2009 Toyota Matrix S AWD
The 2008 Toyota Matrix's all-wheel drive offers extra grip in slippery conditions. A good navigation system is available, and the car has practical interior space.
You can't get navigation as an option in a Matrix with the upgraded audio system and Bluetooth. The four-speed automatic transmission feels primitive and leads to mediocre fuel economy.
The 2009 Toyota Matrix, when equipped with all-wheel drive, works as a practical car for people living in wintery regions. However, it forces some pricey technology trade-offs and doesn't let you have it all.
10-Jun-2008 10:32 AM PDT