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XRS has fewer options, but they include the upgraded audio and audio/navigation systems
Optional on the S and XRS only are a JBL sound system, satellite radio, a navigation system
Standard features include power mirrors, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and intermittent windshield wipers
The second-generation Toyota Matrix lineup includes a few more technological goodies, but this Toyota 2009 model is still very far from an Acura-like level of feature availability.
The standard features found on the 2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix vary considerably according to trim level. Edmunds reviewers state that those opting for the base version of the 2009 Toyota Matrix will get "air-conditioning, a CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and power mirrors." Perhaps more noteworthy than what's included is what doesn't come standard on the base model of the 2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix; as Edmunds points out, "cruise control, keyless entry and power windows and locks are optional on this version." Cars.com reviewers report that stepping up to the Toyota 2009 Matrix in S trim earns you the privilege of "power windows and locks, cruise control, a fold-flat front passenger seat, keyless entry and a CD stereo," while the "XRS adds a leather-trimmed steering wheel with radio controls."
In addition to the relatively few standard features found on the 2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix, TheCarConnection.com's research shows that a number of options are available, especially on the S and XRS versions. MyRide.com reviewers point out a "touch-screen navigation system" is available for the higher-end versions of the 2009 Toyota Matrix, while "available options for the Matrix Standard include 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels; the All-Weather Guard package—which adds rear seat heater ducts, heated rear view mirror and intermittent rear window wiper; satellite-ready audio unit with six disc changer, MP3/WMA playback and six speakers." Furthermore, Edmunds reports that the options list for the S and XRS includes a "JBL sound system," which Cars.com says offers "decent sound, but it lacks a USB port for iPod integration, which Toyota says isn't even available as a dealer accessory." The 2009 Toyota Matrix's corporate cousin, the Scion xB, "has an iPod port standard," so Cars.com is at a loss to explain why Toyota omits the feature from the 2009 Toyota Matrix.
If high-tech features are your primary interest, you'll be better served by a number of vehicles other than the 2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix.