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Toyota Matrix Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 123 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 22/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Toyota Matrix

  • Versatile and affordable, the Matrix is the best compact wagon for hauling people and cargo in its price class.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Versatile cargo area, roomy rear seats, good gas mileage, generous standard equipment list, availability of all-wheel drive and stability control.

  • Cons

    Modest torque output, less fun to drive than its styling suggests.

  • What's New for 2005

    The Matrix receives a revised front bumper, taillights and grille to freshen up the exterior, along with a new audio head unit design, optional side curtain airbags and other minor interior changes. Stability control is also newly optional.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (29 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sporty car for year-round fun

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I have had my Matrix for 6 years in March 2011. I bought it specifically for the all-wheel drive needed for New England winters. The Matrix never gets stuck in the snow, though the standard tires are slippery and you have to drive slowly to keep from skidding in turns, and make sure not to stop too suddenly. It's possible getting standard all-season tires instead of the sportier ones will remedy that. I LOVE driving my Matrix on beaches, sand dunes, and any off-roading I can get. It's so much fun! It holds its own with any 4X4 truck for any typical rugged fun. I just got into an accident in snow on an unplowed road, at a sharp curve, doing down a steep hill. My Matrix kept me safe and sound!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The matrix shines in winter

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I've had it for a year and a half and it has been great, especially in the winter time. In the snow, I rarely spin my tires on a steep driveway or at a stop sign on an incline. The car has great control overall. I've never felt safer in a car before. My passengers feel safe too. I recently heard this car gets the highest marks for side-impact collision. I'd believe it! You just feel taken care of inside. The only downer is that I have to replace a rear hub bearing now not even at 100,000. That was unexpected and will be pricey. Rumors of a previous recall for this model are out there, but who knows. And no warranty will cover it now. You may want to research that issue.




No highway cruiser

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this car for a winter traveler. It has proven to not be suitable for that. The AWD is great, it corners like a go cart, but the tiny gas tank is a pain. It goes pretty far on the first half of the gauge, but look for a station because you can almost see the level drop the second half. The engine is too small for the weight, so it it buzzy on the highway, and the mileage suffers if you push it on the hills. It does low thirties around town, but has gotten just over twenty, one tank, on the highway. That was in the mountains, and running the 75 limit. My wife is the primary driver when we don't travel, and she won't let me trade it for something else.




I still love this car!

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this car brand new in 2005 and 3 years later I still love this car! It's roomy, drives smooth and is cute! This car is very reliable and even with 143,000 miles on it I know I can still count on my Matrix!




Toyota is resting on its

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Very disappointed in this vehicle. We bought Toyota because of legendary reliability, but have lost 2 hubcaps due to cracking and the interior has fallen apart. Excessive road noise, uncomfortable seating position, and lousy ride and fuel mileage has made this the last Toyota we will ever buy. Also, this car made for idiots will not let you turn off the lights.




Matrix, a class by its

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Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

driving this one of a kind vehicle in its own class is quite intriguing with me. Besides purshasing at a reasonable price is well deserving.It should if not pass the rate of the corolla.



Full 2005 Toyota Matrix Review

What's New for 2005

The Matrix receives a revised front bumper, taillights and grille to freshen up the exterior, along with a new audio head unit design, optional side curtain airbags and other minor interior changes. Stability control is also newly optional.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 22
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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