The New 2013 Toyota Matrix: Is it worth it?
Published August 7, 2012
The Toyota Matrix combines the style and spirit of a sporty car and the functionality of a small sport utility vehicle with the affordability of a compact sedan.
The Matrix is available in two front-wheel drive trim levels (Base and S) and one all-wheel drive trim level (S). The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine found in the Base trim produces 132 horsepower, while S trims are equipped with a 158-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Available transmissions include a five-speed manual, four-speed automatic and a five-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Every Matrix is equipped with 16-inch wheels, heated exterior mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control and a CD player with MP3 capability. Standard safety features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with integrated traction control, anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, front side-impact airbags, front and rear curtain airbags, front active head restraints and a tire pressure monitoring system.
For 2013, the Matrix receives an upgraded standard audio system with hands free capability. The Base trim is now equipped with six speakers. In addition, it had some slight redesigns to it, changing the dimensions of the body a bit in order to decrease the weight and give it a little bit more speed.
Starting for as low as 18 grand, you’ll be able to take the Matrix home. If you’re a fan of these compact-style cars, such as the Prius and Mini Cooper, you’re going to love the Matrix. Mini Cooper’s are a little too expensive for most people, so I expect to see the Matrix get more popular as time goes on. If you’re like me and you like something a little bigger yet efficient, I would recommend looking at something like the Chevy Volt.
Overall, I think most car experts and fans alike agree that there are much better options out there than the Toyota Matrix, and a few of them have optional all-wheel drive. These competitors outshine the Matrix with better performance, nicer interiors and more passenger space. Still, like I said, there is an increasing shift towards compact cars like these, so even though there are better options out there, I expect the affordability of the Matrix to play a big role in its sales.
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