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Pros: Loved the feel, the look, and affordability
Cons: Not having 4wd or awd
Advice: Enjoy!I purchased this vehicle in November. We drove the AlCan this summer. It's very smooth on the highway. I really loved the car. Unfortunately we rolled it, (not the cars fault and everyone walked away unscathed) but now we need a new car. I was hoping to get another matrix only this time we'd get a 4x4 instead. I'm really bummed that the 07 and 08 models don't offer 4x4 or AWD. Now I'm looking for a used 06 model in the 4x4 and they seem hard to come by, maybe because everyone loves them so much.
Pros: The large and flexible storage space.
Cons: Noisy drivetrain and unimpressive acceleration in most circumstances.
Advice: Consider buying either the base or Matrix XR instead of the XRS to avoid buying premium fuel.Overall, the Matrix is a versatile, fun to drive and quality built car. The back seats and the passenger front seat fold completely flat to accomodate all kinds of stuff. The seatbacks are also covered in hard plastic, so it makes cleaning up easy too if you spill something. Even though I have the performance-oriented XRS Matrix, the engine has to be revved pretty high to extract any useable performance. If you are on an open road where it is possible to accelerate past six thousand rpm's, you will notice the extra power of the XRS. Unfortunately, the high-revving nature of the engine is not so pleasant inside the car. The engine tends to be buzzy and the exhaust system noisy for a factory system. In fact, even though I have the JBL audio system, I have to turn the music up pretty loud to listen over the buzziness of the drivetrain sometimes. Also, the reverse beeper is a little annoying, but I believe it only comes with the six speed, which is only available in the XRS. Furthermore, the XRS requires premium fuel, so you may want to look at a base Matrix or an XR because they only require regular grade fuel. On the plus side, there is a lot of flexible room inside. The car appears to be built very well for a relatively inexpensive economy car. I have close to 15,000 miles on mine without any squeaks or rattles. It is comfortable and sits a little higher than your average passenger car. The Matrix also handles very well for a relatively tall front wheel drive vehicle; especially with the optional seventeen inch alloy wheels and tires. The fuel mileage for my XRS has been as advertised at 25 city and 32 highway. The only thing the Matrix would really need to be perfect is a slightly less buzzy powertrain. Even the bigger four cylinder from the Toyota Camry would work better in the Matrix.
Pros: #1.The seats feel like sitting in a chair. #2 .Plus storage features.
Cons: The steering wheel too far to reach.
Advice: NoneI liked everything about the Matrix except for a couple things. The steering wheel seemed too far away.I would eventually get shoulder or arm cramps. And the cargo area would be too slippery without mats or carpet. I don't care for the tie down 'security knobs' (I don't know the correct name) being located almost in the center of the cargo area. If those items were changed, it would be the perfect car for me and I would buy one immediately. The sticker said it was 4 wheel drive. Isn't it really an all wheel drive?
Cons: Poor power
Advice: If you have to keep your cost under 15k this is a great buy.I found the car very sluggish, poor handling and the engine screams like a cat getting it's tail pulled. I did like it's roominess. Milage was amazing. Not bad for an automatic, ac and CD for under 14k. high insuance for a car in this class, for some reason. If you don't want power, or a quiet ride, probably a good buy. But I spend a lot of time on the freeway, and need something with a smoother, quieter ride.
Pros: Very roomy, even for a tall person. Lights blink when locked no annoying horn sound.
Advice: Take it for a test drive. It has more room than it appears, try it.Love my Matrix. It is fun to drive and the seating room is great for a smaller car. Plenty of room in the back seat also. I really like the split fold down seat in the rear for extra cargo, and it leaves one seat for a passenger. It has a great stereo system with quality speakers. Gas mileage is about 24-26 just around town. Great handling even in snow, with front wheel drive model. Everything is easy to reach and use: stereo, cruise, lights, wipers. Removable trash storage is nice. Very attractive car. Lots of room for extra stuff in the console with 2 compartments. Easy CD storage. Just a neat car!!
Pros: I like the looks, the interior room, and decent gas mileage.
Cons: The cover over the trunk area.
Advice: It's a buy!A fun car to drive! Plenty of pep and very solid. Have had my XR for 2 months now, and zero quality/build problems. I find the seats very comfortable, but the steering wheel feels a bit far away for my wife. Our two daughters (one teenage) have plenty of room in the backseat. Enough storage room for us all to go on a long weekend trip with all our stuff. It's been great. With automatic, we've been getting 29-33 mpg.
Pros: Great Mileage
Cons: Can't think of anything I don't like.
Advice: Take it for aride and see how great it is!Peppy pickup, quiet, comfy and great looking car. It has plenty of cargo space and room for passengers.Toyota improved the instrument display from the 2003 model so it is easier now to see the panel. I love my Matrix!!