2005 Toyota Matrix Reviews - Page 5 of 5

2005 Toyota Matrix XR from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired112 miles
Most recent distance9500 miles
Previous carSaturn LS

Summary:

Would purchase again - well thought out vehicle

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

I love this car. Owned a 1991 Toyota Camry, (great car) then a Saturn LS (problematic) my Matrix has been my favorite car of all.

I have the AWD/ABS brakes model, that and the lower profile than typical SUV's got me around without fear this winter. It felt very safe on the road.

Seats are comfortable and sit up higher than prior Saturn. (had to slouch into the front seat of the Saturn.

It's very versatile, and I really appreciate being able to fold down the back seats and passenger seat for extra cargo space and hauling.

Interior gauges are easy to find and read.

Downside: mediocre radio/stereo system, gas mileage is good, but less than expected: 29 mpg in town. The best mileage I received was 32 mpg highway - once.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th March, 2006

2005 Toyota Matrix from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Good car, would buy another

Faults:

Only one problem after a year - the drivers-side window molding somehow got compressed the wrong way by the window, which created a slight air leak. Warranty issue, replaced by dealership.

General Comments:

This is a great economy car for tall folks. At 6' 5" there's still a couple of inches headroom. Plenty of legroom, also. My back doesn't start feeling uncomfortable after a few hours like it does in some other small cars. The fuel economy is decent, not great. Well designed and built.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2006

2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8 gas from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 gas Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance3612 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

Sporty, high gas mileage car with cargo space and room for 4 adults

Faults:

Small rattle in the dash. The dealer attempted to repair it, but the rattle still occurs on rough roads.

General Comments:

Most magazine reviews mentioned that the XR Matrix is a little slower than other cars in its class. I have found the power to be more than adequate. On a recent trip of over 1500 miles it cruised easily at 80+ mph on California freeways and passed trucks with ease on 2 lane roads in oregon and Washington.

Rough roads do toss us around, and if the road surface is chewed up from studded snow tires and chains it is pretty noisy in the car. It is not a luxury car! On good roads it rides well and seems quieter than other small cars I drove. (But not as quiet as the camry or accord, but it looks sportier and gets better gas mileage)

Gas mileage has ranged from 29.4 mpg to 36.1 mpg in a typical mix of 30% city and 70% highway driving. Averaged 33.2 mpg on the 1500 mile trip, and about 400 miles of that was at 80+ mph. I am told that the gas mileage should go up after about 5000 miles.

I am 6'4" tall and the matrix was one of the few high gas mileage cars that I could sit comfortably behind the wheel, leave the drivers seat set at that point and get in the backseat and sit comfortably. Amazing room for a small car!

My wife loves the hatchback design and all the cargo room with the seats folded down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th February, 2005

2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-liter engine from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8-liter engine Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired22 miles
Most recent distance241 miles
Previous carDaewoo Nubira

Summary:

A squished SUV with excellent gas millage

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

The car handles very well around corners and has better power than the 2004 model. They have fixed problems such as compartment doors not closing. It gets wonderful gas mileage and is a fun car to drive.

The seats hug you and the modern dashboard is easy on the eyes. The new tail lights are very European.

The finish is flawless and with the dealer tinting it's beautiful and slick looking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2004

17th Jan 2005, 19:01

Nit-picky, yes, but the taillights are most certainly not European. The clear lense movement all began with Japanese cars.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 18 reviews