New Wagons Ratings
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2003 Toyota Matrix - Standard (M5) FWD
Pros: Room, handling & everything
Cons: Having to drive slow while breaking it in.
Advice: Buy & EnjoyBuilt for both the tall & short. Rear seats can fit 6'+ comfortably. Loads of room for people our cargo or both. Finally a glove box that can hold more than gloves or the manual. Hugs the road and has power to get you out of trouble. Love it.
2003 Subaru Outback - H6-3.0 L.L. Bean Edition (A4) Wagon
Pros: Suspension and road holding
Cons: The seats
Advice: If the seats work for you - buy it.This vehicle handles more loke a sport car than a station wagon. It is solid and sure footed. The six cylinder engine is smooth and quiet, but it does requjire the highest grade fuel for best performance. I am 6'5' and I find the seats to be terrable, hard with little leg support. Eventhough drivers leg room is stated as being 43.3' it sure dosen't feel like it.
2003 Saab 9-5 - Aero Sport Wagon
Pros: 250 hp standard transmission that really cooks
Cons: lack of all wheel drive
Advice: If you love to drive a standard transmission, this is the one!I am a die-hard manual transmission lover. I test drove both a manual 185 hp Linear and the 250 hp Aero wagons. I found the Linear adequate but not exciting to drive. The seating position was comfortable and firm, acceleration was okay, but when I took it up a local steep mountain, it hovered between 3rd and 4th gears. I also took it over a very bumpy backroad and found the suspension wonderfully smooth. I loved the ride and feel, but felt it was underpowered compared to the Allroad. The extra hp in the Aero manual made up the difference. This wagon wants to leap forward out of your hands from the minute you put it into first gear. It is as much fun to drive as my Jaguar X-Type manual 3.0 5 speed. For $10,000 less than the Audi Allroad 5 speed, this car really delivers! Even the 270 hp W8 VW Passat wagon doesn't even come close to the 250 hp Aero. It is comparable to the Linear, however. As a footnote, my kids are excited about the heated rear seats in the Saab--a feature I have not found anywhere else.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XR (M5) FWD
Pros: Its versatility
Cons: Cargo cover
Advice: Test deive it... Take it home!What I liked most about the Matrix was its versatility. You can do almost anything with it. Has lots of cargo and passenger room. You can't beat the AC outlet idea, although a 3-prong outlet would have been an even better idea.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XR (M5) FWD
Pros: The ease of getting in and out of the car
Cons: Dome Lights- Hard to tell what position to put on the dial on
Advice: It is a great/fun little car. Plenty of room.Car handles nice on the road.
2003 Saturn L-Series - L300 (A4) Sedan
Pros: the engine and transmission and the safety features like space frame, ABS, side airbags, and plastic door panels
Cons: the paint dinish, the interior, for the price, was too spartan
Advice: don't get white! and get front mud guardsmine is a 2001 300L. responsive, electronic throttle, grade sensitive transmission, and peppy V6 put you on the freeway like a shot! you can accelerate at 70 mph and be at 100 mph in a couple seconds. it handles like a breeze. some negatives-i have white paint, it doesn't clean as well as others i've had, and there's a lot of brake dust from the front wheels on the front side panels. rear fold down arm rest is ineffective and front arm comfort is poor.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XRS (M6) FWD
Pros: Red Out interior / running fog and headlights
Cons: speaker system..good but not extreame
Advice: Test it out....... Take it home...I love my Matrix xrs!!! I bought my matrix with 30 miles on it, and every mile I put on my matrix is another mile of FUN!! This car definatly attracts attention, with its eye-catching exterior!! But the best part about it is the joy I have from imside the car.