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Toyota Does It Again!
By vicman17 on
2011 Toyota Matrix S 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Nice updated styling. XRS model 5-Speed manual (Canadian) with a 158hp 2.4 liter 16-valve VVT-i engine used in the Camry, Venza, RAV4 and Scion xB/ tC. Pretty peppy and good fuel economy. Our last long trip averaged 570kms (354mi) to a tankful of 89 oc gas (87 recommended). Simple interior trim with lots of plastic, but well put together. XRS Body kit/ Rear spoiler gives bit of a performance look, but not too overpowering. Flat fold-down rear seats and folding front passenger seat for larger cargo items. 18-inch rims gives a stiffer ride, but not jarring. Radio with AM/FM/CD/Sirius XM / USB/iPod functions. 115V and 12V power taps are a good touch. ABS/TCS/EBA safety features standard.
Tried and true Camry (timing chain) engine with decent fuel economy. Independent rear suspension. Double-DIN sized radio for future upgrades. Cruise Control stalk. Remote mirror controls. Black cloth interior. Leather covered steering with Radio/ Phone controls. Moonroof with express open/close feature. Passenger Airbag sensor. Tire Pressure Monitoring. Foglamps. Machine-finished wheels. Driver seat height adjustment. Separate Rear wiper controls. Cargo hooks/ eyelets Simple A/C vent controls. Large glove box, Door pocket drink holders. Electric power steering. Room for five average adults. Ample headroom/ legroom. Tight door gaps/ tolerances. Impressive quality. Great value.
Update this motor with Direct-Injection for better MPG/ more power. Power windows with express buttons on all 4 windows. Auto locking feature (manual trans). Better seat adjustments on BOTH front seats. Leather shift boot and handbrake cover to match steering wheel. Better road noise insulation. Better Door and hood insulation (sounds thin). Rigid tonneau cover. Separate Day/Night dimming controls. Softer suspension setting on XRS model. It can use a less-clunkier shift linkage (sounds hollow) and a 6-speed option. Offer a manual tranny option for the AWD version. Add a Fuel mileage display on dash. Offer better tire options. XRS should have HID headlights/ foot well lighting.