2005 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Good all around hauler
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2005 Toyota Matrix - Consumer Review

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Good all around hauler
By stoutbrewer on

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

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I traded in my 2003 Tacoma four door in on the Matrix XR. Getting 25 MPG in mostly city driving is a refreshing change. The base engine could use more torque to get it moving. The car handles well and manuvers in parking lots with ease. The interior is very functional and easy to configure. Toyota redid the chin spoiler so it looks better and doesn't scrape like the older models. As with most Toyota's the Matrix will hold its value, be low maintenance and be trouble free over the log haul. It's a good alternative to a SUV. The worst problem I had was blind spots. I bought two small mirrors and the problems solved.

Best Features

I like not having the passenger airbag not armed with no one in the seat. The tire pressure monitor system really works

Worst Features

Putting the 180 HP engine in with the automatic as the Celica does..
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