2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Sporty car for year-round fun

2005 Toyota Matrix Wagon - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

181 Total Reviews

All Models

Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sporty car for year-round fun
By dennyvibes on


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


I have had my Matrix for 6 years in March 2011. I bought it specifically for the all-wheel drive needed for New England winters. The Matrix never gets stuck in the snow, though the standard tires are slippery and you have to drive slowly to keep from skidding in turns, and make sure not to stop too suddenly. It's possible getting standard all-season tires instead of the sportier ones will remedy that. I LOVE driving my Matrix on beaches, sand dunes, and any off-roading I can get. It's so much fun! It holds its own with any 4X4 truck for any typical rugged fun. I just got into an accident in snow on an unplowed road, at a sharp curve, doing down a steep hill. My Matrix kept me safe and sound!

Favorite Features

All-wheel drive, adjustable seat height, fog lights, rear wiper. Car adjusts very comfortably to accommodate me at 5'0" tall and my husband at 6'1" tall.

Suggested Improvements

There is no setting for using the vent on the windshield with CLOSED exhaust. Both vent settings are OPEN exhaust only. Which means if I want my windshield to stay free of fog, I have to breathe in truck and car fumes. This is a MAJOR drawback that will affect what I buy next time I'm in the market for a new car. Even the new Camry, which I have as a loaner car right now, only keeps the exhaust closed for a couple of minutes before automatically shutting it off. So I have to risk taking my eyes off the road every two minutes to press the button to close the exhaust again.
Recommend (1) (0)
Report it
Comments (0) Post a Comment
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.


Nearby Inventory Zip Code UPDATE
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat online with us
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Call us at 855-782-4711
Text us at ED411