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2010 Toyota Matrix

The Toyota Matrix is a sporty crossover based on the now Corolla platform with all-new interior. Matrix is available in seven trim level, Matrix Base 5-Spd MT, Matrix Base 4-Spd AT, Matrix S 5-Spd MT, Matrix S 5-Spd AT, Matrix S AWD 4-Spd AT, Matrix XRS 5-Spd MT and Matrix XRS 4-Spd AT with two engine options.

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2010 toyota matrix

The Toyota Matrix base model comes with the 1.8liter DOHC 16-valve dual independent VVT-i 4-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 128lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. With the five-speed manual, the Matrix gets 26mpg in the city and 32mpg on the highway with a slight decrease with the four-speed automatic to 25mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway respectively.


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The Toyota Matrix S and Matrix XRS come with the 2.4Liter DOHC 16-valve VVT-i 4-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower, 26 horsepower over the 1.8L engine and an extra 34 lb.-ft of torque. Fuel consumption drops from the 1.8L engine at 21mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway with the five-speed manual and 21mpg in the city and 29mpg on the highway. The S also comes in an all-wheel drive model (S AWD 4-Spd AT) that comes standard with the four-speed automatic. The fuel consumption drops to 20mpg in the city and 26mpgon the highway respectively.

Standard features in Toyota Matrix are air conditioning w filter, tilt steering column, power steering, AM/FM/CD with four speakers, 115-volt power outlet, 60/40 split rear seats, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, intermittent wipers, outside temperature gauge, remote keyless entry with remote tailgate release, cargo nets and track system with tie-down hooks, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and rear-window defogger with timer.

All models come standard with safety equipments such as an anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution with Brake assist, vehicle stability control with traction control, front airbags for both the driver and passenger as well as seat-mounted side airbags, active headrests and front and rear side curtain airbags and direct tire pressure monitor system.

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Title › 2010 Toyota Matrix

The new Toyota Matrix is sportier, sexier, with phenomenal cargo space. It offers plenty of headroom for tall drivers and passengers. The upright sitting stance that allows for easy access and comfortable all-over visibility. There is 15 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. The rear seat is split 60/40 and pressing a button flips the seat down to provide a completely flat floor capable of holding 53 cubic feet of cargo. Storage compartments and cargo nets provide owners with maximum utility. Front passenger seat also can be folded down.

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Toyota Corolla

The new Toyota Corolla is redesigned, but still it looks soo much like the old model. The Toyota Corolla is available as a four-door sedan in five different trims:

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2010 toyota corolla

Standard,LE, XLE, S and XRS. The new body was drawn up with a lower profile and a sleeker look, featuring more angular A- and C-pillars. A wider track delivers improved aerodynamics and stability, and increases interior volume. The up-model S and XRS add sporty look with a more aggressive front bumper treatment, integrated fog lights, side skirts, a lip spoiler and an upgraded rear fascia.

The 2009 Toyota Corolla is offered with two engine varient in terms of power, an all-new 132-horsepower 1.8-liter four cylinder, and a 158-horsepower four that displaces 2.4 liters. In the Toyota Corolla, Standard, LE and XLE versions comes with a 1.8-liter unit with options of a five-speed manual


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or four-speed automatic transmission. The S and XRS trims powered with a 2.4-liter engine that can be coupled with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.4-liter is optional on S trims and standard on the XRS.

The quality of the interior materials and the Corolla‘s overall fit and finish are excellent. The roomy interior features a highly configurable center console, a tilt / telescopic steering wheel with optional audio controls, a 60-40 split-folding rear seating, an optional navigation system, an optional JBL sound system.

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Title › 2010 Toyota Toyota Corolla

On the safety front, the 2009 Toyota Corolla features six strategically placed airbags, and an innovative active front-seat head restraint system that provides additional whiplash protection. Other safety features include a tire-pressure-monitoring system, available traction control, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution, and “Brake Assist” for emergency situations.

