From Toyota press: The second-generation Toyota Matrix, which was introduced for 2009, gains standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control (TRAC) for 2010. The addition of VSC and TRAC, along with current standard features that include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist help make up the Toyota Star Safety System™.
VSC automatically adjusts engine output and braking force at individual wheels to help control any discrepancy between where the driver is steering and where the vehicle is heading.
The Matrix is a sporty five-door crossover vehicle offering better performance than the previous model while maintaining excellent fuel economy, cargo utility and a wider choice of functional options.
Matrix is available in three grades – Standard, S and the XRS. All-wheel drive (AWD) is available in the Matrix S grade, teamed to the 2.4-liter engine.
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.
A five-speed manual transmission is standard with the 1.8-liter engine, and a four-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) is available. Both automatics use a torque converter with flex lockup for increased fuel efficiency. Uphill/downhill shift control selects the proper gear for conditions and helps provide moderate engine braking during downhill driving.
The five-speed automatic can be manually shifted by moving the shift lever to the left from its “D” position into the “S” position, then pushing forward for upshifts and back for downshifts. An indicator inside the combination gauge shows the gear selected.
The Matrix S and XRS feature the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 158 hp at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. A balance shaft suppresses vibration, and oil jets to help piston cooling. The exhaust system is engineered for reduced backpressure for improved performance.
The 2.4-liter engine transmits its power through the five-speed manual transmission and is available with a five-speed automatic. The AWD Matrix S is equipped with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and the Super ECT 4-speed automatic transmission.
Estimated-EPA fuel economy ratings are 26 MPG city/32 MPG highway for 1.8-liter manual transmission model and 25/31 MPG for the 1.8-liter automatic transmission model. Matrix models powered by the 2.4-liter engine with five-speed automatic transmission have EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21/29 MPG.