2004 toyota Matrix

2004 toyota Matrix: The Toyota Matrix is component car, part wagon, part minivan, part SUV. Toyota even calls it a CUV for small utility car. We're not sure whether the phrase will certainly catch on, yet the Matrix appears to have caught on. Matrix was introduced in 2002 as a 2003 design, as well as Toyota offered virtually 30,000 of the portable wagons in the initial half of the 2003 calendar year. Matrix is based on the Toyota Corolla and also is integrated in California at a plant collectively possessed with General Motors.

Matrix is targeted at younger customers who want a lorry with a stylish picture as well as high performance. Toyota asserts the Matrix incorporates the style as well as performance of a cars with the capability of an SUV and also the price of a compact sedan. It does, without a doubt, accomplish every one of those goals, otherwise according to cars, SUVs, as well as portable sedans accomplish their particular objectives.

2004 toyota Matrix

We discovered the Matrix provides vivacious acceleration, particularly around community. It edges nicely yet supplies a smooth, comfortable flight. Matrix is functional, with a large cargo location that can be expanded by folding down the back seats. And it's absolutely trendy.

While the high-performance XRS version has actually drawn some focus with its high-revving 180-horsepower engine, we favored the 130-horsepower versions for their even more kicked back, a lot more enjoyable temperament.


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

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

The base Matrix ($ 14,670) comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission as well as lots of attributes, consisting of air conditioning and also an AM/FM radio with CD player. (Location charge of $485 is not consisted of in these producer's recommended market price.) A Power Bundle ($ 480) adds power home windows, power door locks, and remote keyless access.

Side-impact airbags ($ 250) as well as anti-lock brakes with elecronic brake-force circulation ($ 300) are optional, however we suggest them highly for their capability to save lives.

Matrix XR ($ 16,180) adds ABS with EBD, power door locks, power windows, and the remote vital fob in addition to a back window wiper. A broader variety of optional equipment is offered for the XR as well. Bonus Value Bundle 1 ($ 270) includes cruise ship control, fog lights, and also front and rear spoilers. To this, Additional Worth Bundle 2 ($ 880) adds 16-inch alloy wheels as well as power moonroof.

A five-speed manual transmission is common on Matrix as well as Matrix XR. A transmission and four-wheel drive are alternatives, yet only for the base and also XR designs. (Automatic transmission includes $800, while 4WD adds one more $1,465 to the retail price.).

Matrix XRS ($ 18,750) is a high-performance version powered by a 180-hp version of the 1.8-liter engine. XRS is readily available just with front-wheel drive and also a six-speed manual transmission. It features 16-inch alloy wheels and also anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force circulation. XRS obtains four-wheel disc brakes, more effective to the back drum brakes located on the other designs.


Toyota Matrix is based upon the same system as the Toyota Corolla, although it looks significantly different. The Matrix likewise shares much in common with the Pontiac Ambiance. GM as well as Toyota created the cars collectively, saving money for both firms as well as allowing each to provide the lorries at an inexpensive cost. Matrix and Ambiance do not look alike, nevertheless, as their styling was created individually by Toyota and Pontiac.

The Matrix is 3 inches taller but 8 inches much shorter in size compared to a Toyota Corolla. It makes use of the very same wheelbase however a wider track. These dimensions provide the Matrix an one-of-a-kind stance. It reminds us rather of the Ford Focus hatchback, which is a little smaller sized. It is also comparable in dimension to the Chrysler PT Cruiser, although the Matrix has slightly much less indoor storage capacity because of its lower roofline.

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

The tailgate opens just as in an SUV or minivan, as well as the frameless window can be opened up independently for fast access.

The front of the vehicle has a purposeful looking nose with a reasonably high hood line emphasized by a huge grille. Engine air conditioning is attained through a huge aperture under the front bumper which features two tiny foglights.

A wide track, in addition to generous tires load the wheel wells perfectly, helping give the Matrix an aggressive look. Altogether it's a vehicle that looks considerable in spite of its relatively little size.


Sitting in a Toyota Matrix is somewhat like sitting in an SUV, with upright seats as well as a commanding view of the roadway in advance.

The chauffeur will locate that the cockpit differs that of other Toyota autos. 4 pods in front of the steering wheel residence deeply set gauges. The assesses radiance red at all times, also during the daytime, as inadequate ambient light reaches them. Chrome rims highlight each vessel and fake cleaned aluminum trim is used to border turn on the control panel and door panels.

The consolidated radio and CD player sits directly to the right of the instrument skins, while the heating and air flow controls are quickly below. If the radio buttons and the basic un-Toyota appearance of the trim seems familiar that's due to the fact that the inside is all but identical to the Pontiac Ambiance, even to the American Delco radio.

The shifter is likewise right there, just a few inches from the guiding wheel. It's comfortably situated more than a foot off the floor in a placement that's ended up being classy in high-performance rally autos in addition to the Lexus RX, a deluxe SUV.

There's 15 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats. The rear seat is split 60/40 and also pressing a button turns the seat down conveniently to supply a totally flat floor capable of holding 53 cubic feet of cargo. The cargo flooring is ended up in a hard ribbed plastic created to provide very easy cleanup. An XR 4WD model we drove included a grassy freight floor covering ($ 56) that did a far better job of maintaining cargo from sliding around, nevertheless. The freight flooring features 4 ports that contain movable hooks that can be used to restrain items. There are a number of other tie-downs placed along the sides. Storage space compartments and also cargo nets give proprietors with optimal energy. All this makes the inside as flexible as any type of station wagon and far better than the majority of SUVs. Even the front passenger seat can be folded down to supply another flat surface for storage, albeit at a greater degree compared to the rest of the floor.

With its high roofline, the Matrix supplies a lot of clearance for high drivers and guests. Shorter guests being in the back seats may discover the sight a little claustrophobic as a result of the small side home windows.

One trendy feature is the available 115-volt power electrical outlet situated in the front dashboard along with a routine 12-volt outlet. It's a low-power A/C plug appropriate for powering a notebook computer, yet it isn't capable of running power devices. (Toyota is servicing that, however.).