Needs some improvements!
By goat herder on
2006 Toyota Matrix 4dr Wagon AWD (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
Handling in any slightly icy or wet weather is very poor. Gear shifts are poor with the tachometer spiking up and down as automatic shifts into gears. No room in tire hold for a real tire. I prefer not to use the donut. When I was removing a package from the passenger side, a handle flipped over the gear shift and the car jumped into reverse! (Ignition was still on but had been in park.) Fueel economy is nowhere near the sticker. Best I have gotten (100 per day highway driving) is 26 mpg. Whenever the weather is cold or wet, fuel economy drops and the "sticking" problem with the gears increases. At times it feels like I have to push the car to get it to move.
Great visibilty, great cargo space, good radio reception, easy getting in and out of seats.
Transmission needs work. Stability in wind and poor road conditions need work. Fuel economy needs improvement. Maintenance light is annoying. All plastic interior.