The new Toyota Corolla feels far more upscale than previous models. The driving position and outward visibility are immediately noticeable. The functionality and the overall quietness of the cabin at speed put the Toyota Corolla at the top of its segment.

The XRS was the most engaging model with its 158 horsepower, manual transmission. Steering feedback is adequate, and the XRS is responsive as long as the engine is kept in the wide portion of its powerband. The sporty S and XRS models does not have the most powerful engine but decent enough.


Toyota Corolla – Base 5-Spd MT

Exterior, Design, Paint & Finish

– Metallic Paint (If Selected)
– Front Air Dam
– Front and Rear Body Color Bumpers


– Rear 60/40 Folding Bench Seat With Headrests
– Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats Manually Adjusts 4-Ways Total With Driver Adjustable Seat Height and Adjustable Headrests
– Cloth Seats


– Trip Computer With Average Speed, Average Fuel Consumption, Miles To Empty, Instantaneous Fuel Consumption and Trip Odometer
– Tachometer
– Digital Clock
– Tire Pressure Monitor
– Warning Lights Include Brake System, Door Ajar, Electrical System, Low Fuel, Oil Pressure and Seatbelts Unfastened
– Exterior Temperature Gauge


– Front and Rear Dual Door Mounted Storage
– Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
– 2 Front and 2 Rear, 4 Cupholders Total
– Coinholder
– Glovebox

Interior, Design, Decor & Floor Covering

– Carpeted Cargo Mat
– Front Carpeted Floor Mats
– Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Trunk

Exterior Lighting

– Daytime Running Lights
– Halogen Headlights


– Seat Mounted Front Side Airbags
– Side Guard Door Beams
– Rollover Sensor
– Front and Rear Crumple Zones
– Front Pretensioners With Force Limiters
– Passenger Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
– Front and Rear Automatic Locking Retractors
– Trunk Anti-Trap Device
– Active Head Restraints
– Side Head Curtain Airbags
– Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts
– Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
– Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters
– Driver Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
– Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor
– L A T C H

Braking & Traction

– Front Power 274-mm Ventilated Disc and Rear Power 229-mm Drum Brakes
– Traction Control
– Electronic Brake Assistance
– 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
– Electronic Brake Force Distribution
– Vehicle Stability Control System Operated Via ABS Traction Control and Engine Power Reduction


– Telescopic Steering Wheel
– Tilt Steering Column
– Power Rack and Pinion Steering

Engines & Emissions

– ULEV II Emissions
– Extended Service Interval For Distributorless Ignition
– 1.8-Liter, I4, VVT-i 16-Valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine; Front/Transverse Mounted With Horsepower Of 132@6000, Torque Of 128@4200, Alloy Block and Alloy Cylinder Head


– Semi-Independent Torsion Beam Rear Suspension With Coil Spring and Shock Absorbers
– 24-mm Front Stabilizer Bar
– 20-mm Rear Stabilizer Bar
– Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension With Coil Spring and Shock Absorbers

Remote Controls & Remote Releases

– Remote Fuel Door Release
– Remote Trunk Release Located Inside Vehicle

Anti-Theft & Locks

– Vehicle Anti-Theft Via Engine Immobilizer
– Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

– Interior Air Filter
– Manual Air Conditioning


– Battery
– Audio Prewiring
– 2 Front Power Outlets

Interior Lighting

– Trunk Light
– Delayed Courtesy Light

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation

– AM/FM Radio With Speed Sensitive Volume and 4 Speakers Total; CD Player; MP3/WMA Player
– Radio Data System
– In-Glass Radio Antenna
– Front Auxiliary Audio Input Jack


