New for 2009-Toyota Cars
By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2008
- Camry, Corolla and Matrix were early introductions and already are available at dealerships
- Toyota discontinues the Camry Solara coupe and convertible for the 2009 model year
- The compact Yaris adds a 5-door "liftback" version that includes an available body kit and interior colors as well as Yellow Jolt and Carmine Red exterior paint
- All Yaris models get standard anti-lock brakes (ABS), front seat-mounted side air bags and integrated iPod capability for audio systems
The Avalon shares much of its underpinnings with the Camry, but is a larger sedan: 8 inches longer and more than an inch wider. The car offers more than 2 additional inches of rear-seat legroom. For 2009, the Avalon sedan will be available in three trim levels; the former Touring version will not be offered. All 2009 Avalon sedans will get updated "active" headrests designed to counter the whiplash forces in rear collisions and standard vehicle stability control technology.
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2009 Toyota Camry
The Camry is Toyota's bread-and-butter car, its best-selling midsize 4-door sedan, and the 2009 versions of the sedan went on sale early. The sedan is available in four trim levels and with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Or, there's a 34-mpg Camry Hybrid sedan with a gasoline/electric powertrain based on a 2.4-liter, 147-hp 4-cylinder engine and affiliated battery pack. Except for a new optional wheel for the gasoline-powered Camry LE, the sedans carry over for the 2009 model year. However, the Camry Solara, a 2-door model available as a coup_ or convertible, will be discontinued from the lineup after the 2008 model year.
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2009 Toyota Corolla
The Corolla, a compact 4-door sedan, long ago replaced the Volkswagen Beetle, which replaced the Ford Model T, as the best-selling model in automotive history. The Corolla entered a new generation with the early launch in February 2008 of its 2009 model year. Five versions of the Corolla are available. Three draw power from a 132-hp, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine while the others, the S and XRS, carry a 158-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. The 1.8-liter engine is rated at 27 mpg city/35 mpg highway.
Toyota worked with independent designers from Torino, Italy to sculpt the car's new and more sporty and aerodynamic design which also provides more interior and luggage space. The car rides on a new chassis and suspension designed to enhance dynamic capabilities. Safety features built into the new Corolla include front, side and curtain air bags. Anti-lock brakes also are standard.
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2009 Toyota Matrix
The Matrix is a Corolla-based hatchback and, like the Corolla, was extensively revamped and relaunched in February 2008 as a 2009 model. Where the Corolla 4-door model has five versions, the Matrix 5-door has three, with the standard model powered by the 132-hp engine and the S and XRS by the more powerful 2.4-liter powerplant. Front or all-wheel drive is available.
The Matrix' redesign focused on giving the car more coup_-like styling but with more usable room inside for people and cargo. The hatchback is wider and sits lower with a lower center of gravity that should enhance dynamic capabilities.
Front, side and curtain air bags are standard, as are 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock technology. Also standard is computerized vehicle stability control.
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2009 Toyota Prius
The Prius is Toyota's futuristic-shaped and very popular gasoline/electric hybrid vehicle. With a 46 miles-per-gallon overall fuel-economy rating and with gasoline soaring to more than $4 a gallon, Toyota's only problem with the Prius has been meeting customer demand, a problem heightened by the fact that the supply of nickel-metal hydride batteries is limited. The Prius carries over into the 2009 model year without any changes.
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2009 Toyota Yaris
The Yaris is Toyota's popular subcompact. The 4-door sedan and 3-door hatchback versions carry over for 2009 with a 5-door "liftback" expanding the lineup. The new version gets updated styling, a sporty body kit, spiced-up interior color scheme and a jolt of exterior color from new Yellow Jolt and Carmine Red paint. The sedan also gets two new colors: Zephyr Blue Metallic and Blue Streak Metallic. For 2009, all Yarises also get side and side-curtain air bags and standard ABS (formerly standard only on the sedan).
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