2004 toyota Matrix

2004 toyota Matrix: The Toyota Matrix is component cars and truck, component wagon, component minivan, part SUV. Toyota also calls it a CUV for compact utility car. We're uncertain whether the phrase will catch on, but the Matrix shows up to have caught on. Matrix was introduced in 2002 as a 2003 version, and Toyota sold almost 30,000 of the small wagons in the first half of the 2003 fiscal year. Matrix is based upon the Toyota Corolla as well as is built in California at a plant jointly owned with General Motors.

Matrix is targeted at younger buyers who want an automobile with a sporty picture and high functionality. Toyota declares the Matrix integrates the design and also performance of a cars with the functionality of an SUV and also the affordability of a portable car. It does, certainly, complete all of those objectives, otherwise according to cars, SUVs, and also small cars achieve their respective goals.

2004 toyota Matrix

We found the Matrix supplies alert velocity, specifically around town. It corners perfectly yet uses a smooth, comfy flight. Matrix is practical, with a large cargo area that can be increased by folding down the rear seats. And also it's absolutely fashionable.

While the high-performance XRS design has drawn some interest with its high-revving 180-horsepower engine, we preferred the 130-horsepower versions for their even more loosened up, a lot more pleasurable attitude.


Toyota Matrix is offered in 3 trim lines: the common Matrix, XR, and XRS. Two engines are readily available. Front-wheel-drive (2WD) as well as all-wheel-drive (4WD) versions are offered.

Matrix and Matrix XR are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 130 horse power with two-wheel drive as well as 123 horse power with 4x4.

The base Matrix ($ 14,670) comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission and also lots of attributes, including air conditioning and also an AM/FM radio with CD player. (Destination cost of $485 is not consisted of in these producer's suggested retail prices.) A Power Bundle ($ 480) adds power home windows, power door locks, and remote keyless entry.

Side-impact air bags ($ 250) as well as anti-lock brakes with elecronic brake-force circulation ($ 300) are optional, yet we advise them very for their capacity to save lives.

Matrix XR ($ 16,180) includes ABDOMINAL with EBD, power door locks, power windows, and also the remote key fob along with a rear home window wiper. A broader variety of optional equipment is available for the XR too. Additional Worth Plan 1 ($ 270) includes cruise control, haze lights, and also front as well as rear looters. To this, Additional Value Package 2 ($ 880) adds 16-inch alloy wheels as well as power moonroof.

A five-speed manual transmission is basic on Matrix and also Matrix XR. An automatic transmission and 4x4 are alternatives, however just for the base and also XR versions. (Automatic transmission includes $800, while 4WD adds another $1,465 to the retail price.).

Matrix XRS ($ 18,750) is a high-performance model powered by a 180-hp variation of the 1.8-liter engine. XRS is available just with front-wheel drive as well as a six-speed manual transmission. It comes with 16-inch alloy wheels and anti-lock brakes with digital brake-force distribution. XRS obtains four-wheel disc brakes, more effective to the rear drum brakes discovered on the various other designs.


Toyota Matrix is based on the exact same platform as the Toyota Corolla, although it looks radically different. The Matrix additionally shares much in common with the Pontiac Ambiance. GM and Toyota developed the vehicles jointly, saving money for both firms and also allowing each to supply the automobiles at an inexpensive cost. Matrix and Vibe do not look alike, nevertheless, as their styling was created separately by Toyota and also Pontiac.

The Matrix is 3 inches taller but 8 inches much shorter in size than a Toyota Corolla. It uses the very same wheelbase however a bigger track. These dimensions provide the Matrix a distinct stance. It reminds us rather of the Ford Emphasis hatchback, which is slightly smaller. It is additionally similar in dimension to the Chrysler PT Cruiser, although the Matrix has a little less indoor storage capability because of its lower roofline.

And it's generally the roofline that attracts the eye. In a reverse wedge shape, the roof slopes down at the back while the belt line along the lower edge of the side windows slopes up, developing a sleek wedge shape to the windows.

The tailgate opens equally as in an SUV or minivan, and the frameless window can be opened separately for fast gain access to.

The front of the auto has a deliberate looking nose with a reasonably high hood line highlighted by a big grille. Engine cooling is achieved through a big aperture under the front bumper which showcases two small foglights.

A broad track, in addition to charitable tires fill up the wheel wells nicely, aiding give the Matrix a hostile look. Altogether it's a vehicle that looks substantial despite its reasonably tiny dimension.


Sitting in a Toyota Matrix is rather like being in an SUV, with upright seating and a powerful sight of the roadway ahead.

The driver will discover that the cockpit differs from that of other Toyota cars and trucks. 4 shells in front of the steering wheel home deeply established gauges. The evaluates radiance red in any way times, even throughout the daytime, as insufficient ambient light reaches them. Chrome edges accentuate each hull and also phony combed aluminum trim is utilized to surround activate the control panel as well as door panels.

The consolidated radio and CD player sits straight to the right of the tool skins, while the heating and also air flow controls are instantly below. If the radio buttons as well as the general un-Toyota appearance of the trim appears familiar that's because the interior is all but similar to the Pontiac Ambiance, even to the American Delco radio.

The shifter is also right there, just a couple of inches from the steering wheel. It's easily situated more than a foot off the floor in a position that's become stylish in high-performance rally cars and trucks in addition to the Lexus RX, a luxury SUV.

There's 15 cubic feet of cargo area behind the rear seats. The rear seat is split 60/40 and also pushing a switch turns the seat down quickly to offer a completely flat flooring with the ability of holding 53 cubic feet of cargo. The freight flooring is ended up in a difficult ribbed plastic designed to offer very easy cleaning. An XR 4WD model we drove included a carpeted cargo mat ($ 56) that did a much better work of keeping cargo from moving around, nevertheless. The freight floor showcases 4 ports which contain movable hooks that can be utilized to restrain goods. There are numerous other tie-downs placed along the sides. Storage areas and freight internet supply proprietors with maximum energy. Every one of this makes the inside as flexible as any kind of station wagon as well as better than the majority of SUVs. Even the front guest seat can be folded up down to provide an additional level surface area for storage, albeit at a greater degree compared to the rest of the floor.

With its high roofline, the Matrix uses lots of headroom for tall chauffeurs and passengers. Much shorter guests sitting in the rear seats might discover the sight slightly claustrophobic as a result of the small side home windows.

One trendy function is the readily available 115-volt power outlet situated in the front control panel alongside a regular 12-volt electrical outlet. It's a low-power A/C plug suitable for powering a laptop, however it isn't really capable of running power tools. (Toyota is working on that, however.).

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