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Chevrolet Aveo, Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus, Mazda Protege5, Suzuki Aerio, Honda Civic, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback, Sedan
#534 of 771 Matrix/Vibe or Aerio SX or Focus ZX5
Dec 25, 2005 (10:08 am)
I've looked and drove all three of these cars a few weeks ago. Its been very tough deciding on what kind of ecomical compact car to purchase as there is so much on the market. I looked at pretty much all brands but I've always came back to these three.
Outside looks I like the Matrix hands down. It's a bit bigger then the other two but the inside of the Suzuki seems to be just as good. The focus doesn't have as much rear hatch room though.
Driving the Focus seems to shift and drive the best. The Matrix has lots of cabin noise compared to the the other two.
My hang up on the Matrix/Vibe is price for what you get. If I was to price out a Matrix with all the options the Aerio SX has it would be $4-5K more! The Suzuki comes standard with ABS and side air bags along with much more.
The focus my wife doesn't care for too much plus she say's there is so many of them on the street!
So I guess we're down to the Matrix or Aerio unless something changes.
I have read several reviews on the Matrix most loved them but a common complaint was road noise, rattles, squeaks, and general "cheap" interior. I drove a couple used Matrix/Vibes and I was not impressed with the rattles & noise. Did they improve on these things in 2006?? Or will a 2006 sound and feel the same in a couple years too??
As for the Suzuki well they are not as popular but the reviews I have read have been positive for the most part.
I like the interior and dash layout on the Suzuki. Plus it seems to have a better heater then Matrix. At least on the cold night we test drove the 3 cars. I live in a climate with cold winters where it can get down to 30 below!
Fuel mileage is important and the Matrix is on top. But then it does have the smallest hp under the hood. Also I think alot has to do with the driver.
So I'm "wanting" the Toyota Matrix but can't help but thinking the Suzuki is the better car and better buy.
Anyone else been down this road before looking for a hatchback??
#535 of 771 Re: Matrix/Vibe or Aerio SX or Focus ZX5 [hayman]
Dec 25, 2005 (1:34 pm)
Another advantage of the Aerio if you live in a northern climate is that you can get all-wheel drive as an option. It is probably the least expensive awd car you can get.
I'm not crazy about the exterier styling of the Aerio SX: the back end looks a little odd and the profile a little out of proportion, but the interior is great, with a top-notch stereo that includes 6-disc changer and a subwoofer! The rear seating area looks a little awkward with a very upgright seat, but it seems comfortable enough.
#536 of 771 Re: Matrix/Vibe or Aerio SX or Focus ZX5 [doohickie]
Dec 28, 2005 (5:43 pm)
"The rear seating area looks a little awkward with a very upgright seat, but it seems comfortable enough."
The rear of the seats can recline. There are latches on the extreme top right and -left side of the seat backs that can be pulled up to adjust the seat backs.
#537 of 771 This is an Elantra Forum
Dec 28, 2005 (7:28 pm)
Please comment on the Elantra or use another forum. Thanks!
#538 of 771 Re: This is an Elantra Forum [pocono35]
Dec 28, 2005 (7:30 pm)
Wrong--this is a discussion to talk about all kinds of hatchbacks, including the Elantra. See the list at the top of your screen.
#539 of 771 Re: Matrix/Vibe or Aerio SX or Focus ZX5 [carthell]
Dec 30, 2005 (8:43 am)
Really? The seats can recline? Hmmmm.... it looked like they were latched to hard points at the top and didn't look reclinable. I've seen reviews on the Aerio SX that commented on the upright position of the seats also. Like I said, they look at little odd, but when you sit in them, they feel fine... even upright.
Dec 31, 2005 (6:07 pm)
Has any one saw the new larger wheels you can get on the New Aveo and what to they think of the changes they did to the interior,,,,fabric changes and new satin metal looking accents on the dash.
#541 of 771 Re: Matrix/Vibe or Aerio SX or Focus ZX5 [doohickie]
Dec 31, 2005 (6:30 pm)
"Really? The seats can recline? Hmmmm.... it looked like they were latched to hard points at the top and didn't look reclinable."
The amount of play is maybe 1"-3" (approx.), just enough (for me) to feel comfortable back there.
#542 of 771 Re: Matrix/Vibe or Aerio SX or Focus ZX5 [hayman]
Jan 03, 2006 (10:10 pm)
I passed on the Aerio and ordered a Vibe.
Test drove the Aerio and Vibe back to back on the same route this time and found the Aerio's ride no better then the Vibe other than a bit more power.
Took along a friend also and he noticed a few things I missed.
Suzuki has thrown a bunch of options into this car to make it an attractive little car to buy.
I still think its a "good value" if you like the looks of it and it suits your needs.
Another issue was they are bringing out an all new SX in the summer so this one might be discontinued.
#543 of 771 Re: Matrix/Vibe or Aerio SX or Focus ZX5 [hayman]
Jan 17, 2006 (8:28 am)
I wanted to like the looks of the Aerio, but I just couldn't make myself do it.