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#2420 of 3315 2004 XR FWD Auto test drive
Feb 15, 2004 (1:09 pm)
1. Take off: a little worse than expected. It felt sluggish, and the engine note was louder and sounded more strained than expected. I thoguht it would be more refined from a Toyota.
2. Once it got rolling: Went up to about 75 mph ( just over 3000 rpm in top gear) and it sounded and felt fine.
3. Handling and ride: Not too soft, about expected.
4. Gauges and dash - Beautiful gauges, and overall it looks up-scale. Numbers and LCD display in the gauges are now a cool white color - I like it better than the orange before. The speedometer now maxes out at 120 mph, which is easier to read than the useless 140 mph max marking before.
5. Seats and passenger space - high seating position feels good, and plenty of passenger space front and back for four six-footers. I really like the hard-wearing looking seat fabric.
I've been cross shopping between Matrix and CR-V. I'm heavily leaning toward the Matrix because of its better looking interior and better ride and handling.
San Jose, CA
#2421 of 3315 2005 Changes
Feb 16, 2004 (6:07 pm)
Just returned from the Canadian Intl Autoshow and they had a 2005 "Prototype" Matrix XR on display with a few changes compared to the 03-04. The grill is slightly different, the honeycomb look is broken up by a solid line in the middle (don't like it), the fog/driving lights are now closer to the edges of the newly designed front bumper (similar to the Vibes) as opposed to the current design where they are closer to the middle. The taillights have a clear look to them as opposed to the current red look. Inside cloth looks like it has changed slightly, but the car was locked and I could not touch it. The radio was different with the buttons more flush to the radio face, and it had 'Toyota' stamped on the top, unlike the GM sourced radio that did not have a name on it. Very subtle changes overall, and they are available in Canada this spring according to the posted sign.
Feb 19, 2004 (6:55 am)
You will not be disappointed. Actually, and maybe others will agree, after about 1,200 miles my Matrix seems smoother in ways. The engine feels like it revs better and I swear the car drives and rides better than when it had .8 miles on it. Good luck in your search.
#2424 of 3315 DO I NEED TO BUY THE EXTENDED WARRANTY?
Feb 24, 2004 (6:26 pm)
I'm shopping around for a Matrix, used edmunds, know exactly what I want, and received a few quotes from dealers. I have a loan approved but didn't consider buying the extended warranty.
Bottomline is do I need it?
#2425 of 3315 dealhunter
Feb 25, 2004 (5:27 am)
I didn't feel I needed it, but then I don't usually keep cars for very long so...
Anyway, the only car I've every used an extended warranty for was a 97 Sable. That warranty paid for itself a couple of times over before I finally dumped the car for an import.
#2426 of 3315 extended warranty
Feb 26, 2004 (4:34 am)
The only time I have ever bought them has been WHEN the car is almost out of warranty (and I'm planning to keep it). I don' see the reason to buy an extended warranty until the original warranty is almost up (unless you really need the cost of the warranty rolled in with the payment). You can shop around and haggle the prices of warranties. I would recommend sticking with a factory Toyota warranty. Also, when buying a warranty several miles/years later, the dealer selling you the warranty will inspect the car and probably require inspection of your maintenance records.
#2427 of 3315 XR second day review
Mar 01, 2004 (9:56 pm)
Just got my silver XR yesterday. This car is not handsome, but itís very distinctive and very interesting to look at. Overall it looks like the characters in Jimmy Neutron Ė a very big head on a very small body. The unusual shape makes it hard to judge its size by association. By itself it looks like a small car about the size of a Gulf. Park it next to an Accord or even a Sienna for comparison, you suddenly realize itís actually pretty big. Move it away from other cars and it looks small again.
The ďOptitronĒ gauges look beautiful. I love the way the needles glow red for about a second before the dials are lit. The controls and ride are so buttery smooth and quiet, like a Sienna (this really surprised me for whatís basically an economy car), except much nimbler. The 6-disc changer stereo looks much better than the base unit. While the base unit (single disc stereo) has a muddy orange display with big numbers that look out of focus (and cheap), the display on the 6-disc changer is red, smaller, and sharply defined to have a precision instrument look.
By the way, I picked the Matrix over Mazda 3 hatchback (more sporty, but not enough utility) and Honda CR-V (too un-sporty, bigger than I need). I also thought about getting a Murano (very nice) real hard at the last moment, but thatís a different story.
San Jose, CA
#2428 of 3315 matrix vs. mazda 3 hatchback
Mar 03, 2004 (12:05 pm)
hello all, I have been shopping the Matrix and Mazda 3 hatch. Each one has it's pros and cons. I am trying to gather input from anyone that may have also compared the two. I am undecided and hope that someone can give me some info on their comparison and buying decision.......thanks.
#2429 of 3315 Re Matrix vs. Mazda3
Mar 03, 2004 (12:50 pm)
I've taken a good look at both of these. IMO the Matrix is ahead on cargo room, rear seat comfort, ride comfort, and price (pretty loaded for about $17.5K + T&L). The Mazda3 has better handling, more power, and is better looking (IMO). Both should be reliable. So if you need to haul a lot of people/gear, the Matrix might be the one. If you like sportier performance/handling, the Mazda should come out on top.