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2008 Toyota Matrix

2009 Subaru Forester

  2008 Toyota Matrix STD 2009 Subaru Forester
MSRP
$15,510
$19,995
Invoice $14,346 $18,938
MPG
City/Highway
25/33 19/27
Rating
6.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line The 2008 Toyota Matrix still has one of the best combinations of utility and fuel efficiency, though it lags in safety features. Read Full Review It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition. Read Full Review
Likes &
Dislikes

Likes:

  • Versatile layout
  • Easy to maneuver and park
  • Smooth ride

Dislikes:

  • Lacks enough pep for hills or full loads
  • Engine and road noise
  • Interior materials feel cheap
  • Safety features are expensive options

Likes:

  • Improved styling
  • Reduced interior noise
  • All-wheel drive
  • Carlike handling

Dislikes:

  • Still not a great-looking machine
  • No manual gearbox on turbo models
  • Only four speeds on automatic
  • Lots of silver plastic in the cabin
Crash Test Ratings
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