2004 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Fun But Also a Pain

2004 Toyota Matrix - Consumer Review

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XRS Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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Fun But Also a Pain
By Tanamoor on


2004 Toyota Matrix XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


Pros: Good acceleration, great on trips. Comfortable inside, roomy for passengers, the seats lie flat, front passenger seat lies down - can carry long items. Has an AC outlet. I loved the 6 dsc CD changer and the moonroof. Nice looking exterior. The seat sits a little higher than most sedans and the shift lever is forward on the dash which is comfortable for me. Cons: gas pedal is very touchy. It is easy to stall out when starting from a standstill. Sometimes it has trouble going into 1st or 2nd gears. The engine is annoyingly loud. The "apron" or skirt deal under the front grill is very cheap and low to the ground so it gets scraped all the time.

Best Features

Large flat cargo bed. Great on trips.

Worst Features

The gearbox is weird. It should have traction control because it sometimes won't grip the road when starting out. Engine should be more quiet. Take the apron off.
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