Toyota's Matrix gets a redesign for the 2009 model year that gives the hatchback a new look inside and outside, plus a choice of two four-cylinder engines. Available in February 2008, Matrix competitors include the Kia Spectra5, the Mazda3 and the related Pontiac Vibe.The new Matrix strikes ... Read Full Report
If you were to think of the Toyota compact crossover Matrix in people terms, it would be the spiked-hair youngster to its more mature sibling, the Corolla sedan.The Matrix and the Corolla are kin under their noticeably different skin, so they share many similarities while remaining targeted at different customers. The Matrix shares the Corolla's 102.4-inch wheelbase and most mechanical com... Read full review for the 2009 Toyota Matrix
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I love my Matrix! With a 40 mile rt commute and weekend traveling to play gigs, I needed to trade my '96 Tacoma (with 240K miles) in on something a bit more... umm... trustworthy. The Matrix is fun to... Read Full Review
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What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.
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