Last post on Oct 18, 2006 at 10:24 AM
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Toyota Matrix, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, Car Buying, Wagon
#2 of 4 Matrix vs. Malibu Maxx
Mar 11, 2006 (8:35 pm)
I've benn researching wagons with MSRPs around $20000. Safety, cargo and passenger volume are major factors. I like gas milage with 2WD automatic at 28/34. Gas milage for the Malibu Maxx isn't bad for a 6 cyl at 22/30. I also like the Maxx's 3.5l engine with 201Hp compared to Matrix's 1.8l engine with 126Hp. I found this out:
EPA Passenger volume: Malibu Maxx=106, Matrix=96.2
EPA Cargo volume:Malibu Maxx=41 cu ft, Matrix=53.2!
EPA Total Interior volume:Maxx=128.8 cu ft,Matrix=118
I know that both front passenger seats fold flat. So how does the Matrix have more Cargo volume when the Maxx is definately the bigger car?
#3 of 4 Re: Matrix vs. Malibu Maxx [luvmbooty]
Mar 12, 2006 (11:28 am)
I looked briefly at the Maxx a couple years back. The shape of the Matrix is more squared off in the rear, while the Maxx has more of a slope. The Matrix doesn't have great cargo space behind the rear seat, but the Maxx is considerably smaller. The figure you have is cargo volume with the rear seat folded down.
Oct 18, 2006 (10:24 am)
I drove the Maxx back to back with the Vibe, cousin of the Matrix. For me, the maxx had more supportive seats, more adjustable driving position, less engine drone.
Something to consider; If you cruise fast on freeways, the Matrix engine will be working very hard compared to the Maxxs'. You will probably find their MPG to be the same at high freeway speeds. Was true with my 126 HP Geo Prism, which got 32 mpg at 75 mph, while the Maxx gets around 30-32 mpg at the same cruising speeds. Around town, the Matrix should do better.