Toyota reliability, but that's about it.
Average car with overly sensitive pedals and average appearance.
The inside space is used effectively, standard materials for the price point, but the overall design isn't for me personally.
No issues in two years/45,000km.
Don't enjoy driving it too much, but it is certainly functional, with lots of hatchback space for groceries, a large dog - whatever you need.
Gas consumption leaves a lot to be desired; even by 2010 model year standards it was decidedly average.
Not great fan of the seats.
Interior space, reliability, solid build, functionality are good.
Drive enjoyability, consumption, appearance are bad. Could to better, could do worse
2010 Toyota Matrix S 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
The second generation of the Toyota Matrix features instantly noticeable larger exterior dimensions, with predictable design cues derivative from the previous model. The interior is all Pontiac (as the Matrix shares a platform with the Vibe) and at a total loss for any real style. The driver's view offers a landscape of unbalanced, drab plastic shapes with chunky knobs and no real aesthetic appeal. Although the build quality seems solid, the lack of inspired design renders the interior joy-less. The blind spot created by the large C-pillar, combined an awkward angle and size of the third window makes the car very hard to see out of at the rear. Fuel economy on the 2.4 has been disappointing.
The flat-folding cargo area is fairly spacious and features an excellent hard plastic surface, with rubberized strips running it's length to help keep your items where you put them. This makes it a great service vehicle, and a great place to put your dog without worrying about your K-9, or other species of pal wrecking your interior... although in the Matrix they really can't do it much more damage than Toyota did.
The car is unremarkable while driving on the highway or in traffic, but there's nothing wrong with adequate here. The turning radius of my AWD 2.4 model is tight and makes the car easy to maneuver in small spaces, provided you can see in the direction you want to move.
A fresh-sheet for the Matrix, or bring in a new Model. Pontiac is no longer building cars, so the Matrix's future seems quite unknown. The power-trains are outdated, the slip-then-grip AWD and electronic traction and stability control render the car slightly unpredictable when active under acceleration. As the car sorts out the grip and moves power around to it's chosen corner, the allocation of power causes the car to lurch and twist as it accelerates. A little more style to the exterior, a lot more style to the interior, and add a more efficient drivetrain and a simply better AWD system... You do partner with Subaru. My 2011 5-door Impreza is a superior car inside, technically, and out.
I feel like I paid way too much for the 2010 Matix S which has basic insides- no bells or whisles- blah. The car sounds like its dragging, the tires already are worn before 15,000 miles and hear the problem doesnt go away. Blind spots, drivers head rest is a blind spot and and eye sore and its not comfortable. I use it for work and back. I dont want to take it on long trips for its uncomfortable. Telescope steering wheel means 1/2 in closer to the engine, thats already in your lap.
Gorgious body, awesome silver color, very roomy, seats convert to a seamless flat bed, rear windows are small so children dont fall out. outside lights are kewl and clean easy..
Dangerous bind spots between rear window and backseat passengers windows. I always cant see cars when they are there. Fix the flaw in the Tires that Cup way to soon and will keep cupping. I can see why you dont add bells and whisles because it would cause distractions and foresure I would have gotten in accidents . I drive 55-70mph just because Im scared to crash.
I bought a 2010 Matrix 5 speed manual base model at the beginning of 2010. This is a functional car that is very average. I found a few significant drawbacks too, primarily in poor design and build but also in very poor visibility. I think there are better cars available in this category and wouldn't buy the Matrix again.
PROS: roomy interior, great fuel economy, reasonable cost
CONS: very poor visibility(huge pillars, small raised rear window), water drips from roof onto seats when doors open, cheap interior feel, doors sound 'tinny', matte finish dashboard collects scuffs when you touch it and has rough seams, clunky manual transmission and hard to shift into reverse