SUV/CUV traits in a fun compact!
By Marvin on
2006 Toyota Matrix XR 4dr Wagon AWD (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
Only complaints are nit-picks. Car rides smooth and quiet, MPG is good for AWD, but fuel tank small (~300 mi range), seats are supremely comfy, lots of int storage, adjustable driver seat height, flexible cargo area, and great build quality. When compared to a sedan of this class, it feels more spacious, looks cooler, is more practical, and has AWD. Looks sportier than it is. Steering and suspension are great, but not sporty. Engine power is just OK (more power, lower MPG, so I'm OK w/ this). It has the industry's worst tonneau cover - borderline useless. 6-CD in-dash player won't play MP3 CDs and doesn't have aux-in.
Side air bags, ABS, TPMS, engine immobilizer, auto headlights, sunroof, cruise - a nice mix of econo-posh and safety. AWD+cargo area is similar a compact CUV (CRV, Rav, Escape), but with better MPG.
IP brightness could be better matched to stereo/climate control brightness. Cannot disable A/C when in defrost mode. Add options: reserve power for windows, heated seats, MP3 CD or aux-in, factory remote start, factory roof rack, better cargo/tonneau cover.