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By alvin lau on
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2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
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My round trip commute is 50 miles. I needed a safe, reliable, practical and economical car. After studying the competition (Honda CR-V, Subaru Legacy wagon, etc.) I decided on a Matrix XR 4WD & haven't been disappointed yet. The build quality appears good, the car has enough pep for stop & go traffic as well as cruising at 70+mph. Despite carrying two full-sized adults w/ defrost always on, I average 26mpg so far. The interior is quite roomy for a small car and the flexibility of the fold-flat seats is great. Things do slide around the back a bit but there are cargo nets and tie-downs. My Matrix is easy to maneuver, fun to drive and Toyota is generally reliable - recommended!
Favorite Features
Elevated seating position for better visibility, roomy interior, fold-flat front passenger and rear seats for large cargo area, good gas mileage (26+mpg), 4WD, ABS, side airbags, side curtain airbags, daytime running lights, comfortable ride
Suggested Improvements
More hp & torque, the RAV4's 2.4l 4-cylinder/4WD system w/ auto tranny would be great in the Matrix The radio display & dashboard guages are hard to read in bright sunlight More comfortable seats, the seating position is too upright for me More sound proofing, road noise is a bit loud sometimes
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