Last post on Dec 20, 2008 at 9:16 PM
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Toyota Matrix, Car Buying, Wagon
#8 of 17 new xr '08!
Sep 04, 2007 (5:52 pm)
we're a longtime toyota family...owned 6 of 'em. I strayed last time, getting a mazda 3 because it was fun to drive. which it was, except when it needed to be driven to the gas station, which was a bit too often for me. that 2.3 engine is nice and revvhappy, but not too efficient.
anyway, sought a more fuel efficient ride and found the matrix. I'm 6'1'' and don't fit comfortably in many sedans but love the openness and driving perspective of the matrix. also love the general feel of the seats and the quietness. for a compact car this thing really feels solid.
had quite a time finding the safety stuff I think is necessary. I'm in the Northeast and was told by several dealers that stability control would be hard to find, basically a factory order. also hard to find were side curtain airbags and ABS. when I did locate that configuration, I was surprised to find they didn't all drive the same. some were sluggish. this one felt peppy off the line, and had the RS-A tires, not the Continentals (see the tire forum for that saga...). it's the speedway blue, which won't get lost in a parking lot, at any rate.
my only gripe was with the onboard stereo, the stock 6disc changer sounded weak. hardly any juice at all. replaced the spkrs w/ Polk Audios and that was huge. will likely replace the head unit w/ a pioneer avic D3 (the nav/ipod/cd all in one, w/ a touch screen).
otherwise, great car! my dogs love the back!
#9 of 17 Like it a lot
Sep 22, 2007 (9:56 pm)
I'm going to have a year with my 07 XR and so far it has been good (I will explain why only good later). I really enjoy driving my car. I love the model and I especially like all the space it has. I feel really good driving my car. I never was much into small cars but my Matrix does not feel compact at all (i don't feel like I'm driving low).
I actually like many things about my Matrix the whole dashboard and the way the seat can be folded. I think the car has a really good design.
My problem has been with the tires. The little pressure light has been going on too frequently and I have had the tires taken care of 4 times like in 2-3 months. So, I'm taking my car in to see where the problem is.
But overall great car and a goodbuy for me.
#10 of 17 Re: New Toyota Matrix Owners: Give Us Your Report! [pf_flyer]
Mar 22, 2008 (4:44 am)
I bought this red matrix a month ago , nice auto. A little expensive i think i got an xr no abs brakes and everything is extra. Ok so i like the auto for its great gas mileage and ability to turn hatchback quick and easy. I returned to dealer 3 times to repair hood prop it keeps coming out of fender well the clip breaks often. gas mi abt 25-27 and on open road 32 not bad!!
My big complaint is its a corrolla seat and it hurts my back after a an hr or so is same problem i had in 2004 corolla i had-i have a camry 2005 much better seating. all in all a nice auto as second vehicle, not happy with service reluctance to find a better solution to repair a cheap clip holding prop for hood
#11 of 17 Re: New Toyota Matrix Owners: Give Us Your Report! [pf_flyer]
May 04, 2008 (6:22 pm)
Just got a 09 s model. my first Toyota. I am a 6"1" 250 lb guy. I find it to be very comfortable. I have only driven it 100 miles but am pleased so far. My 18 year old son and his twin 12 year old sisters fit comfortably in the back seat.
#12 of 17 '09 Matrix S
Dec 08, 2008 (7:56 am)
Got double-team and bait/switch into buying this. My question is about gas mileage. This is very important issue with me. Dealer swore Toyota's get better than posted-just finished my first tank about 70-30 with hwy being most---only averaged 27 overall---seems to start when cold with a jackrabbit feel. Am I being negative toward the car because of my purchase experience? Or is there a break-in period and it will get better.. Has anyone averaged better than posted figures? I do like the looks of car but it is way over my budget. They sure saw me coming...
#13 of 17 Re: '09 Matrix S [usaf66]
Dec 09, 2008 (2:30 pm)
have the base model only because I had to to get the 1.8 engine. Have been seeing just above 30 mpg with the same 70% highway - which I regard as acceptable. Don't believe you can expect much more than the 27 mpg you're getting with the larger engine. Overall the car has been quite satisfactory and economical. Curious though - what did they 'bait and switch' you from - a Yaris?
#14 of 17 Re: '09 Matrix S [usaf66]
Dec 10, 2008 (9:40 am)
"Dealer swore Toyota's get better than posted"
They're blowing smoke. There are many more important factors affecting MPG than how consistent the government test is. Never listen too closely to salesmen. My '06 Matrix Base 5-speed has gotten 25-37 MPG, depending on conditions.
#15 of 17 Re: '09 Matrix S [usaf66]
Dec 10, 2008 (10:43 am)
Don't feel discouraged with the gas mileage. I also have an 09 Matrix S. I have had mine since 10/8/08. I have a couple of thousand miles on it, I have been averaging about 27 MPG. I have posted this a million times before, BUT, I used to have an 07 XR. For about the first 5k miles, I got the same MPG as I am getting right now on my new Matrix...then it went up, DRAMATICALLY. On my 07, I was consistently getting about 35-36 MPG after the break in period. I just took my 09 on a road trip and got about 32 MPG. I expect after 5k miles, it will go up, just like my last Matrix. I am not expecting to get the same numbers on my new Matrix because the engine is bigger, but I think 30-32 MPG is an acceptable number. AND remember this: the Matrix you have purchased is one of the safest cars on the road! Not too many vehicles come standard with ABS, airbags all around...with FWD and some chains on the back tires, your car will go anywhere. I LOVE the Matrix!
#16 of 17 Re: '09 Matrix S [texasgirl2]
Dec 15, 2008 (1:23 pm)
Just a quick note, texas girl, chains should go on the front in a FWD car. Have fun out there!
#17 of 17 Re: '09 Matrix S [nippononly]
Dec 20, 2008 (9:16 pm)
ha. you are right! I did put them on the front...thanks for correcting me on that mis type.