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skysailor 01-30-2013 03:11 PM

Toyota Matrix?
Okay, I don't "need" a truck. Time to say goodbye to my gas guzzling GMC. I still need 4X4, so I'm looking very seriously at the Matrix. I'm figuring on a 50% savings on my fuel burn alone. Anybody drive a Matrix? Likes? Dislikes?

NikonsAndVStroms 01-30-2013 03:17 PM

I know the MPG isn't as good but when I test drove them for my Ex back in 2008 I thought the 2.4 had a much better driving feel than the 1.8. The steering was nicer, and it was more solid in how it drives. The 1.8 felt like a flimsy econobox.

jdiaz 01-30-2013 03:20 PM

Absolutely the loudest car I've ever ridden in.

kellymac530 01-30-2013 03:28 PM

A Toyota Matrix fits in "Shiny Things"?
I was looking for the other forum for a Matrix to fit in to...that one trades one of the "n"s for a "t"...:D

How bout a Mini Countryman All 4S
All wheel drive, Turbo, fairly roomy, 30K USD {ish} and just cool for a small NON truck vehicle. Good economy for a AWD car 27/32 MPG.

I have a friend who has one...It is VERY cool. I love it.

I always hate it when I ask a specific question and some idiot comes back with "no get one of these"...yet here I am doing that...sorry...I am an idiot though.

morerpmfred 01-30-2013 03:29 PM

Bought a new 06. Still have it. Most reliable car ever owned. At 170 klics other then regular maintenance the only thing done was front brakes and tires. Is an auto and gets better gas milage then advertised for that year. Monthly trips from Calgary to Edmonton driving between 120 and 130 klics on hour averaged just under 50 mpg. That is imperial gallons. Would by another again.

Grainbelt 01-30-2013 04:14 PM


I'd rather roll the dice with a Suburu than spend part of every day in a Matrix.

falconati 01-30-2013 04:56 PM

Should've bought a TDI...

Seriously though, it's an ugly car in my opinion. What are you looking for in a car? There are plenty of alternative wagons out there that are reliable, cheap and sporty.

GP640 01-30-2013 04:56 PM

Considering the OP's location I'd say the Mini isn't an option as the closest dealer would be Winnipeg?
I'm sure there would be arguements but I'd give the Matrix a go but I'd also consider an Escape or a Mazda cx5
just so you've got a bit more ground clearance.

JBADV 01-30-2013 05:01 PM

The Toyota Matrix is,without question,the worst vehicle I have ever owned.

kobudo28 01-30-2013 05:04 PM

I bought my son an '05 AWD Matrix to replace the biggest POS of a car ever made, a Neon. Worst car I have ever owned, period!

It has 140K on it an runs great. He has been very happy with it, but in comparision to that POS Neon, nearly anything would be a step up.

falconati 01-30-2013 05:46 PM


Originally Posted by JBADV (Post 20613530)
The Toyota Matrix is,without question,the worst vehicle I have ever owned.

Can you expand on that? Why?

2twisted 01-30-2013 05:53 PM

My son is driving a Matrix ( front wheel drive only) back and forth to college, odometer has been showing 299,999 miles for the last 2 years...incredible little car. I have all the records from original owner, other than oil changes, brakes and a tune up all it has needed is 2 front wheel bearings. Mobil 1 all its life, does not burn or leak a drop.

Fener6 01-30-2013 06:15 PM

The pontiac vibe is a good choice if you are looking at the matrix. Same car under the sheetmetal, and you can get them at a better price.

But do yourself a favor, buy a used subaru impreza wrx and dont look back.

civhatch90 01-30-2013 06:21 PM

Bought an 04 a few years ago with 65k and now it has 115k miles. Only things it needed have been tires, brakes, and oil changes. Very reliable car and they hold their value quite well.

Not sure what all the inmates are bitching about here. It is clearly not an enthusiast car or a high end car for that matter. It is a good car for the wife to put miles on. Gets on average 31 mpgs.

koncha 01-30-2013 06:21 PM


Originally Posted by jdiaz (Post 20612760)
Absolutely the loudest car I've ever ridden in.


I make it comparable to a 1988 Isuzu I-Mark. I've been in rental moving trucks that were quieter than a Matrix.

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