2006 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Love My Matrix XRS

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Love My Matrix XRS
By J. Palmer on


2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


I bought this car with 19,000 miles on it. At the time, I was unaware of the particulars of the XRS trim level. I liked the idea of a manual... bonus was that it is a 6-speed. It is the best of both worlds because I can haul the kids around, then my band equipment, then on the weekends unload it and cruise around town with a little power under me. Even with the extra power my, mostly highway, fuel economy is around 30 mpg. Have almost 50,000 miles and not even a hint of trouble. One of the best, most fun to drive cars that I have ever owned.

Best Features

The JBL CD changer sound system. The 6-speed transmission with plenty of pep. The switch to the high speed cam at 6400 rpm... varoom. The comfortable seating. The ample cargo space and tie-down accommodations.

Worst Features

More torque. A little lower stance.
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