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Great car for the money
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By shar
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2005 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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I love this car. It drives so well. I had a small SUV, and it was difficult to drive. So all the storage capabilities of the SUV are in this Matrix, and yet it drives like a car and the gas mileage is like a car. All that see it are very impressed with the style. It's also a fun car to drive.


Best Features

storage capabilities, style, color (phantom grey, great handling


Worst Features

more insulation inside the roof - heavy rain is a bit noisy. Rain coming in the open windows - no "gutter" to keep the rain from coming in.


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Sell price
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By carolle
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2005 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Tell me what is really necessary to maintain the actual warranty, ect. lube oil filter and full service. What is the actual re-sale value my car is actually a 2004 matrix


Best Features

easy to handle and feel it wil last the life of the car


Worst Features

wish i had power steering on the basic model as the car would perform better on the highway. This should be mandatory nor extra.


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Spunky car
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By cmpchicky
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2005 Toyota Matrix XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


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The XRS model is good for those who love to drive. The fuel economy can be better - it requires fuel with octanes of 91 or higher. It could hurt the wallet if you drive a lot. Otherwise, i love it.


Best Features

Very Spacious - like a small SUV Moonroof Great pickup for a 4-cyl


Worst Features

fuel economy tempermental radio system


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Just what I was looking for
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By Ryan
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2005 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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When we were looking to buy, we had a few primary concerns: cargo space, being able to park it in NYC, mileage, price, and of course safety. We're thrilled with the Matrix because it's delivered on all fronts. Playing in a band, I need to haul alot of equipment around with me- it has more than enough space and the plastic cargo area is durable and eases loading in/out. It's shorter (though taller and wider) than the Corolla, and parking even in tight spots has been a breeze. the MPG has been at around 28-32, depending on where i'm driving (city or hwy), and this will go up over the next year or two. i paid 15,000 for it, which i was happy with! and it's gotten great safety ratings!


Best Features

Ergonimcal interior design, high placement of the manual shift (closer to the steering wheel). plenty of cargo space compared to most hatchbacks. Plastic cargo area. overall economy of the vehicle. better than average factory stereo. VERY good pickup and handling for a small car!


Worst Features

A less wimpy horn. better placement of the coin holder (it's under the parking brake, which is hard to reach). more adjustible drivers side seating. a less flimsy trunk cover. I HATE plastic bumpers- at least have an option of a real bumper that doesn't break or chip if someone bumps you lightly.


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Don't look any further
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By jjehly
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2005 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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This car is a LOT of fun to drive. The ride is a little more stiff than the Camry and it's a little louder. The guages are extremely easy to see even in direct sunlight and are very well thought out. All of the controls are within easy reach and make sense where they are placed. The driver's seat has a height adjustment so my wife (on the short side) can see out just as well as I can when she lifts it up. Our 3 kids fit in the back without any problems and my 10 year old still has plenty of leg room and room to grow even when I have the seat as far back as I need it. The seats folding and creating a flat loading space is great, durable and easy to clean.


Best Features

Gas mileage (avg. 30 so far). Flat-folding rear seats. Sporty look and feel.


Worst Features

Make 4-wheel disc brakes and option for the XR too, not just the XRS.


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