2006 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Good All Around Car

2006 Toyota Matrix - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Good All Around Car
By Landric on


2006 Toyota Matrix 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


I bought this car new in 06. I traded my 02 Mazda Protege ES in on it when the Mazda had 115000 miles (trouble free). I got the automatic because I was living in a high traffic volume area where its less fun to drive a manual. I got the base model with power windows and locks, keyless entry, cruise, etc. Its a great looking car with lots of interior space and a mostly well thought out interior. Ride is smooth, nice driving position, clear gauges, etc. I'm at 90k now & I need to trade it on a minivan because I can't fit a rear facing child seat behind me & still have enough space to drive (twins!). The throttle body went at 70K (covered by extended warranty) and the CD died at 80k.

Best Features

Styling, driving position, and lots of cargo space. I can fit my dresser in the back with the rear seats folded. The car has a smooth ride, and has been pretty reliable. Overall a good buy and very functional, if not exceptional, car.

Worst Features

Gas mileage was OK, but not fantastic. Average about 30 on the highway (sometimes a little better) and low 20's in town. I expected better from a 1.8 liter 4 cyl. Lack of safety features on the base model (ABS, side airbags). Not nearly as fun to drive as styling suggests, and the hubcaps go MIA.
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By mikekadid
on 05/06/14 14:50 PM (PDT)

I thought that I was the only one that got in the low { 21 to 23 } m.p.g. in the city. I have an automatic and just drive in the city Chicago and my gas mileage is not really that good for a 4-cly. I do not haul anything but that is my true mileage the hwy. is good at { 30 to 32 m.p.g. } why is city driving that low when Toyota said I will get about 25 -27 m.p.g.` s in the city ?? the car itself is great and I love it

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