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2009 Toyota Matrix vs. Its Competition

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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 Spectra5 and Mazda3 are arguably more fun to drive than the Matrix, with peppy engine response and a tighter suspension, and similar in overall space—though the Mazda3 has a very tight backseat.

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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Can't make up your mind between coupe, sedan, or SUV? The versatile, economical, and safe 2009 Toyota Matrix might be the solution.
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The small-hatchback competition is growing, but with a new look, upgraded powertrains, and bolstered safety features, the new 2009 Pontiac Vibe should be a top choice.
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The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Gas Mileage  
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas L4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Small Station WagonCompact Passenger CarCompact
Style Name  
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (GS)4-Door HB FWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
5 Door Wagon4 Door Compact Car4 Door Sedan
ManualManualManual w/OD
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