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Toyota Matrix, Wagon
Mar 13, 2002 (9:54 am)
I was supposed go for my G today, but the public service guys went on strike, so no go for the driving test. Instead, I went driving around with my dad (he needed to pick up some stuff at FutureShop) and passed by a Toyota dealer to check out the new stuff.
The Matrix XRS (the one they had in the showroom) was pretty nice. I sat the driver seat and played around with the differnt knobs and seat adjustments. It's a lot different than the 2000 Corolla I drive now. For some reason, the trunk "area" seems pretty small with all of the seats up. It's probably just a perception thing, because the hatch area is pretty deep. One thing I was wondering is how to open the glass portion of the hatch only. I couldn't find a latch or anything, except the one for the whole door. Oh well... it's probably just me...
Overall, the Matrix seems more solid than the Corolla I currently have the priviledge of driving. Oooo... one interesting thing, the HVAC and radio control seem more streamlined and more efficient. Very cool indeed....
Oh well... it'll be awhile before I consider purchasing a car (going to university next year), but it seems like a good contender... I wonder what the 2007 Matrix will be like...
#838 of 3315 ed_scott0013 (OT) Hang in there
Mar 13, 2002 (10:10 am)
After college you might be driving that sweet car o' yours instead of a Matrix!
#839 of 3315 Hang in there oops
Mar 13, 2002 (10:11 am)
ps I meant to type sweet DREAM car....
Mar 13, 2002 (10:12 am)
You never know... Anything is possible.
But I wonder if I can fit my bass case in the trunk of an SLK32...
#841 of 3315 echowrangler seat covers
Mar 13, 2002 (11:14 am)
Say check out post #820.. This site has seat covers that support side airbags...
#842 of 3315 trunk area
Mar 13, 2002 (12:32 pm)
The trunk measurements for the Matrix (floor dimensions) are smaller than the Corolla's. The reason for this is that the Matrix is 7 inches shorter than the Corolla. However it is 3 inches wider and almost 3 inches taller. Total cargo capacity for the Corolla is 13.6 cu./ft versus 15.1 cu./ft with the rear seats up for the Matrix. I predict that if the Matrix is a success, Toyota will unveil a larger "CUV" within the next couple of years. Corolla - Camry, RAV - Highlander, Matrix - ?
#843 of 3315 Larger crossover
Mar 13, 2002 (12:47 pm)
It seems hatchbacks are trendy again. I know Mazda has a new 6 sedan and they also had a hatchback. Perhaps Toyota will Matrixize a Camry.
ed_scott0013 To open the glass only portion of the hatch, you hit the hatch button on the keyless entry. There's also a button to the left of the steering wheel. Or just put the key in the trunk and turn one way to open the whole hatch...the other way to open the glass. As for trunk room....it's shorter but much higher than a Corolla.
Mar 14, 2002 (5:42 am)
Can you open the whole hatch from the driver's seat or just the glass? I am guessing the rear hatch also is connected to the 4 front doors power lock so when you hit the lock/unlock (whether remote or inside the vehicle) you lock/unlock the hatch as well...
#845 of 3315 Hatch
Mar 14, 2002 (7:08 am)
THe button to the left of the steering wheel just releases the rear glass. You are correct, the whole hatch is linked with the doors via the power locks or keyless entry.
Mar 14, 2002 (9:29 am)
The manual says "leave the overdrive engaged at all times except when additional engine braking is required."