2005 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Aghh, Not Impressed

2005 Toyota Matrix - Consumer Review

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XR Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Aghh, Not Impressed
By Melissa on


2005 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Too bad, I bought this car new, because I'm not a fan. Walking into the dealership it was all about getting a car with good gas mileage. But stepping down from a Subaru Forester made the Matrix's shortcomings more obvious. Dislikes: Seating position. I feel like I'm sitting in a booster chair-- Not comfortable. Puny engine. Toyota sells this car as sporty. If you're looking for somewhat-sporty styling, but poor agility this is your car. Rapid acceleration is labored. The Matrix also seems to rock from front to back. Tires are tiny. Especially dislike occasionally bottoming out in this car with low grills & bumper. Miss everything about my Subaru Forester but the gas mileage

Best Features

Gas mileage sold me on this car. Hatchback/wagon. Fold-down seats rear & passenger front seats.

Worst Features

An engine with more torque. Higher road clearance. Bigger tires. Better handling. Remove manual overdrive option.
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