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Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Matrix, Wagon
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Mar 25, 2002 (9:45 am)
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Mar 26, 2002 (10:54 am)
Not sure if anyone is reading this yet, but. . .
Pontiac offers a cargo area organizer called the "Gear Box" (hahaha) on the Vibe. In the upright position it looks deep enough for grocery bags, file folders, etc. From the brochure it looks like it's made of hard plastic and folds down to just a couple of inches above floor level, and Pontiac says that when it's folded down you can load stuff on top as if it were the floor itself. Does anyone know if Toyota offers something similar?
Mar 26, 2002 (12:26 pm)
There's nothing currently listed in the Toyota brochure whcih matches the "Gear Box", though that doesn't mean that something won't be added later in the year.
The Matrix does offer cargo nets, not quite the same thing.
#5 of 285 blyndgesser, well there is this
Mar 26, 2002 (5:11 pm)
In the toyota matrix accessory brocure there is listed a "Cargo-Logic Cargo Tote by Nifty Products". No picture is shown. I assume though that it serves the same purpose as the Vibe box. Although I have a feeling that this could be a soft side. Still you should be able to just go to a Pontiac dealer's service area and order the box as a part, then put it in your Matrix. I would bet that anything it hooks to will be the same in the Matrix.
One more thing, I just found the website for "nifty products" Not much there. No Cargo-logic tote listed just some floor mats.
Mar 30, 2002 (9:52 pm)
I drove the Matrix XRS and the Vibe GT on different days.
The Matrix came with 17 inch wheels and the Vibe with 16 inch. The 16 inch wheels do not corner as well.
The Vibe had the DVD Navigation system which I found to be very helpful.
In the San Francisco Bay area the GT is easier to find than the XRS.
Which would you buy?
#7 of 285 Go with the Matrix
Mar 31, 2002 (8:29 am)
Personally I find the Vibe's gray body cladding ugly. I think the Vibe looks like a small suv and the Matrix looks more like a sport wagon. Not all with agree with me but as I said, my opinion.
I have had fantastic luck with Toyotas in the past and would pay more for the Toyota quality but in this case you're actually paying less for the Matrix than the Vibe.
You may have to wait to get the car you want but it'll be worth it so try and base your decision on factors other than availability at this moment in time. More cars are on the lots every day.
#8 of 285 Regarding the Gear box
Apr 01, 2002 (9:47 am)
Hi. I think I know what you're talking about. The Matrix does indeed have an under-floor compartment, though I don't think it's big enough for grocery bags. The pictures I've seen of it show a few tools and a big flashlight, and the compartment closes to be flush flat with the rest of the flooring in the cargo area. I think the pictures I saw were on the Toyota web site so you should check it out.
And as for Vibe vs Matrix... considering they are basically identical except for looks, I was thinking I might save money getting the Vibe instead. But no. The base price of the Vibe vs XR is $600 more ($16,900) and the power package to bring it up to the feature set of the XR is an additional $1000! And the Toyota warranties are better (3 yr/36k basic, 5 yr/60k drivetrain vs Pontiac's 3yr/36k basic, 3yr/36k drivetrain).
Not to mention, in my opinion, the Vibe is butt-ugly and the Matrix quite attractive. But if the Vibe were a better deal, I'd suck it up and bear the vehicle's looks. But it's not
#9 of 285 Toyota XRS engines made by Toyota or by Yamaha ?
Apr 01, 2002 (3:37 pm)
Are Toyota XRS or Vibe GT Engines actually made by Yamaha or by Toyata?
#10 of 285 Gearbox
Apr 01, 2002 (4:03 pm)
The gearbox is an accessory that is shown in the brochure with an Edmunds MSRP of $95. If anyone has seen the Vibe accessories brochure it may have more information. The Pontiac dealer told me if I wanted one to go see the Toyota dealer.
erisynne: The under-floor compartment is where the spare tire and jack are stowed. Not much room in there for anything else.
#11 of 285 Gearbox and other accessories
Apr 01, 2002 (5:42 pm)
I have a Vibe accessories catalog and it claims that everything may not be stocked at your local dealer, but can be ordered by the dealer. And the Matrix and Vibe add-ons are the same, except for the logos.
It looks like the gearbox (trunk organizer) is not compatible with the cargo mat. MSRP in the Vibe catalog is $120 US.