Best choice for us
By alvin lau on
Vehicle2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
ReviewMy round trip commute is 50 miles. I
needed a safe, reliable, practical and
economical car. After studying the
competition (Honda CR-V, Subaru Legacy
wagon, etc.) I decided on a Matrix XR
4WD & haven't been disappointed yet.
The build quality appears good, the car
has enough pep for stop & go traffic as
well as cruising at 70+mph. Despite
carrying two full-sized adults w/
defrost always on, I average 26mpg so far.
The interior is quite roomy for a small
car and the flexibility of the fold-flat
seats is great. Things do slide around
the back a bit but there are cargo nets
My Matrix is easy to maneuver, fun to
drive and Toyota is generally reliable -
Best FeaturesElevated seating position for better visibility, roomy interior, fold-flat front passenger and rear seats for large cargo area, good gas mileage (26+mpg), 4WD, ABS, side airbags, side curtain airbags, daytime running lights, comfortable ride
Worst FeaturesMore hp & torque, the RAV4's 2.4l 4-cylinder/4WD system w/ auto tranny would be great in the Matrix The radio display & dashboard guages are hard to read in bright sunlight More comfortable seats, the seating position is too upright for me More sound proofing, road noise is a bit loud sometimes
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