2012 Toyota Matrix

The Toyota Matrix is sometimes known as the Toyota Corolla Matrix, a compact hatchback. It is closely related to the Corolla, but there are differences in terms of style and packaging.

The Matrix comes as a result of a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota, a version of the Pontiac Vibe. It features wagon like designs, tall seating, and a fuel efficient engine. It also offers a sporty styling and easy handling for an outstanding ride.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: $19,605.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gallons (50 liters) MPG: 26 city / 32 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 171.9 in. (436.6 cm) Wheel Base: 102.4 in. (260 cm)
Height: 61.0 in. (154.9 cm) Width: 69.5 in. (176.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 2844 lbs (1290 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.3 in. (13.5 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 19.8 cu ft-all seats up Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 16 Valve 4-cylinder DOHC Displacement: 1.8 Liter
Horsepower: 132 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 128 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Matrix S 2.4L 5Spd AT MSRP: $21,515; MPG: 21 city / 29 hwy
Option:Matrix S 2.4L 5Spd AT AWD MSRP: $22,475; MPG: 20 city / 26 hwy

Performance

The 2012 Toyota Matrix has a tightly tuned suspension in order to provide a comfortable ride. The power steering helps the engine save power as well as improve fuel economy. The Matrix line up consists of the base and S models.

The base model has a 132 horse power engine that provides adequate power, whereas Matrix's S model features a 158 horse power which gives it an added push. Both are fitted with a 5 speed manual transmission with an option for automatic driving.

Interior

The interior is a combination of fun and utility. In terms of utility, it provides enormous cargo space which can be achieved by the flat folding front seats. When the car is parked, you can successfully use the front passenger seat as a desk for computer by folding it forward.

The Matrix hatchback provides limited leg space; the placement of the rear seats is the main reasons for this. The front seat is placed a little forward giving the feeling of a driving a small SUV to the buyers.

One of the attractive features of the S model Matrix is the 115 volt outlet which can be helpful in operating various household devices without the need of a 12 volt AC converter.

Exterior

The Matrix has an aggressive look on the front end which is highlighted by bulging hood, a small trapezoidal grille and wraparound headlights. The sporty hatchback features include a swept back belt line, a sharply angled nose and a rear D pillars and wraparound glass. It also has heated side mirrors, rear wipers, and automatic day light running lights (DRL). The S models feature optional sports package which include front and rear underbody spoilers, 17 inch alloys, fog lamps, moonroof, and more.

Safety

The 2012 Toyota Matrix has earned respect and popularity for its safety features throughout the world. Like most vehicles in its class, it includes front side impact air bags, side curtain bags, front head restraints, traction control, antilock brakes and electronic stability system.

Competition

The Toyota Matrix is priced above the Corolla. When it comes to the competition, it is comparable to the Scion XB (MSRP $17,030; 22 city / 28 hwy) and the Mazda 3(MSRP $19,495; 27 city / 39 hwy) hatchback, but equals the Kia Soul (MSRP $17,850; 27 city / 35 hwy). Another make to compare the Matrix is Nissan Versa (MSRP $17,285; 26 city / 31 hwy).

Overall Rating
66 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2012 Toyota Matrix is closely related to the Corolla sedan, but the Matrix takes a different tack in terms of style and packaging--appealing to a somewhat younger, more active crowd and those who need more versatility.”Car Connection

“These tall wagons are more prone to crosswind wander at highway speeds than lower-built small cars. None has linear steering feel in turns. Fast cornering triggers noseplow and body lean in versions equipped with 16-inch tires, even with AWD. Grip and balance are sharper in S models with the Sport Package. Fine around-town maneuverability. Braking control and pedal feel are good for the class.”Consumer Guide

“Practical and economical, the Matrix has easy cabin access, a roomy rear seat, and good cargo versatility. ”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports 69

“Pleasant ride; intuitive controls; roomy backseat; flat load floor; available all-wheel drive. Disappointing fuel economy; Bluetooth and USB are not available on base model; tall drivers might feel cramped.”Edmunds

“Slotting between a compact hatchback and a small crossover SUV, the 2012 Matrix hatchback offers a big dose of sporty styling and outstanding ride and handling.”KBB