– 5-Speed Manual Transmission With Overdrive


Toyota Corolla – Base 5-Spd MT

Standard Engine 1.8L I4
Standard Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Cylinders 4
Horsepower @RPM 132@6000
Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 26 / 35
Combined Fuel Economy 30
EPA Class Compact
Number of Valves 16
Torque @RPM N/A
Fuel Type System Gas Engine / Sequential Electronic Fuel Injected, Sequential Port Fuel Injected Sequential, Multi-Port Fuel Injected
Turbo (Yes/No) No
Overdrive Transmission Yes
Battery Output N/A
Compression 10.0:1
Displacement 1798 / 110
Bore X Stroke 3.17×3.48
Cruising Range 396 miles
Final Drive Gear Ratio Opt N/A
Power to Weight Ratio 20.8
Final Drive Ratio No
Valves Configuration Dual Overhead Cam / Twin Overhead Cam
Supercharged No
Electric HorsePower RPM N/A
Electric Torque Feet Per Pound N/A (foot-lbs)
Electric Torque RPM N/A
Electric HorsePower BHP N/A

Interior Dimensions
Seating (Standard) 5
Seating (Optional) N/A
Tow Capacity (Standard) 1500
Tow Capacity (Maximum) 1500
Headroom (Front) 38.8
Headroom (Row 2) 37.2
Hiproom (Front) 53.0
Hiproom (Row 2) 43.9
Legroom (Front) 41.7
Legroom (Row 2) 36.3
Shoulder Room (Front) 54.8
Shoulder Room (Row 2) 54.6
Seating (Maximum) 5
Headroom (Row 3) N/A
Hiproom (Row 3) N/A
Legroom (Row 3) N/A
Shoulder Room (Row 3) N/A

Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Tires
Brakes (Front) Disc
Brakes (Rear) Drum
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Driveline (Opt) N/A
Steering Rack & Pinion
Steering Diameter Left 35.6
Steering Diameter Right 35.6
Suspension (Front) Independent
Suspension (Rear) Semi
Tire Type Passenger
Tire Width 195 mm
Tire Aspect Ratio 65
Tire Construction Radial
Tire wheel Diameter 15 in.

Capacity and Volume
Cargo Volume (EPA) 12 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (MFR) 12 cu. ft.
Fuel Capacity 13.2
Passenger Volume (EPA) 92
Passenger Volume (MFR) 92.0 cu. ft.
Box/Cargo Height N/A
Box/Cargo Length N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wheel) N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wall) N/A
GVWR Standard N/A
GVWR Maximum N/A
Payload Standard N/A
Payload Maximum N/A

Exterior Dimensions and Weight
Curb Weight MT 2723
Curb Weight AT N/A
Ground Clearance 5.8
Height 57.7
Length 178.7
Top Type (Standard) Hard Fixed
Top Type (Optional) N/A
Track (Front) 60.3
Track (Rear) 60.4
Weight Distribution AT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution AT (Rear) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Rear) N/A
Wheelbase 102.4
Width 69.3
Doors (Standard) 4
Doors (Maximum) 4

Crash Test Ratings, Sales and Origin
Crash Test Rating 4* / 4*
Sales Volume N/A
Where Built U.S.A. / Canada / Japan

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2011 Toyota Yaris

Major Japanese automakers seemingly carry good-luck horseshoes in their pockets. Their small cars scored heavily during America’s 1973 fuel crunch,

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2011 toyota yaris

and Toyota’s entry-level 2007 Yaris has arrived this spring as gasoline prices top $3 a gallon in some parts of the country.

The early 2007 Yaris is a proven commodity. It was launched in Europe in 1999 and is Toyota’s


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best-selling model there.

Major Yaris rivals are the new Honda Fit and Nissan Versa, along with the redone Chevrolet Aveo, Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent.

Youth Market Hopes

All are aimed at the youth market, with the hope that their buyers will be happy with them and move up to higher-line, more profitable models as they become older and more affluent.

Small, fuel-sipping 4-cylinder engines that provide adequate performance are used by all those cars. And they have fairly roomy interiors and low-cost operation. Thankfully, none have the “econobox” styling that once branded entry autos as low-rent transportation.

