2005 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Mainly happy

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By GMcGuire on


2005 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


I've been mainly happy, when you treat the thing like a motorcycle and bang off the redline at 6,000 rpm in 1st thru 3rd it works not too badly. Engine slow idle is a bit lumpy, and it lacks a bit of power with the a/c on. Absolutely must have 4 good snow tires installed, it's very light and it steps around quite a bit even on wet pavement. Great gas mileage, lots of room and functionality.

Best Features

Fun to drive, good gas mileage.

Worst Features

30 second re-lock has to go; so does the moronic panic button on the back of the remote where I set if off at least once a week. Needs better stereo. Does have the "long crank" issue, sometimes it won't start - have to turn the key off and then try again.
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