2009 Toyota Matrix XRS

Don Sherman Jeffrey Jablansky
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The Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe was a decent car in its day, but to me it feels and looks slightly dated, even though it was redesigned not that long ago. It drives well enough, with a reasonably powerful engine mated to a decent manual transmission, but its suspension tuning leaves a lot to be desired as it wallows over even the slightest of road imperfections. The hatchback/wagon body style is useful, but there are a lot of other cars on the market, from the Mazda 3 hatch to the Hyundai Elantra Touring, that are more thoughtfully designed for hauling, are competitively priced, and drive much better to boot.

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