Toyota Matrix

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Toyota Matrix II

2013 Toyota Matrix

In the 2013 Matrix, Toyota has created a compact wagon that is part economy car, part mini-SUV and part go-kart. The Matrix’s tall seating position and available all-wheel drive (AWD) appeal to those who might gravitate toward a small SUV, but can’t afford the cost or the fuel. Plus, the Matrix’s sporting suspension and low-to-the-ground profile give it a spunky, athletic feel you won’t find in many wagons or SUVs. But, the Matrix’s age is taking its toll, namely in the noticeable absence of cutting-edge infotainment and audio features. Newer models from Kia, Hyundai, Nissan and Ford are similarly priced and offer far more in the way of power, features and fuel economy.

If your taste in hatchbacks runs toward the fast and furious, you’ll be better off in something like a Nissan Juke. Mazda Mazda3 or VW Golf. The Matrix’s lack of sophisticated audio and infotainment systems won’t sit well with younger buyers.

For 2013, the Toyota Matrix L gains cruise control while the S trim gets a new Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth and USB/iPod interface.

as a traditional hydraulic unit, but it does help the engine conserve power and improve fuel economy. The 132-horsepower engine on the base Matrix hatchback provides adequate power, but the Matrix S’s 158-horsepower engine is notably better for merging onto fast-moving freeways while also providing stout off-the-line acceleration. We like the AWD option for those who have to deal with snow on a regular basis but, as the system activates only when sensing wheel slippage, we think it doesn’t do much to improve the car’s overall handling. If you live someplace that is always sunny and warm, the AWD option probably isn’t worth the extra cost or added weight.

Under the Hood

Toyota Matrix II

Standard on the 2013 Toyota Matrix L is a 1.8-liter 132-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, which is available with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The Matrix S has a 2.4-liter 158-horsepower 4-cylinder engine with either a 5-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. AWD is available only on the S and only with the automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter engine employs variable timing on both exhaust and intake valves to optimize responsive acceleration and good fuel economy.

1.8-liter inline-4

132 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

To compare current market prices, check out KBB.com’s car classifieds to view the new and used Toyota Matrix vehicles for sale near you.

Toyota Matrix II


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