2005 Toyota Matrix
There are 20 user reviews for the Standard 4X2 trim shown below
- 35 mpg, great cargo capacity, quiet, smooth, comfortable ride
- low end power, low beam headlights, seat belt warning
I got the Matrix to replace a mid sized SUV and I needed room to haul my two Springer Spaniels to field trials. Even though the back seats must be folded down, it easily held the side by side dog box with plenty of room for the extra things I need to carry between the dog box and the front seats. I and doubling the economy, get a smooth, quiet ride, and suffer few down sides in the switch.
I got the 5 speed and the engine has little power below 2k rpm. It gets along fine living between 2k and 3k and will happily run down the interstate right at 3000 rpm, getting 34-35 mpg while doing so. Handling is nimble. Comfort is very good for long trips for a compact vehicle. I'm 6'2" and I find the front seat room to be very good and even more roomy that the SUV it replaced. In short, I'm glad I purchased this vehicle.
The down sides of the vehicle (in comparison to the SUV) are obvious. I cant tow 5000 lb trailers, have to be very careful when my ventures take me off the pavement, and because I chose the 2wd Matrix, I dont have the transfer case to help me out if I were to loose traction.
Additionally, the low beam headlights cast a distinct line that my be too low to illuminate a deer's eyes at night until your too close. High beams are excellent. Finally, the seat belt warning is enough to drive me nuts. I always buckle up, but if you need to move the vehicle a few feet in the back of the parking lot, the warning starts chiming when you get over 5 mph. Same thing occurs if you have a few books resting in the passengers seat. A bit obnoxious, but I'm sure seat belt compliance is VERY high for Matrix owners.
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