2009 Toyota Matrix XRS 2.4L 4 cylinder
This is a solid and dependable car, with just enough sportiness to make it not boring
Front carpet was poorly fitted on the passenger side and would not stay under the sill. Dealer replaced the entire carpet
At around 50k the catalytic converter heat shield began to rattle. Dealer replaced.
This has really proved to be a great all around car. I had a Camry briefly before this that I didn't much like the driving characteristics of, but the Matrix has been great.
The performance with the big engine is sufficient in most cases for passing, merging, or pulling ahead of a pack. The only thing that's a bit annoying is that the transmission downshifts for most "speed-up" maneuvers. I wish it had a bit more torque and would not scream every time I went to accelerate or pass on the highway. Other than that, it's surprisingly comfortable on a 3-4 hour highway drive.
The suspension is pretty firm, so you feel every bump, particularly around town. It keeps you wondering if you've just blown a tire or rim, which I haven't yet.
The tires... what with being low profile... are a bit pricey given that this isn't a performance car, and they only seem to last around 25-30k miles (I'll have to see how this new set work out).
The JBL stereo is just awesome, even with windows down and sunroof open. The fold down rear seats give lots of flexibility for carting things around, and when up provide decent room for two in the back seat.
Mileage is as quoted... hovers around 27 MPG and that's with 80-90% highway. That's 70-80 mph, so you might crank out a few MPG more @ 65.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th April, 2013