Used Car: 2012 Toyota Matrix Review
The 2012 Toyota Matrix has an above-average reliability score, and is also one of the few hatchbacks available with all-wheel drive, but some reviewers said that other hatchbacks are more fun to drive.
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The 2012 Matrix has two four-cylinder engine choices, and of the two, critics felt that the more powerful variant is the better choice. They said that the more powerful engine provides more punch for merging onto the highway and passing maneuvers. A five-speed manual transmission is offered with either engine. A four-speed automatic transmission is available with the less powerful engine, while the more powerful engine gets a five speed automatic. All-wheel drive is only available with the more powerful engine. One reviewer wrote that the Matrix’s all-wheel drive doesn’t do much to improve handling, but it’s fine for aiding traction on wet and slippery roads. Generally, auto reviewers weren’t that impressed with the Matrix’s handling. There weren’t any major complaints, but the Matrix was not billed as an agile handler. The Matrix achieves up to 26/32 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class.
Some reviewers said the Matrix’s cabin materials are of good quality, while others didn’t think quality is up to snuff. Few test drivers commented on the Matrix’s seats, but those that did said that the back seat offers adequate legroom for most adults. The base Matrix comes standard with a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Available features include a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port and a power sunroof. With the rear seats folded, the Matrix can carry up to 49.4 cubic feet of cargo, which is fairly good for the class, but not class-leading.
Other Cars to Consider
The 2012 Subaru Impreza comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is unavailable on many cars in the segment. The Impreza has slightly better safety scores and fuel economy estimates, and reviewers were impressed with the Impreza’s simple, yet high-quality, interior.
The highly-ranked 2012 Ford Focus is one of the most entertaining cars to drive in the segment, according to reviewers. It also has strong reliability and safety scores, and reviewers liked its high-quality interior materials.