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3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Toyota Matrix

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Expert's Rating

4.6Excellent

MPG 22 City / 29 Highway
Pros
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Great handling
  • Hatchback practicality
Cons
  • Limited rear visibility
  • Interior lacks refinement
  • Slightly uncomfortable front seats

Introduction

The Matrix is available in two front-wheel drive trim levels (Base and S) and one all-wheel drive trim level (S). The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine found in the Base trim produces 132 horsepower, while S trims are equipped with a 158-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Available transmissions include a five-speed manual, four-speed automatic and a five-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Every Matrix is equipped with 16-inch wheels, heated exterior mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control and a CD player with MP3 capability. Standard safety features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with integrated traction control, anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, front side-impact airbags, front and rear curtain airbags, front active head restraints and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Toyota Matrix carries over unchanged for 2012.
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