2002 Toyota Prius - Base
Pros: Gas Mileage and Low emmissions. It's cute too.
Cons: Lacking the comfort and power I'm used to.
Advice: As long as you aren't looking for luxury and power this is a great car.Gas Mileage Excellent. Moving from a luxury car to this car has been an adjustment but so far the it has been a good choice. A 4 cylindar doesn't have the power I'm used to but once your reach your speed the car holds the road and moves well. Comfort of seats could be better but it's ok. No complaints yet the car is a pleasure.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XR AWD
Pros: sound system when it is not vibrating
Cons: sound system when it is vibrating
Advice: if you want 4WD select from anything else where the manufacture does not misrepresent the productThis is a report on my 3+ months of ownership. Matrix is just what I was looking for, inexpensive, low operating cost, neat looking and, with some getting used to, fun to drive. Problem is that Toyota told me that it was a 'full-time' 4 wheel drive, which it is not. Toyota's defination of 'full-time' is that it drives using only front wheels until these wheels start to slip and then rear wheels are engaged. My defination of 'full-time' is that it is driven by all four wheels all of the time. What do you think? Deceptive advertising?Other than that and the rattles and vibrations in the driver area, the car is o.k.
2003 Toyota Corolla - LE (M5)
Pros: Leather interior in an affordable car
Cons: No power seat on drivers side
Advice: Buy it!!!Having had two Jetta's the last several years, I was reluctant to test a new vehicle. I saw the new 2002 Corolla in a dealers lot, and it was love at first sight. I purchased it the following morning and love it!
2002 Toyota ECHO - (M5) 2dr
Pros: Center console
Cons: Small wheel size
Advice: Buy one--the great mileage alone is worth it.My 2001 Echo was recently smashed--front and back--by MUCH larger vehicles in a freeway collision. I walked away unscathed. I loved this car, my friends loved this car...I'm definitely buying another new Echo (as soon as I get the insurance check).
2003 Toyota Corolla - S (M5)
Cons: rear view (too obstructed by rear head rests)
Advice: At least check it out it's worth your time at the very least.I drove it for an hour and I enjoyed every sec. It's like a baby lexus, but without the whole in your pocket. It handles excellent, accelerates well, and looks like a million.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XRS (M6) FWD
Pros: Sporty style
Cons: 16' wheels
Advice: If you purchase this carI love the way the XRS hugs the corners and sticks to the road, handling is exelent, very little body roll, shifting gears is easy and fun, seatting is confortable and roomy, acceleration is great once you learn the revs/speed and speed/gear shifting, you will have fun with this car, I do. Also a big PLUS, you can order TRD parts from selected dealerships to make this car faster and handle even better, warranty is better than any aftermarket parts anywhere, as long as your new car warranty.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XR (M5) FWD
Pros: Versatility and well built
Cons: ABS is hard to come by
Advice: Contact Andrew Moore at Beltway Toyota in DC. If a dealer won't give you a price straight up for one, ignore them. Several dealers called me a liar when they asked what I was going to get from Andy...Honda Civic didn't even compare.Excellent car. Anyone in the DC area should consider contacting Andrew Moore of Beltway Toyota for a price. We purchased a loaded XR (ABS, 17' wheels, cruise, sports+ package, weather guard, 6 CD changer) for about 100 over invoice. No haggles and what we wanted. This car is in demand and with good reason, it handles excellently no matter what. We originally wanted a STD model but an XR with ABS swung us the extra.