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.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XRS (M6) FWD
Pros: lots of passenger and cargo room
Cons: soft body, not comfortable to drive
Advice: make sure your comfortable and safe.i just test drive a matrix 2 days ago. i could not relax my feet its bend and still the steering wheel is too far from me. im a 5'11'. the shifting knob is too close too the dash board controls.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XR AWD
Pros: flexibility in toting cargo and people
Cons: No tape player. I was told by the dealer that Toyota isn't installing, since nobody is requesting
Advice: Buy it now. The price will increase quickly.I conducted quite a bit of research on-line before I purchased. My last car was a Corolla, but I wanted something with more flexibility...I have 5 grandchildren and need to tote bikes, etc. in addition to people. Though I'm only 5' tall I feel totally comfortable in this vehicle. I really like the wide windshield. I also like being higher off the ground than in the Corolla. I think that Toyota is missing an entire market by simply aiming this vehicle at young people. I'm 50+ and I LOVE it!!
2002 Toyota Prius - Base
Pros: Smoothness of the Hybrid System
Cons: Upright Seating Position/Utilitarian interior
Advice: Dont buy this car if you intend on taking long trips.The car drives as advertised; just like a regular economy vehicle, the Prius is not going to win any awards for its ability on the track but as a commute car is performs well. The car is a little bit fidgety when the winds top 30 mph and at highway speeds. This car is better suited for in town driving. The seating arrangement is functional if not spartan, dont take too long of a trip. Also, I was involved in a minor (5 MPH)) accident and the damage to the front of the car was substantial ($2,000). The thin and light material used in the body was esentially inpossible to repair perfectly even though the speed involved was so low.
2002 Toyota ECHO - (M5) 4dr
Pros: Great gas mileage car hates gas
Cons: location of power door lock switch between console.
Advice: Buy the Absolutely red color its hot with spoiler and gold pkg.THis car handles great on the road this 4 cyl. has great pep and pickup. The Bridgestone Potenza tires really hug the road. The high roof makes it feel like your driving a bigger car there is no cramped feeling. The absolut REd color is hot with the spoiler and changed the wheel covers to chrome mag wheels car looks hot with the dark gray lowered trim. Get the light burlwood dash kit changes whole look of dash. Gold PKG. looks good too.
2002 Toyota Prius - Base
Pros: The electric engine because it is so quiet.
Cons: People can't hear the car if they are walking by side of the road
Advice: Don't hesitate to buy one.This gas/electric car is so much fun to drive! It smoothly changes from gas to electric automatically. No need to plug the car in at night. Seats 5 people comfortably. It's a great conversation starter! Liked ordering the car on the internet.
2003 Toyota Matrix - Standard AWD
Pros: Combination of cargo room and good fuel economy
Cons: Small gas tank on the 4WD (11.9 gal.)
Advice: Pick up a better tire-iron, the one it comes with is wimpy.We got the Matrix 4WD since the winters in Wyoming can be harsh. Its acceleration is sufficient and its handling is quick and responsive. The Matrix is just about perfect for us; a couple just out of college. It is quite fun to drive. A hiccup we have noticed is that the 4-speed transmission shifts really hard as the car crests a hill. The only other concern was that as a new model we weren’t sure about the reliability. Since the Matrix has mostly Corrola guts we are optimistic.