2005 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: First Thoughts

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By hatchbacker on


2005 Toyota Matrix XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


The XRS is a lot of fun to drive. The
six shifts smooth; gates for 5th, 6th
and reverse take a little getting used
to. Oozes quality and value. Good
acceleration and handling. Strong
point is ergonomics-big back seat,
lotsa versatility, comfortable seats
all around. Easy entry/exit for all

Also considered loaded Mazda 3s, but
the space was not quite on a par with
Matrix, and Toyota's interior and
comfort appeal to me. Mazda 3s center
pillar intruded too far into my right

Best Features

Hatchback; ABS; air bags everywhere; strong/reliable engine; six speed; 17 in. wheels; JBL sound. Love the ergo's. Did I mention fuel economy? Does anybody remember that, these days?

Worst Features

Make more of them. They can be a little difficult to find. The only thing I'd like to see Toyota "get with it" on would be a tilt AND telescopic steering wheel. Otherwise the Matrix XRS is a great package.
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