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Toyota Matrix, Wagon
#2924 of 3315 Re: Concern: Very High Injury Loss for Matrix [jpmccormac]
Aug 23, 2005 (7:44 am)
Just what is the Highway Loss Data Institute measuring in this study? I just did a quick Google search with the keywords "crash test" and "Toyota Matrix" and discovered that at least the 2005 Matrix fares pretty well in crash tests. (Some of the sites that come up are competing forums, so I unfortunately can't list them here. You'll need to do this search for yourself.)
The previous post's point is well taken that there could not be a huge sample of Matrixes in the study for the period covering 2001-03. And the wording of the quote makes me think that the study really is not an indication of vehicle safety. For example, you could have a very safe vehicle involved in more crashes than the average car (maybe because the vehicle in question tends to be driven by younger and less experienced drivers). So there could easily be a greater frequency of injury claims when compared to another vehicle that doesn't do as well on crash tests but that also is involved in fewer accidents.
Aug 28, 2005 (5:56 pm)
Can I repace the standard 205/55R16 tires with 205/50R16?
#2926 of 3315 Re: Tire size [jaembe]
Aug 29, 2005 (2:16 am)
The 205/50R16's will have less load carrying capacity. Overloaded tire failures are not pretty sights!
#2927 of 3315 Driver head restraint & short people
Aug 31, 2005 (9:11 am)
I love my new 2006 Matrix XR. I find, however, that because of my height (5'4.5") the head restraint pushes my head forward and places uncomfortable pressure on my neck. I've tried all different positions for both it and the seat back, without finding a comfortable driving position. Does anyone have a suggestion for a solution (other than completely removing the head restraint!)? Anyone know of a flattened pyramid-shaped pillow that would cover the gap between where the restraint pushes forward and where the seat slopes back?
I also find that the steering wheel could be much closer to me and that the center arm rest is much too far toward the back to be comfortable. I realize that I myself am a bit short on one end, but as I can't change that, I'm looking for possible solutions.
#2928 of 3315 Re: Tire size [jaembe]
Aug 31, 2005 (10:23 am)
I have replaced the Tires on my vibe with 205/50R16 and it has a much smoother ride.... and it didn't mess up the speed either...
#2929 of 3315 Driver head restraint
Aug 31, 2005 (11:06 am)
Why not purchase yourself one of those orthopedic wedge shaped cusions. It would raise you upward to where your head restraint shold be comfortabe and there are also automobile seat type cushions that when placed on the drivers seat would not only raise you higher but also more forward toward the steering wheel.You can find these at almost any PepBoys, AutoZone...or ...jcwhitney.com (even walmart auto section, Target, K Mart!!!
Sounds to me that you should have more thoroughly test driven the Matrix before spending the money?????
You say you "love" your new Matrix????? You are not going to "love" it for long unless you get comfortable in it!!!!
#2930 of 3315 Re: Driver head restraint & short people [ia3d]
Sep 01, 2005 (9:14 am)
Hi. I had the same problem. Guess what?! You can completely pull the headrest out of the top of the seat and turn it around so that the flat side is facing forward. It makes all the difference in the world.
#2931 of 3315 Why no manual/VSC combo?
Sep 02, 2005 (7:59 am)
Anyone know why Toyota only offers VSC with automatic transmission/FWD Matrixes? It seems odd they don't offer some species of traction control (even if not full-blown VSC system) with manual transmission/FWD.
I currently have AWD with manual trans ('97 Outback), am leaning toward '06 Outback, but am also shopping some FWD wagons (Focus, Matrix). Matrix would be strong contender if not for this omission.
#2932 of 3315 Recommend Matrix for grandpa?
Sep 03, 2005 (8:02 am)
Hi everyone. I'm trying to identify a car that is 1) very reliable (hence looking at Toyota and Honda first) 2) has the latest safety features (like side impact airbags and good crash ratings) and 3) has the option of adding a navigation system. This is a car for grandpa and he doesn't know what he wants, though he is leaning towards a hatchback so I volunteered to do some research for him. He's also about 5'2" so I need a car that has good visibility for him. He is used to driving a Nissan 300ZX, which has a lot of power, but it's an old car with few safety features and not as reliable.
Would you recommend the Matrix for this kind of driver? My boss, who is 5', has a Matrix and seems to really like it. Thanks for your help!
#2933 of 3315 Re: Recommend Matrix for grandpa? [smiles33]
Sep 04, 2005 (10:02 am)
My wife drives our Matrix. She's about 5'3" and the car seems more comfortable for her than for me (about 7 inches taller). But I'm not sure this is the best vehicle if visibility is a big issue. Side and rear visibility is not nearly as good IMHO as in our older vehicles, including an '89 Nissan Sentra wagon.
Have you looked at the Scion hatchback model? That's a Toyota product and may be more comfortable with better visibility. A friend of mine was looking at the Scion for his 90-year-old mother (who insists on driving a standard transmission BTW). He thought it would be a good vehicle -- easy to get into and out of, nice size, etc. Odd thing he noted was that cruise control wasn't included, but he figured that wasn't important since his mother wouldn't be doing much if any highway driving.