Last post on Dec 21, 2007 at 8:41 AM
You are in the Toyota Matrix
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Toyota Matrix, Concept Cars, Wagon
#4 of 42 Re: 2008 Matrix [toronado455]
Sep 04, 2006 (4:02 am)
It is not clear that there will be a redesign. For the Corolla, yes, but maybe not for the Matrix.
Pontiac has said in a press release, they'd be dropping the Vibe "towards the end of the decade", whatever that means. Keep in mind that the twins were a GM project, and Toyota only added the Matrix after they saw what the car would look like and thought it would be a good idea. That was before Scion got started.
I've been keeping my ear to the ground and have heard nothing about a Vibe/Matrix redesign.
#5 of 42 Re: 2008 Matrix [toronado455]
Sep 06, 2006 (1:39 pm)
This could have been my list about our 2003 Matrix except that I like the stiffness of the ride. Changes have been pretty minor in the last 5 years.
There are Matrixes all over the place in New England. Are sales not great elsewhere in the country? I have read that Pontiac wants to reinvent itself in a way that explains discontinuing the Vibe. But I think Toyota would be wise to continue the Matrix (with a roof rack option please). I don't think the Scion models are taking away consumers fromthe Matrix.
#6 of 42 Re: 2008 Matrix [steine13]
Sep 10, 2006 (3:24 pm)
Got it. Thanks for the info.
Heard if the new Corolla will be available as a wagon?
I find it frustrating that in other parts of the world there are many models of great hatchbacks/wagons/microvans available, but here in the USA we're stuck with mostly SUVs.
I want something with similar dimensions to the Mazda5. The smallest size car I would want would be something the size of the Nissan Versa. The Yaris Liftback is just too tiny. I wish they made a Yaris WAGON based on the Yaris Sedan's wheelbase. That would be cool!
#7 of 42 Re: 2008 Matrix [herzogtum71]
Sep 10, 2006 (3:28 pm)
There are Matrixes all over the place in New England. Are sales not great elsewhere in the country?
There are TONS of Matrixes here in Southern California. The dealers are flooded with them, and people are buying them now more than ever.
#8 of 42 Re: Changes I'd Like To See in the Matrix [pf_flyer]
Nov 02, 2006 (3:35 pm)
Changes to the Matrix? Wow! This could be a long entry. I may have to come back later when even more things occur to me. Don't get me wrong, I like my 2006 Matrix; but there are sooooo many things that need improving.
The clutch and brake pedals need to be farther apart.
We need rain gutters on top so we can roll down the window without getting soaked in wet conditions.
The gauges need to be moved to the middle as with the Echo/Yaris.
The base model of the Matrix needs to be availible. I had couldn't locate a single one when I went to buy - and I even employed an auto broker!
Cargo area needs to be carpeted. Gear slids around everywhere if it's not lashed down.
Speaking of lashed down, we need some kind of tie-downs on the exterior of this rig for folks that car top, without a rack.
Eliminate all them senseless/annoying alarms.
Eliminate those Daytime Running Lights.
Redesign those uncomfortable seats.
Offer the thing in Yellow.
That will do for now. I'll probably be back with a new batch.
#9 of 42 Re: Changes I'd Like To See in the Matrix [badgerrr]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Nov 02, 2006 (5:53 pm)
It's a wish list. t's ALLOWED to be long!
#10 of 42 Improve Rear and Side Visibility
Nov 03, 2006 (12:58 pm)
I guess that's my biggest gripe. Side visibility seems to be an issue particularly when the driver is tall. Rear visibility is not great for any size driver.
Regarding the list in posting 8, I'm in favor of keeping the running lights. And I hate the gauges in the middle and didn't consider cars for that reason. Otherwise I can agree with everything.
BTW, a guy at my church has (or had) a bright yellow Matrix. Don't know what year it was, but it was nice-looking.
#11 of 42 LARGER Rear View Side Mirrors
Nov 06, 2006 (3:36 pm)
That would help me a great deal. It would also be great if they would fold and had the option to be heated.
Oh yes...better paint that can take some raod debris without chipping. You know, that's not a bad ideal for ALL cars.
#12 of 42 my list
Nov 16, 2006 (1:06 am)
I have a 03 xrs, but I'm pretty sure most things are the same.
- more comfortable seating, headrests hurt my neck
- arm rest/console weird placement
- shifter...place it closer!
- notchy stickshift on xrs, but that's no longer avail in 07
- offer optional carpet for rear and stock roof racks
Things NOT to change
- great styling, don't care what you vibe lovers think!!
- great engine/gas mileage
- overall, I think it's the best small wagon out there if you don't need AWD, then go subaru (soo fun to drive, but ohhh the maintenence)
#13 of 42 My wish list of improvements for the Matrix
Nov 19, 2006 (6:37 am)
Difinatly a bigger engine. (The 2.4L from the Rav-4 would be perfect especially in the AWD models.)
Stiffer suspension. (the XRS suspension was perfect. It rides very smoothly and it feels much more stable than the soft base and XR models.)
Standard traction and stability control.
Standard 4 wheel disc ABS brakes
Better tires (or bigger)
Standard 6 speed manual transmission and optional 5 speed auto tranny.
Less touchy gas pedal.
An inch or two taller
Standard telescoping steering wheel.
Standard side and curtain air bags.