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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,316 - $14,192
Original MSRP: $18,845 - $21,715
MPG: 26 City / 32 Hwy
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2011 Toyota Matrix Interior

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The Toyota Matrix is up against stiff competition. The Honda Fit, Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen and Hyundai Elantra Touring all offer at least one thing the Matrix doesn’t: a larger cargo area, a quality interior or more features for less cash. That said, reviewers don’t condemn the Matrix’s interior as a place no driver or passenger should spend their time. 

  • "The back seat is roomy, and the cargo area is large." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "My family of four fit comfortably in the Matrix." -- Mother Proof
  • "Inside the cabin, the Matrix has a significantly edgier ambience than other Toyotas, but doesn't go quite as far as the funky cabins found in the Scion xB or Nissan Cube. This could certainly be a good thing for many buyers, but either way, it's backed up by simple controls and decent materials." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior doesn’t fit everyone, so try one on before you buy." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The Toyota Matrix’s front and back seats receive mixed reviews. Reviewers say taller passengers may find the front seat uncomfortable. However, the standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel might make it easier to find a good driving position. The driver may also find that visibility is poor in the rear corners.

The rear seats should be comfortable for most. Three children should fit comfortably, but limit adult passengers to two.

  • "Front seats are supportive. However, taller drivers with long legs will wish their seat would slide back farther." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Otherwise, Matrix makes good use of its tall design by furnishing generous headroom. Legroom is limited for taller drivers due to the seats' lack of rearward travel. The tilt and telescopic steering column and driver-seat height adjuster are comfort-enhancing standard features, though the tall doors and tapered roof line impart a slightly closed-in feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Tall drivers might feel cramped." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2011 Matrix comes with telescopic steering wheel with audio mounted controls, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, an auxiliary jack and a 12-volt power outlet. These features are expected at this price point.

Reviewers complain about the Matrix’s fit and finish, saying it looks like Toyota built it on a budget. 

  • "All Matrix models look built to a price. Padded surfaces are virtually non-existent; even the front center armrest is uncushioned plastic. Many panels have an attractive-enough molded-in grain, but the dashboard is dominated by smooth, silver-painted plastic that looks and feels cheap. Few materials feel substantial, and the doors close with a tinny clang. Our extended-use AWD S suffered from some misaligned interior panels and a number of intermittent interior squeaks and rattles. Other test models were built well with no such issues." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Intuitive controls." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Matrix has a good cargo space: 49.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded and 19.8 with the rear seats in use. On the bright side, reviewers aren’t disappointed with the amount of cargo space the Matrix offers and appreciate its flat load floor. 

  • "The front-passenger seat folds flat on all but the Base model for cargo-carrying versatility. Cargo space is fine overall, given Matrix's exterior size. The cargo floor is covered in plastic that, while durable looking, causes items to slide easily." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If rough-and-tumble utility is your thing, the Matrix comes through in spades. The rear load floor is covered in durable plastic, as are the second-row seatbacks." -- Cars.com

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