2005 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Fun and versatile

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By Dogdoc on


2005 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


I retired a big SUV after 10 years and 160K miles to buy a new Matrix. It always gets noticed, and everybody likes the looks. I volunteer at a high school, and the kids have dubbed it "cool" and "so cute", about the highest praise available from teenagers. It seats five with good comfort (I've taken some of those same kids on a two-hour trip, and they stayed cheerful in the back seat) and it has the cargo room needed by a homeowner and business owner making weekend trips to Lowe's and Home Depot, and the plastic surface and abundant tiedowns and cubbies make the cargo area very useful. And it sure was nice to see the dials on the gas pump start with a "2" instead of a "4".

Best Features

Nice looks and excellent interior design, for both humans and cargo. Very versatile car.

Worst Features

A little more power would be nice, but it would no doubt come at the expense of fuel economy, and I'm not sure I want to give that up, either.
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