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Toyota @ SEMA: 2009 Matrix

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The head lights don't look like they fit quite right, on the bottom side in the middle. Is it just me or does it look like there's a gap? Overall I get a negative feeling from this car, but it isn't that bad. The back end looks ugly, similar to the Malibu-Maxx, the way the tail lights jut out and the back window slopes inward. The front end looks bland, but not offensive.

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Dear God that greenhouse and front overhang/fender are disgusting.

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Oh.. that's unfortunate. Looks outdated. You'd think that after seeing the attractive Vibe, Toyota would keep the styling very similar with the obvious Toyota design themes.. I guess not.

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The interior looks alright - nice and clean, not too many cutlines, interesting gauges, sporty steering wheel, pleasing-to-the-eye materials - but the exterior is hideous. The Vibe looks so much better.

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A 9-2x/impreza got violated in vulgar fashion. vibe looks cleaner.

I was thinking 9-2x mixed with an ION red line. I prefer this to the vibe though, toyota sabotaged the vibe.

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Pontiac Vibe looks much better. Shame it has the same soul.
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Pontiac Vibe looks much better. Shame it has the same soul.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that seems the consensus on other on-GM sites too.
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Both this, and the Corolla, look like an elephant sat on the front - squashing it way out of shape.

WTF?

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If the recent pictures of the upcoming Vibe are accurate, I say wait for the Vibe. I have to give Toyota credit for at least making some attempt at making this car look like it was redesigned (that's more than I can say for the Corolla).

I do think the availability of the 2.4 liter 4 cylinder with 5 speed automatic and AWD is good news (only because they will probably find their way onto the Vibe). The car also has standard 4 wheel antilock disc brakes and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel which probably will also be on the Vibe.

Basically, I see it this way: As an individual vehicle, I'm not that impressed with this thing. As an introduction to upgrades on the superior looking Vibe, it's kind of exciting news.

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And I thought the Corolla was bad. Hopefully this will help Vibe sales as from what I can tell the photo of the 09 Vibe is a thousand times better looking than this ugly thing!

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And I thought the Corolla was bad. Hopefully this will help Vibe sales as from what I can tell the photo of the 09 Vibe is a thousand times better looking than this ugly thing!

That's because it was GM's idea to create this Corolla derivative. The shorter (no sixth-window), more conventional Auris and even the more outrageously-styled Blade are more coherent.
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