The 2010 Matrix is offered with a choice of fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, including a 1.8-liter that was new for 2009 and a 2.4-liter that was re-engineered for the new-generation Matrix. The Matrix Standard is equipped with the new 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 132 hp at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to help optimize performance and economy. Internal components are optimized to reduce friction, and valve-train components are downsized to provide a compact valve layout.
The Matrix is built around a stiff, rigid body structure that relies on high tensile-strength steels, gussets and crossmembers for its strength, rigidity and light weight. Front suspension is by a compact, rigid L-arm-type MacPherson strut with a stabilizer bar.
The 2010 Toyota Matrix is engineered to efficiently absorb and disperse impact energy throughout the entire body structure. Deformation of the passenger cabin is well managed due to the impact energy distribution design and high-strength steel used in the body.
The Matrix interior is designed for form, fun and functionality. Base equipment on the Standard Matrix includes 205/55 R16 tires with full wheel covers; power color-keyed outside rearview mirrors; tilt and telescopic steering wheel; daytime running lights; heavy duty rear window defogger; intermittent windshield wipers; 12-volt power outlet; four cup holders; front center console box; and an engine immobilizer.
In addition to the array of standard equipment, an impressive list of optional comfort and utility features are available. Available options on the Standard Matrix include 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tires; power heated outside rearview mirror; intermittent rear window wiper; cruise control; power door locks; power windows; and remote keyless entry. The S grade also offers 215/45 R17 tires with 17-inch alloy wheels, tilt and slide power moonroof and electrochromic auto-dimming rear view mirror. An available Sport package for the S grade all-wheel-drive Matrix includes front and rear underbody spoilers and fog lamps.
Toyota gave the second-generation Matrix a coupe-like exterior while maintaining interior utility and increased rigidity with reduced vibration and noise – all without any major change to the package size. The result is a sporty, dynamic shape that provides room for five people to ride in comfort.
The Matrix interior is completely redesigned to enhance driving enjoyment, comfort and utility. Cabin space remains equal to that of the previous Matrix, though seating positions are lower to accommodate the vehicle’s new lower profile.