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The Perfect Solution
By SHINDIG on
2007 Toyota Matrix XR 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
The Matrix is quite possibly the best compromise in size, comfort, fuel economy, and good looks. A quiet and smooth drive, with "peppy" acceleration I did not expect from the horsepower ratings. Great fuel economy (28.5 mpg in 80/20 city/hwy driving), and spacious interior. This was my SUV "alternative," and so far, so great. I'm personally a big fan of the exterior styling, although the interior dash could use a "refreshing" a la the new Camry. Toyota quality is excellent - the doors close with a solid "thwump" - not that empty, hollow-door feeling.
Fuel economy, exterior styling, quiet and smooth ride.
Refresh the dash and center console. Make side airbags and anti-lock brakes standard - I couldn't get these options without getting a fully-loaded Matrix.