No Highway Cruiser
By Ron Fielding on
2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
I bought this car for a winter traveler. It has proven to not be suitable for that. The AWD is great, it corners like a go cart, but the tiny gas tank is a pain. It goes pretty far on the first half of the gauge, but look for a station because you can almost see the level drop the second half. The engine is too small for the weight, so it it buzzy on the highway, and the mileage suffers if you push it on the hills. It does low thirties around town, but has gotten just over twenty, one tank, on the highway. That was in the mountains, and running the 75 limit. My wife is the primary driver when we don't travel, and she won't let me trade it for something else.
The wife likes the styling, I don't. It is fun to drive. Everything works like it should. Great quality.
Needs more power, and more gears in the automatic transmission. The 10.8 gallon fuel tank is a joke. Also I added a vinyl side strip, as they have no protection from doors.