Seems to have been an excellent decision
By TEEJAY on
2006 Toyota Matrix 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Well with almost 16k on it now we haven't had one single problem! At first I thought my wife was crazy for wanting a 5 speed, but then I drove the Matrix. I love the intial acceleration that the manual offers. I leave all of those big gas hog SUVs sitting at the stop light and pass them again sitting at the gas pumps! We are averaging high 30s overall. On a long trip you can get over 40 mpg if you set the cruise at 70 mph. I plan on driving this thing well over 200k so I use synthetic motor oil and change every 5k when the maint. light comes on. I also installed a k&n filter which gives me a little more HP! Go Toyota!
Gas mileage and Toyota reliability! Also easy to do oil changes. Also the 5 speed manual is so easy to shift!
Maybe a few more horse?? Also would like to see a hybrid model that gets 50mpg soon!