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Pros: Great car, low cost.
Cons: I have no complaints.The Toyota Matrix is a car that's hard to beat for value. It is a reliable and highly utilitarian vehicle. I always reserve final judgment on a vehicle until I have at least a couple of hundred thousand miles on it. In my opinion a car only proves itself with long term reliability. I only have 100,000 miles on it, but have had literally no service issues with it. I had new front brake pads installed, a new battery, and that's it. It has very decent acceleration for this type of vehicle. The ride is pretty good considering its small size. I have hauled some relatively heavy loads. With the back seat and the front passenger seat folded down, it will hold a surprising amount of cargo. I have a long wheel base recumbent bike that fits nicely in the car without removing any tires. The gas mileage is very good. It is the cheapest car to operate that I have ever owned. It just keeps running and running. I put a little gas in it, change the oil every 3-4,000 miles, and drive it. The brakes are excellent. The handling is surprising for this type of car. It is responsive, fun and a great all around runabout. It is even good on the highway. We also own a Camry, which is an excellent car as well, but I prefer the Matrix. I am 60 years old and have owned quite a number of cars, but the Matrix is easily my fave. It puts my last two BMW's to shame.
Pros: 'Rubbermaid' liner in the cargo area with ample tie-dows
Cons: PerformanceReliable and useful are two words that don't exactly get your blood boiling. Maybe basic transportation is all you're looking for - in which case the Matrix may be a good choice for getting you through your commute and the occasional trip to the garden center on weekends. If you're looking for a little bit of salsa to add to your daily grind, look elsewhere.
Pros: very functional; good fuel economy
Cons: underbody spoilers aren't necessary and reduce ground clearance; dashboard displays fade in strong sunlight
Advice: the XR seems to be the best value; while we got the AWDMy wife and duaghter call the vehicle 'Snowball', because its Superwhite. It comes eqipped with almost everything we want, and more importantly comes without the things we didn't want. I liked how functional the car is; we have the all-wheel drive capability of a SUV, the room of a station wagon and the fuel economy of a sedan. The looks aren't great, but they grow on you. We would have liked a little more power with the engine, but we understand the necessary trad-off for better milage. The buying experience while not great, was fair.
Pros: Comfort and space
Cons: Big size almost like a mini-van but not that bad.
Advice: If you like it buy it, you wont regret it and if you buy this car to improve even more your gas mileage align its tires, try to buy a K&N air filter (they are expensive but worth it), and always be on top of your car like with oil changes, tune ups etc.I bought my Toyota Matrix Xr about four months ago. So far I am pleased with its performance in every aspect, I am a big guy that likes sporty looking cars, and finally found the car comfortable enough for me and that looks somewhat sporty. I really can say that I love this car, it is great on gas specially now that gas prices are over the roof, and on the road it performs really well. I would have to say that the rides are smooth, you can barely hear the engine, and when taking curves it handles pretty well as well as bumps it has a great suspension.
Pros: The factory stereo is fabulous
Cons: Sometimes it felt like I was driving something out of the jetsons.
Advice: The base model is greatI drove my base model 2004 Matrix coast to coast three times and have no complaints. Me and my Matrix braved a Vermont winter, the following fall and early winter in Jackson Hole Wyoming, and a few months worth of city living in San Francisco before I smashed it into a telephone pole and walked away without a scratch. I loved my matrix, and miss it dearly.
Pros: The rally car style manual transmission and the ROOM!!!!
Cons: The upright seating makes it feel a bit like driving a mini-van
Advice: Make sure the seating is ok for you and the view out the rear window is also suitable for you.WE got the standard model and it worked out great. We recently returned from a trip across country and we drove from seattle to chicago(across the rockies) and the car got btn 30-33 mpg ---30 over the mountains and 33 on the flat midwest roads. The car super comfortable and in fact we slept in the car two nights in a row. The fold down flat seats in the back make this car more comfortable than sleeping in a tent(which I love by the by) and I'm 6' 4' tall and could lay out flat in the back with the fold down seats. This car is great, but does lack a little when climbing the mountains in Montana, but not every car can be perfect. If you're looking for that super fast car this is NOT it, but if you want toyota reliability, safety, great gas milage that's not a hybrid, and a LOT OF ROOM in a compact car. This car is for you.
Pros: the space and storage compartments
Cons: Front bumper catches curbs easily
Advice: Like the car but not my buying experience at MaroonePeppy even under load and nice handling