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Saturday, August 2, 2008

2009 Toyota Matrix

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With the release of the new 2009 Corolla, Toyota is also introducing an all-new Matrix, which shares many of the same components as the Corolla.

However, the Matrix diverges from the Corolla in its sporty attitude.

"The Matrix concept was based on blending the functionality of an SUV, the style, image and performance of a sports car with the affordability of a subcompact sedan," said Tim Morrison, Toyota Division corporate marketing manager. "For 2009, it's all that, and more. It may have the body of a five-door hatch, but it comes with the soul of a two-door sports car."

The all-new Matrix is already on sale at Toyota dealerships and is available in three different trim levels: Standard, S and XRS.

All-wheel drive is available on the S model. Engine choices are the same 1.8-liter and 2.4-liter four-cylinder options found in the Corolla.

Quick Facts:

1. Matrix gets complete redesign for 2009 model year.
2. New model is already available at Toyota dealerships.
3. Engine choices are 1.8-liter or 2.4-liter four-cylinder models.
4. Matrix shares its platform with Toyota Corolla and Pontiac Vibe.