2012 Matrix 4speed auto/1.8L bought new. Logged 1,600miles and so far and I like it.
Ride is firm but pleasant. If tires are over-inflated, the ride can be harsh
Excellent cargo room with the rear seats folded down.
Decent acceleration, smooth, stable and quieter than I expected on the freeway. The steering does not provide as much road feel as I would like but it's quite acceptable.
On 1st tank of gas I got 28.7 MPG (US) [8.2 L/100Km] driving around the 'burbs'.
I noticed an occasional buzzing sound from the interior trim close to the passenger A-pillar. This is only complaint I have so far. With the cooler fall weather, the sound is hardly noticeable
Would buy again.
Fold-flat rear seats for excellent cargo space.
Good fuel economy.
Comfortable interior cabin.
1.8Liter engine is a good compromise between performance and fuel economy.
Extensive list of "advanced" safety features that I hope I'll never have to use.
These include Vehicle Stability and Traction Control, Brake Assist and Smart Stop technology.
It's too soon to comment on reliability but if it's anything like my previous Toyota's, it will be very reliable and have a low overall cost of ownership.
Quieter OEM tires.
More feeling in steering.
Occasional buzzing, vibrations and squeaks from interior trim around the dashboard should be addressed.
A 5 speed automatic would be nice even though I find the 4 speed auto to be quite good.
Purchase my Matrix in May . Have about 2000km on it now . I am uninspired.... no excitement with this car . I am not saying I am disapointed with the car it seems big enough , sturdy enough, the milage is no screaming hell but acceptable consider i used to drive a one ton ford 5.4l truck. The car is eaisy for large people to get into including the back seat the roof racks haul alot of weight but sit to far back on the car to be really use full you will have a hard time puting on a ski box on the roof with stock racks. Lacks adjustment on the intermittent wipers (no settable delay feature). Interior color is light grey and stains with a touch
sun roof, interior room, entry and exit ease. handling
great car but needs some excitement under the hood, more durable fabrics peple are purchasing this car to be a small suv or adventure type wagon (remember the old corolla square wagons they could be used for every thing)