I will start out by saying that I absolutely loved my Toyota Matrix. I bought it after my Chevy cavalier decided to kick the bucket. I spent about 7K on it, but it was, in my opinion, a solid investme...
I will start out by saying that I absolutely loved my Toyota Matrix. I bought it after my Chevy cavalier decided to kick the bucket. I spent about 7K on it, but it was, in my opinion, a solid investment. The car lasted me about 6 years, and it drove up to 176,000 miles until the transmission died.
I am a small person, reaching only 4ft. 11inch. in height, so being able to feel comfortable and see over the steering wheel was essential. My matrix was perfect in that respect. The cabin of the car was laid out so that everything I needed was in reaching distance. The bucket seats in the back and front were roomy enough for my taller friends and family, but also comfortable enough for long trips. The material of the seats wore well, and cleaning them was no hassle.
Driving the vehicle was easy. I live and commute in a metropolitan area, so aggressive driving is the norm. The car handle well in bumper to bumper traffic, and was able to make u-turns with ease. I did have an issue with speeding up to merge, but with a 4-cylinder vehicle that's always a problem. My matrix was an AWD vehicle, so driving it in the ice and snow was a breeze. This feature really helped me out during a couple snow storms this past year, since I am required to commute to work even in bad weather.
The exterior color of my vehicle was silver. This color wore well over the years, especially during some very strong storms where tree branches and debris nicked my car. The scratches and dents were only visible if you looked for them, so my car maintained it's aesthetic even after 6 years. Most of my friends and family could not believe it was a 2003 model and not something newer.
My overall experience with this vehicle was great, with some exceptions like not being able to speed up on the highway when needed. I am going to miss my matrix, but I hope this review helps others who are looking!