Toyota Matrix 2004

Toyota Matrix 2004: The Toyota Matrix is part cars and truck, part wagon, part minivan, part SUV. Toyota even calls it a CUV for small energy vehicle. We're uncertain whether the acronym will catch on, but the Matrix shows up to have caught on. Matrix was introduced in 2002 as a 2003 version, as well as Toyota offered virtually 30,000 of the portable wagons in the initial fifty percent of the 2003 calendar year. Matrix is based on the Toyota Corolla and is constructed in California at a plant jointly had with General Motors.

Matrix is targeted at more youthful customers who want an automobile with a flashy picture and high functionality. Toyota declares the Matrix incorporates the style and efficiency of a sports car with the performance of an SUV and also the price of a small sedan. It does, certainly, achieve all of those purposes, otherwise to the degree that cars, SUVs, as well as portable sedans complete their respective missions.

Toyota Matrix 2004

We located the Matrix offers vivacious acceleration, especially around town. It edges nicely yet offers a smooth, comfortable trip. Matrix is functional, with a large freight location that can be expanded by folding down the rear seats. As well as it's absolutely fashionable.

While the high-performance XRS version has drawn some attention with its high-revving 180-horsepower engine, we liked the 130-horsepower designs for their even more loosened up, more pleasant demeanor.


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

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

The base Matrix ($ 14,670) comes requirement with a five-speed manual transmission as well as a lot of functions, including a/c as well as an AM/FM radio with CD player. (Destination charge of $485 is not consisted of in these supplier's suggested list price.) A Power Bundle ($ 480) includes power windows, power door locks, and also remote keyless entrance.

Side-impact airbags ($ 250) as well as anti-lock brakes with elecronic brake-force circulation ($ 300) are optional, yet we recommend them highly for their ability to conserve lives.

Matrix XR ($ 16,180) includes ABDOMINAL MUSCLE with EBD, power door locks, power windows, and also the remote vital fob as well as a back home window wiper. A broader series of optional devices is available for the XR too. Bonus Worth Plan 1 ($ 270) consists of cruise ship control, haze lamps, and also front and also back spoilers. To this, Additional Worth Bundle 2 ($ 880) adds 16-inch alloy wheels and also power moonroof.

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

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


Toyota Matrix is based upon the very same platform as the Toyota Corolla, although it looks substantially different. The Matrix also shares much alike with the Pontiac Vibe. GM and also Toyota established the vehicles collectively, saving cash for both companies as well as enabling each to offer the cars at a budget-friendly rate. Matrix as well as Vibe do not look alike, nonetheless, as their styling was made individually by Toyota and Pontiac.

The Matrix is 3 inches taller yet 8 inches much shorter in size than a Toyota Corolla. It utilizes the same wheelbase but a broader track. These measurements provide the Matrix a distinct stance. It reminds us somewhat of the Ford Emphasis hatchback, which is slightly smaller. It is also comparable in size to the Chrysler PT Cruiser, although the Matrix has slightly much less indoor storage space capacity as a result of its reduced roofline.

And also it's mainly the roofline that draws the eye. In a reverse wedge shape, the roof inclines down at the back while the belt line along the reduced side of the side home windows slopes up, producing a streamlined wedge shape to the windows.

The tailgate opens just as in an SUV or minivan, and also the frameless home window can be opened up independently for fast gain access to.

The front of the auto has a deliberate looking nose with a reasonably high hood line accentuated by a big grille. Engine air conditioning is attained via a huge aperture under the front bumper which includes 2 small foglights.

A large track, in addition to charitable tires load the wheel wells perfectly, assisting give the Matrix a hostile appearance. In conclusion it's an automobile that looks substantial in spite of its reasonably small size.


Being in a Toyota Matrix is somewhat like being in an SUV, with upright seats and also a commanding view of the roadway in advance.

The vehicle driver will certainly discover that the cockpit differs that of other Toyota cars and trucks. 4 coverings in front of the steering wheel home deeply set evaluates. The gauges radiance red in any way times, even during the daytime, as inadequate ambient light reaches them. Chrome edges emphasize each vessel and fake cleaned aluminum trim is made use of to border turn on the dashboard and door panels.

The consolidated radio and also CD player rests directly to the right of the tool shells, while the home heating and also air flow controls are right away below. If the radio buttons as well as the basic un-Toyota appearance of the trim appears acquainted that's since the interior is all but the same to the Pontiac Ambiance, also to the American Delco radio.

The shifter is likewise right there, simply a couple of inches from the guiding wheel. It's easily located more than a foot off the floor in a position that's ended up being stylish in high-performance rally autos along with the Lexus RX, a luxury SUV.

There's 15 cubic feet of freight room behind the rear seats. The back seat is split 60/40 and pressing a button turns the seat down conveniently to offer a totally level flooring with the ability of holding 53 cubic feet of cargo. The freight floor is completed in a hard ribbed plastic developed to provide very easy clean-up. An XR 4WD design we drove included a carpet freight mat ($ 56) that did a far better job of keeping cargo from sliding around, nevertheless. The freight flooring includes four slots which contain movable hooks that can be made use of to restrain goods. There are several other tie-downs placed along the sides. Storage space compartments and cargo internet give proprietors with maximum energy. Every one of this makes the inside as versatile as any type of station wagon as well as much better than most SUVs. Also the front traveler seat can be folded to give another flat surface area for storage space, albeit at a greater degree compared to the remainder of the floor.

With its high roofline, the Matrix offers plenty of clearance for tall vehicle drivers and travelers. Shorter passengers sitting in the back seats may find the sight somewhat claustrophobic due to the tiny side windows.

One awesome attribute is the available 115-volt power outlet located in the front control panel together with a regular 12-volt outlet. It's a low-power AC plug appropriate for powering a notebook computer, but it isn't really with the ability of running power devices. (Toyota is servicing that, nonetheless.).