2004 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I like it, recommend it, would buy
another. Matrix is 4-dr, Corolla
hatchback . F seating is quite
comfortable. Upright position gives
good vis 'cept to rear where windows
taper. No difficulty finding
comfortable seating position (6'0" -
leggy). R leg & seat room large for
car this size. Long trips quite
possible. Cargo volume and features
excellent - 2 usable nets, tie-down
rings and tie-down straps std. R deck
hard ribbed plastic. 60/40 R seats
fold flush & match deck. Will hold a
stack of 8' 2x4s with hatch closed.
The 1.8L, DOHC Corolla engine is nearly
perfect - excellent power curve.
Surprising acceleration. Five spd
manual is excellent.
Reliability, cargo capacity, rear seat
room in a small car, audio quality,
maneuverability, ABS braking
performance, engine performance - stops
and goes quite nicely.
ABS should be standard on all models.
Rearward visibility can be troubling.
I would trade disc changer or MP3
capability for all "Program Type" and
RDS functions on audio system - useless
feature. Needs an audible,
confirmation ("honk") for remote lock.