matrix is co-developed with General Motors, the latter of which gets their flavor as the Pontiac Vibe.

I had the chance to sit down with the 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS at the Vancouver Auto Show and while the interior still feels like a Corolla, there are several creature comforts that are actually kind of nice. For instance, the gauge cluster doesn’t have a three circle configuration anymore, going instead of a oval for the far-right cluster. That’s just… weird.

The heating and air conditioning system is controlled through three knobs in the center console, above which you’ll find the controls for the MP3/WMA-loving stereo. To the left of that is a small area labeled as “passenger security.” I think that’s a reminder for seatbelts. Personally, I think the coolest thing is in the lower part of the dash near the shiftknob. There, you’ll find a standard 110V power jack, not unlike the one you’d find in the wall of your home. It’s an inexpensive inclusion, but a welcome one.

The base Canadian MSRP for the 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS is $25,220, before taxes, levies, freight, and PDE.