One Year with the AWD Matrix
By mick on
Vehicle2004 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
ReviewI have 15500 miles after one year with the 2004 AWD Matrix. No mechanical problems. I am located in the upper midwest so AWD in the winter is a big deal. Winter came and I had no problems. Summer time I have a boat so we are on the water and at the beach a lot. It is a great beach car. I average about 31 mpg on the highway and 21-24 mpg in town. For a 4-wheel drive, that is as good as it gets. Zippy and nimble in town. Comfortable on long trips. Needs more low-end tourque. Big hills can be an issue.
Best FeaturesRoominess is great. It is really a "swiss army knife" of a vehicle. It does a little bit of everything. Most things it performs above average at. I put after market rims and an MP3 player in it. Great road trip car now!
Worst FeaturesEngine performance is seriously lacking. Upgrade the AWD system to go along with a small 6-cylinder. Do that and Toyota would have one heck of a car here. Forget the supercharger. That thing makes no difference in lower RPM ranges.
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