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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.
Cons: Problems already
Advice: Wait a year till they work the bugs out.I bought the car 3 weeks ago and I already have problems. The check engine light and the headlight low beam indicator light both came on. I have to get a new 'oxygen sensor' from the manufacturer, whatever that is. I'm very dissapointed. I thought Toyota's where supposed to be reliable, expecially a NEW one! Has anyone else had problems w/ it already?
Pros: The celica engine (VVTL-i)
Cons: The large blind spot. (can be alleviated with larger rear inside mirror)
Advice: Definantly go with the XRS. It is well worth it.The manual 6 speed was excellent and the handling was great... Remember the XRS borrow its engine from the sporty car Celica. The cargo space is awesome and the price is awesome. Remember, toyota is only making 75,000 of these this year. Better get your hand on one or else just wait till next year. The elec outlet is totally unprecedent and I love it with my laptop. I didn't go for the navigation cuz I can just use my laptop as a navigation system. HEHEHE! Definantly go test drive and see this car at the dealer even if you are not looking into buying this car.
Pros: body styling
Cons: does not come standard with ABS
Advice: Get it now before it goes into high demand!Ride is smooth except for large bumps (such as speedbumps). Controls comfortably accessable. Excellent handling. Spaceous. A very good buy.
Pros: Fold down front seat
Cons: The high center arm rest makes it difficult to buckle your seatbelt.
Advice: get the cold weather package. It heats up SOOO fast.The car is quite quick off the line but starts to loose its punch at about 30 mph. The car handles great with the 17' alloy wheels. I'm 6'4' and pretty wide at the sholders and I fit into the car without any problem, and I don't have to strugle to get out because the seats are higher than any compact car I have ever been in. The only thing that I would have liked to have seen is plastic grocrie bag holders attached to the back of the rear seats so things don't roll all over the place when cornering. Oh and Why didn't they put in a 3 prong outlet?? I had to get an adapter for my laptop.
Cons: Could be a bit larger, especially in front seating.
Advice: BUY before price goes up.Good solid feeling smallish car. Versatile layout - hatchbacks are back ! Power is just enough not to get in trouble.