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Toyota Matrix, a model of the Japanese brand, is produced in California at factory Corporation GM-Toyota, and is intended mainly for the American market. Matrix is an ancestor of the new young and unique class - Street Performance Utility. By creating this car, the manufacturers mixed the dynamic character with versatile practical possibilities. The platform on which it is built is borrowed from the sedan Toyota Corolla, and the overall data is typical for a city car. So, let’s check all the abilities of this model in Toyota Matrix Review.
Inside, as the outside, it is a stylish and modern vehicle. The center console has “aluminum” inserts and the instrument panel has asymmetric and original style with three wells the scales of which are highlighted with bright red color. It is safe to say that such a design is likely to appeal to young buyers.
The ergonomics of the car does not cause problems, everything is at your fingertips. The lever of an automatic transmission as in minivans is located on the central console, thus adding spaciousness at front seats, which have good lateral support. The visibility is impaired due to sloping hood and highly positioned small rear window.
The second row in Toyota Matrix is roomy with free space over the head and in front of the knees. And as for this type of the body the trunk is also very spacious. In the standard position of the rear seats backrests the volume is 560 liters, and if they are folded it reaches 1385 liters. By the way, the front passenger seat is converted into a table when folded.
Under the hood of Toyota Matrix there is either gasoline 4-cylinder 1.8-liter engine capacity of 132 hp, or 158-hp with a working volume of 2.4 liters; and we are going to talk about the second version. Despite the decent capacity of the engine, branded VVT-i system maximizes the efficiency of fuel burn, and thus improves economic performance. The average fuel consumption in the urban cycle amounts a little more than 10 liters.
Toyota Matrix has decent dynamics, the acceleration to 100 km / h, according to passport data, only takes 8.1 seconds. You won’t feel yourself as an outsider sitting behind the wheel of Toyota Matrix. As for transmission, depending on the engine and drive type, there are three versions: 5-speed “mechanics”, 4- or 5-step “automatic”.
Under normal circumstances, the car is front-wheel drive, but as soon as the front wheels begin to slip the rear axle is activated immediately to help. Forced locking is not provided, yet the off-roads are not for this car. The small ground clearance and aerodynamic skirts on the bumpers limit the geometric passing ability. But in the winter, in the slush of snow and mud or on dirt roads the car feels much more confident. The chassis settings allow keeping road in turns confidently without noticeable rolls, the steering is quite distinct and clear.
Good noise reduction allows dissociating oneself from the noise of the wheels and the air flow and enjoying the comfortable movement. The braking in Toyota Matrix matches its dynamic characteristics. The car is equipped with ABS anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and help system at emergency braking (BA).
The list of equipment in Toyota Matrix includes electric adjustment of the side view mirrors, all electric windows, air conditioning, cruise control, audio system with six speakers, and auxiliary audio input. Also in the standard version the car is equipped with two-phase front airbags, side airbags, “curtains” and active headrests. In crash tests conducted by the US Committee for Road Safety (NHTSA) Toyota Matrix has earned the maximum score.
Summing up, we can safely say that Toyota Matrix is one of those cars that are built taking into account all the needs of a certain group of buyers. This car can combine functionality, drive and comfort well.
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