Great car but needs bigger engine
By Artski on
2005 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
It's best on the highway. Handles great. Super gas mileage. it made LA to Vegas with less than 9 gals doing 85 to 95. It carries tons of stuff with the back seats down. I chose the xr instead of the XRS because the extra 50 hp comes on after 6000 rpm and most of my driving is under that. The XRS engine is is great if you want to race or been drinking. I do nether. I've had an Integra GSR and that car had a very similar power band. If they put the lexus Is300 engine and transmission, it would be really hot.
Handling, flat folding back seats, spacious truck, styling,
My major complaint is that it lack low end torque. I have been driving sticks for years and even though it's fun, it gets to be a drag in the city. I've driven the Mazada3 with their 160 hp engine with their auto with the manual shift override and I may get that when my lease is up.