2005 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Good Car

2005 Toyota Matrix - Consumer Review

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

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Good Car
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2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


This was my first all-wheel-drive
vehicle, and today was my first day in
the snow. This was an excellent choice
for me as it's a solid, reliable car
with some panache and good
affordability (don't like spending a
bundle on cars). Cargo area is
surpisingly useful for a compact.
Interior is not luxurious but fun and
utilitarian. Good cup holders and a
cubby just right for a garage door
opener is included.

Best Features

The All-Wheel-Drive is a dream come true on my hilly, snowy driveway. I like the driving position--car is higher than a standard compact but lower than an SUV. CD changer is intuitive and works well.

Worst Features

I would like a true remote hatch release--the remote on the car only opens the hatch window a crack, not the door. The keyless entry is no help here either. The panic alarm is emabarrasingly easy to set off on a set of keys in man's pocket.
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