The 2011 Toyota Matrix receives a mid-cycle refresh that is intended to help it compete more closely with the growing compact vehicle class. The model was unveiled by Toyota at this year's Chicago Auto Show. Keep reading to review vehicle specs and find out what's new on the 2011 Toyota Matrix.
2011 Toyota Matrix Styling
The current Toyota Matrix design was introduced just two years ago. Despite this fact, Toyota has taken a number of steps to give the vehicle a more aggressive and sporty design. On the outside, major changes include new wheels, redesigned front and rear bumpers and a front and rear underbody spoiler. A mesh front fog lamp bezel rounds out the exterior changes.
Interior upgrades are also fairly numerous, and include the introduction of new, sportier seat fabrics, streamlined stereo system design and updated leather-trimmed steering wheel. The base fabric comes in two color schemes - dark charcoal or a two-tone dark charcoal/ash gray ensemble. The new leather-wrapped steering wheel (which is standard on the Matrix S) comes complete with audio and Bluetooth controls.
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2011 Toyota Matrix Performance
Changes for the 2011 Matrix are, for the most part, purely cosmetic. As such, engine options for the vehicle are the same as last year. Base models receive a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft. of torque. The sportier Matrix S offers a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 158 horsepower and 162 lb-ft. or torque. All-wheel drive is an available option for the S trim.
EPA estimates suggest that the Matrix earns a maximum of 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. These figures are average for the compact class. Upgrade to the Matrix S, and you can expect 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
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2011 Toyota Matrix Prices & Features
All Toyota Matrix models now come equipped with Toyota's Standard Star Safety System with Smart Stop Technology. This system includes traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
Other standard features for the Matrix include power accessories, one-touch up/down driver window buttons, cruise control, daytime running lights, and stereo with CD/MP3 player. The Matrix S adds metallic trim accents, fog lamps, fold-flat front passenger seat, remote keyless entry and upgrade stereo with six speakers.
Upgrades in convenience and comfort result in a higher asking price for the Toyota Matrix. Base MSRP is now listed at $18,545 - nearly $2,000 more than last year's starting price ($16,700). If that price proves a little too steep for you, then other vehicles worth looking into include the 2011 Honda Fit, 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.
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