2004 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8 VVT-i from North America
One of the best econo package.
Nothing so far.
A phenomenal vehicle for a reasonable person.
Just drove 1700 km (4000 km round trip) from Charlottetown PEI to Mississauga ON. Took me 16.5 hours with 3 stops for coffee and fill ups.
I would never think of including seats in a review. Having owned numerous econoboxes (Japanese mostly), such as a Toyota Echo (excellent car BTW), Chrysler Neon to Subaru Outback, Volvo V40, I've never felt comfortable (back pain), after a few hours of driving. I always thought that comfort comes with premium makes for a premium price. I'm 52, 6' tall, and yes my eyes were tired at the end of the trip, but I completely forgot about my back.
As I said, I never planned on writing a review on my wife's Matrix (I own 2, the 2nd one is 2005 XR, like it less BTW), because everything seems to be SO average about it. Looking at each and every single aspect (power, space, comfort, fuel consumption...) nothing stands out, so so, adequate at best. They definitely complement each other (somehow) on a long trip.
There were 3 of us (wife and 14 year old daughter) in the car, and though some were a little weary at the end, that was mostly because of boredom, not physical fatigue.
I have nothing to say regarding mechanical behaviour of the car, just because there is nothing to say.
Come on, a Toyota powertrain with only 210000 (now 214000) km on it.
I spent $87 CAD for 1000km in gas and not a drop of engine oil to add.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st August, 2015