2005 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: First Thoughts
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2005 Toyota Matrix Wagon - Consumer Review

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By hatchbacker on

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2005 Toyota Matrix XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

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The XRS is a lot of fun to drive. The six shifts smooth; gates for 5th, 6th and reverse take a little getting used to. Oozes quality and value. Good acceleration and handling. Strong point is ergonomics-big back seat, lotsa versatility, comfortable seats all around. Easy entry/exit for all riders. Also considered loaded Mazda 3s, but the space was not quite on a par with Matrix, and Toyota's interior and comfort appeal to me. Mazda 3s center pillar intruded too far into my right shin.

Best Features

Hatchback; ABS; air bags everywhere; strong/reliable engine; six speed; 17 in. wheels; JBL sound. Love the ergo's. Did I mention fuel economy? Does anybody remember that, these days?

Worst Features

Make more of them. They can be a little difficult to find. The only thing I'd like to see Toyota "get with it" on would be a tilt AND telescopic steering wheel. Otherwise the Matrix XRS is a great package.
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