Though mechanically similar to the Pontiac Vibe, the 2009 Toyota Matrix has different styling inside and out, as well as some minor differences in equipment.
Its exterior styling in particular is smoother and cleaner, without overtly flared wheel wells like the Vibe.
In nearly all other attributes, the two vehicles are virtually identical.
The Spectra also stands out for its long warranty, especially its ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.
The Subaru Impreza hatchback is also a worthy alternative to the Matrix; though it's somewhat more expensive, the Impreza has standard all-wheel drive, a torquey flat-four engine, and an enviable safety and reliability record.
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|2009 Toyota MatrixBrowse Used Listings||2009 Pontiac VibeBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas L4||Gas I4|
|Small Station Wagon||Compact Passenger Car||Compact|
|5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (GS)||4-Door HB FWD w/1SA||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Wagon||4 Door Compact Car||4 Door Sedan|