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MPG: 26 City / 32 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Toyota Matrix Review

Review Last Updated: 10/8/14

The 2013 Toyota Matrix has a good reliability rating and is one of the few cars in the class that offers all-wheel drive, but reviewers were unimpressed with its lackluster acceleration and hard cabin materials.

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With its base four-cylinder engine, reviewers said the 2013 Toyota Matrix offers adequate power, but many agreed that the more powerful available four-cylinder engine helps the Matrix feel peppier off the line and improves acceleration on the highway. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and an automatic transmission is available, as is all wheel-drive, which is a rare feature for the class. The 2013 Matrix gets up to an EPA-estimated 25/32 mpg city/highway, which is OK for the class. Several critics said the Matrix’s steering is numb and that its ride can be stiff, though others mentioned that its handling is fairly composed.

Some test drivers said the 2013 Toyota Matrix has an attractively designed cabin with modest materials that are appropriate for the class, though others complained that there are very few padded surfaces. While reviewers said that legroom is adequate in the front and rear seats, some noted that other hatchbacks offer a bit more passenger space. With the rear seats folded, the 2013 Matrix has 49.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is typical for the class. The 2013 Matrix comes equipped with Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port. A display audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen is available. Reviewers found the Matrix's audio and climate controls straightforward to use.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Kia Soul has more available features than the Matrix, including a rearview camera. Reviewers said the Soul has a small turning radius, which makes it easy to park and maneuver in tight spaces.

Test drivers liked the 2013 Subaru Impreza’s crisp steering and agile cornering. The Impreza’s back seat offers ample legroom, critics noted, and the Impreza comes standard with all-wheel drive.

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