Last post on Feb 16, 2011 at 10:47 PM
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Toyota Matrix, Car Buying, Wagon
#5 of 11 Awkward Driving Position
Apr 27, 2007 (12:19 pm)
I test drove the Matrix and thought that the driving position was very awkward. I felt like i was in a pick-up truck, and that i had poor visibility around the vehicle. I also do not like the positioning of the gear shift.
My neighbor just bought the matrix and loves the car, but also has the same complaint. Also, CR mentions this in their current car issue.
Other than this one complaint, i think the matrix is a great vehicle, and would still consider buying one.
I currently have a 94 civic and love to drive this car. I feel that it hugs the rode and is a part of me when i am in it. If Honda made a sporty 4-door wagon to compete with the VW Rabbit, Mazda 3, or Matrix, i would buy one in a heartbeat. The Honda Fit is just too small. I don't care how great the ratings and gas mileage are, i would not want to take a hit from a Suburban in the Fit, or any other subcompact.
I am leaning more toward the mazada 3 for my next purchase, because of the interior styling and driving position/seating.
#6 of 11 Very Disappointed With Test Drive, 2009 Matrix
Apr 21, 2009 (4:35 pm)
My wife and I are Toyota people, I have owned Toyotas for last 25+ years. Right now we have 2004 Corolla and 2002 Camry. Looking to replace 2002 Camry and looked at Matrix. Love the way it looks and being it is a Corolla 5-door hatch, were expecting a great test-drive.
Boy, was I disappointed. It was so bad I wonder if it was just a lemon of a test car or if it was indicative of the car. First off, the noise, both engine and road was awful past 30 mph. Ride was awful, even minor bumps rocked the car. Brakes were awful as well.
We got back into our 2004 Corolla with 44,000 miles on it and our car rode MUCH better.
I think this car had the smaller engine, but I was very disappointed. Is it worth looking at a Vibe? Hope about a Scion Xb or even another Corolla.
#7 of 11 Rough Ride Solutions
Aug 11, 2009 (11:14 am)
Can the type of tire make a significant difference to how bumpy the ride is? The 2004 Matrix we bought is much rougher than the 1998 Tercel it replaced. But it hs wide low riding tires from Bridgestone which are fuel efficient and sporty but possibly soft and contributing to the bumpiness. What do you think? Thank you for comments and advice.
#8 of 11 Not happy with "09 Matrix
Jan 11, 2010 (3:56 am)
I am very dissappointed with this car. The rattles, squeaks, and other quality issues make me feel like I'm driving a car 10 years older than it is. There are also some severe blind spots and the mileage is also dissappointing.
#9 of 11 Re: Not happy with "09 Matrix [anjo1]
Jan 29, 2010 (3:37 pm)
You must have a fit and assembly problem, you just unlucky. I used to own an 07 Matrix and it was rattling right under the dashboard at passenger side. It happen only during idling. I already sold it. Now I own 09 Matrix, Touring package and I don't experiencing a rattle and squeaks so far. Actually the 07 Matrix is noisier usually when you put 87 octane gas. Aside from that, the engine it's not that smooth as the 2ZRFE engine of 09 Matrix. What model of 09 Matrix you got?
Is it "S" which is 2.4 litre engine or a base 1.8L?
#10 of 11 Re: Not happy with "09 Matrix [mantech]
Feb 01, 2010 (9:31 am)
I have the S AWD model and I must say I'm really disappointed with this car. Now with the recall, I'm even more upset about buying it. Probably won't get much for a trade.
#11 of 11 Re: Not happy with "09 Matrix [anjo1]
Feb 16, 2011 (10:47 pm)
Got a 2010 S. Hate it. The noise level on the interstate is deafening. Doors are flimsy and don't seal properly. Gas mileage isn't bad ~28mpg hwy but small tank means only 300 miles on a tank. Can't turn off the stupid automatic headlights. Shroud added by the S option is just tacked on with plastic tabs that have already broken. Backup lights are too weak to safely backup especially when blinded by the headlights which won't go off. Goodbye Toyota!