2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
I've had my 2005 XR AWD for 3 months now. It has really exceeded my expectations. Not one problem, and it's so solid, practical and well designed that I don't know why it doesn't get more attention (maybe a name change would help). It's perfect for my needs, great for shopping and transporting stuff, and the mpg are in line with the expected rating. I don't miss my jeep v8 grand cherokee at all (especially the gas guzzling). So comfortable and easy, great value for the $$$, a real joy to own and drive. What a nice surprise!
XR has firm comfortable seats, good leg room, easy entr/exit, great compartments, rear hatch window w/remote, controls all in easy reach. really love the shifter location, easy to clean fold flat cargo area, and nice 'n easy handling. haven't had snow yet, but looking forward to trying out the AWD
coming from a v8, i would like a little better acceleration (perhaps offer the RAV engine with the awd if poss.), but i'm getting used to it. be careful with the paint, it scratches easy. offer lux. pkg with leather, power seats, navi, bet. stereo & retract. antenna. rear vis. hard if you're short