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Toyota Matrix, Wagon
#3028 of 3315 Re: Base model vs. XR model [luvmbooty]
Mar 07, 2006 (9:22 am)
When I was looking to buy a Matrix a little over 1 year ago (2005 model) I too considered the Base Model vs. the XR. I ended up buying the XR because it had some standard equipment that's not even available on the Base model, such as: (1) color-keyed outside door handles and mirrors, (2) Power remote controlled outside mirrors, (3) 115V aux. power outlet, (4) fabric rear door trim, and (5) maplights.
I really liked the looks of the XR much better with the color-keyed mirrors and door handles. In addition, the non-power outside mirrors on the base model were difficult to adjust properly when I drove one. At the time I bought, I think the XR cost about $500 - $600 extra (when comparably equipped), which seemed reasonable for the extra features not available on the base model.
On my XR model, I also got the extra value package #1 (only $270), which includes color-keyed front and rear underbody spoilers, fog lamps, and cruise control. Cruise control can be ordered as a stand alone option on the base model, but the color-keyed spoilers (which I think really give the car a nice look) and foglamps aren't available on the base model.
Keep in mind that Toyota typically builds their cars with certain popular option configurations, and may not be willing to build certain models with or without some options. I had to special order my car because I wanted a 5-speed with side and head curtain airbags. (Not one of their standard option configurations, but at least they were willing to build it that way.)
As long as you recognize what's not available on the base model, and are happy without certain features, then the base model is a fine choice. My advice is if you can swing the extra money (less than $1,000) for the XR with the extra value package #1, you'll get a car with some nice additional features that might make you happier over the long run. Just my 2 cents worth.
#3029 of 3315 Re: Base model vs. XR model [johnc19]
Mar 07, 2006 (9:19 pm)
Thanks for the response! Do you know of any pics on the net I could see and compare the color-keyed outside door handles, mirrors, front and rear underbody spoilers?
Mar 10, 2006 (12:53 pm)
I was hoping for some information from all Matrix XRS owners. I'm thinking of buying one from either 2004 or 2005, and was hoping for some feedback from current owners.
What year is it?
Are you happy overall with the car?
How many miles do you have on it now?
What sort of maintenance costs have you incurred?
Thanks a ton!
#3031 of 3315 Re: Finally some info on the '08 Matrix [mmyk72]
Mar 11, 2006 (7:36 am)
No meaningful changes in 05 and 06's. Air and heat works fine and no squeaks or rattles, etc, after 4,000 miles on both of our Matrix. We have two XR's with automatics. No antilock brakes or side air bags. You have to add certain packages to get those options.
During this winter, mpg as not been as advertised, but with warmer temps it is improving.
We are most happy with both of them. Both RED - one with dark grey seats and the other with light grey!
At least in our area they are competing their twice a year $1000 coupon sale - Toyota is taking $1000 off your best deal. I think it ends 3/13.
I had my dealer order in our second one to coincide with the sale at Thanksgiving. Got both at invoice, but the second one at $1000 under invoice using the coupon sale.
#3035 of 3315 matrix quality
Mar 14, 2006 (2:19 pm)
i thought the corolla and the matrix would be the same . why are there so many bad things with the matrix?do the corollas have the same problems?that is why i would buy the matrix they say it has the corolla engine, that has a proven record. maybe they are not the same either.