Fans of the Pontiac Vibe will have to go to its cousin, the Toyota Matrix, now that Pontiac has been phased out by GM. Both have used the same Toyota engine, but were made at different plants; the Matrix is made in Ontario while the Vibe was made at the GM-Toyota NUMMI plant in California.
The Matrix has two four-cylinder engine options in the 2010 version, a 1.8-liter engine that gets 28 MPG or a 2.4-liter engine that gets 24 MPG. Neither engine appears to have been changed from the 2009 version.
The 2ZR-FE 1.8-liter engine is available only on the basic model of the Matrix, which is rated at 132 horsepower at 6000 RPMS and delivers 128 pound-feet of torque. The Corolla also uses the 2ZR-FE engine and a variant of that engine, the 2ZR-FXE, is used on the Prius.
The larger 2.4 engine, which is required for the S and XRS versions, packs 158 horses and 162 pounds of torque. It also shares the 2AZ-FE engine with the Corolla.
The smaller engine has a 80.5 millimeter bore and a stroke of 88.4 millimeters. The 2.4 liter has a 88.4 mm bore, and a 96.0 mm stroke. Both run on standard 87 octane gas, have double overhead cams and variable valve timing.
The 2.4 liter has a little more oomph to it, but you're probably not buying the Matrix as a muscle car. Thus, the 1.8 liter option seems to be the better of the two options, unless you want the more stylish S and XRS versions of the car.
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