Second-Generation Model

The new, second-generation Yaris being introduced here has a longer, wider platform, stiffer construction, newly developed suspension and greater refinement. It replaces Toyota’s ECHO coupe and

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Title › 2011 Toyota Yaris

sedan. They also were directed at the U.S. youth market, but were largely rejected because they had almost comical styling.

However, Toyota’s youth-oriented Scion models have done much better in this country.

High Fuel Economy

The Yaris provides an estimated 34 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway with a manual transmission. Figures are nearly identical with the automatic, at 34 and 39.

The second-generation Yaris comes as a chic $10,950-$11,850 2-door hatchback or as a larger, smoothly styled, more upscale-looking 4-door sedan, which I tested in base form with an automatic transmission.

The shorter Yaris hatchback has the same powertrain and is similar to the sedan in most respects, although it’s harder to get in and out of the hatchback’s rear seat. However, it has a standard folding rear seat for more cargo area.

The base sedan starts at $11,825 with a manual gearbox and lists at $12,550 with an automatic transmission. The higher-line “S” sedan costs $13,325 with manual and $14,050 with an automatic.

Sportier S Version

The S sedan is sportier. It adds to the base sedan an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, a split-folding back seat, a rear defroster and larger 15-inch wheels and wider 60-series tires. The S also looks racier, with side rocker panels and front/rear spoilers under the bumpers.

The base Yaris sedan with an automatic is only moderately well-equipped, with items including air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, intermittent wipers and color-keyed mirrors and door handles. But it lacks a radio, having only an “audio prep package” with four speakers. It also has no anti-lock brakes, and only the manual transmission version has a tachometer. Narrow 14-inch wheels and 65-series tires also are standard.

2011 toyota yaris

2011 toyota yaris

Desirable Option Package

A $960-$1,785 (depending on trim level and transmission) Power Package is needed to equip the Yaris the way most buyers will want it, with power windows, door locks and mirrors. That package also contains an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, anti-lock brakes, cruise control, a rear defroster, a 60/40 split fold-down back seat, 15-inch wheels and wider (60-series) tires.

Want to bet that you won’t find many Toyota dealers offering a Yaris without the Power Package?

Remote keyless entry is $230 for all Yaris trim levels and requires the Power Package. One might think it would come at no extra charge with the power door locks.

Anti-lock brakes are a stand-alone $300 option, and front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags cost $650 for all Yaris versions.

Lively Performance

The Yaris is powered by a small 1.5-liter engine, but it produces 106 horsepower because it is sophisticated, with such features as dual overhead camshafts and variable valve timing.

The Yaris provides brisk 65-75 mph passing and a 0-60 mph run in a fairly quick 8.9 seconds—at least with a light load. The engine is only moderately loud during fast acceleration, and the Yaris is a relaxed, quiet highway cruiser.

The engine works with a standard 5-speed manual transmission or extra-cost 4-speed automatic.

2011 toyota yaris

2011 toyota yaris

Lots of Shifting

The manual shifts nicely, but the engine calls for lots of shifting to get the best performance—always the case with a small engine because many revs are needed for good power. The automatic is smooth and responsive. It allows good performance, besides more effortless driving in congested areas.

The Yaris uses Toyota’s new, quick electric power steering. The ride is supple, although sharp bumps can be felt. Stability is good on highways, and handling is OK if the car isn’t pushed hard, especially the base version with its 14-inch tires. Even the 15-inch tires are suited for fuel economy, not spirited motoring.

Roomy Trunk

The trunk is roomy, with a low opening, and the inside of its lid has a cover to prevent it from having an unfinished look. Optional rear seatbacks can be flipped forward to enlarge the cargo area, but there’s only a moderately large pass-through area from the trunk to the rear seat area.

The engine compartment is artfully designed to allow easy access to fluid filler areas, but a prop rod is needed to hold the hood open, not smooth hydraulic hinges.

With style, economy and utility, the Yaris should be a solid contender, and Toyota’s reputation for quality and reliability will help sell the car. As will high gasoline prices.

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