First Drive: 2009 Toyota Matrix (Tidbit Inside!) We saw the cart before the horse, with teaser pictures of the all-new 2009 Pontiac Vibe hatchback being presented before Toyota released the official pictures and information on its â€™09 Matrix, which more likely took the engineering lead for the two. Then the curtain came up on the Matrix at the 2007 SEMA show, followed weeks later by the Vibe at the 2007 Los Angeles auto show. Now that weâ€™ve driven the horseâ€”before Pontiac got us behind the wheel of the Vibeâ€”we can share a few things that are bound to be common driving characteristics between these completely redesigned crossovers. Source: Car and Driver good, so you decided to read this thread. Perfect. Here's the BIG NEWS "Toyota says it expects at least 30 mpg from its new small cars, and the Matrix and the Vibe have both been engineered to accommodate a hybrid powertrain as well, which we expect to hear more about within a year or so."