2010 2011Toyota Matrix Expert Reviews

2010 2011Toyota Matrix Expert Reviews
2010 2011Toyota Matrix Expert Reviews

The 2010 Toyota Matrix is a compact crossover vehicle that can carry up to five people and plenty of cargo. The Matrix comes in a base version as well as S and sporty XRS trim levels. The Matrix competes with the Kia Spectra5, Mazda3 and related Pontiac Vibe. Features & Pricing
Excluding the destination charge, the Matrix starts at $16,190, roughly the same as the outgoing model equipped with similar features. Major standard features include A/C, a basic CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack and power mirrors. Power windows and locks with remote entry run $990. For $18,260, the Matrix S includes those features along with the 2.4-liter engine, a rear wiper and more. All-wheel drive adds $2,140, but it also includes an automatic transmission, which costs $1,190 otherwise.

The Matrix XRS starts at $20,660 and comes with 18-inch rims, a sport-tuned suspension and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Many of those features are optional on lesser trims. Other options include a navigation system, a moonroof and a premium stereo. Cruise control runs $250 on any trim. 2010 2011Toyota Matrix Expert Reviews

How it Looks
Toyota didn't reinvent the wheel with this version; the new face looks like a logical progression from the old model. The lights appear lower and leaner, and the bumper's chunky flanks seem on the verge of swallowing what lies between. The aggressiveness fits on this car, and it bears some resemblance to Toyota's forthcoming Venza crossover.

Overall length has increased by less than an inch, and ride height is about half an inch lower. Sadly, the liftgate no longer incorporates the previous model's glass hatch.

Sixteen-inch steel wheels with plastic covers come on the base model and Matrix S. For its price, the S really ought to have alloy rims, but they're optional. The XRS has standard 18-inch alloys.

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