We couldn't feel much difference in the way they drove unless we drove really hard. We like the Matrix L with 5-speed manual and Matrix S with 5-speed automatic. The Corolla is about seven inches longer, but the Matrix sports more cargo space and a more upright stance, which allows a better view of the road and makes loading awkward objects relatively easy. Inside, it's a little less contemporary, although the chunky instrument-panel layout has a certain keep-it-simple charm. To ensure our reviews are unbiased, we don't accept expensive gifts or incentives from car companies, and a third party handles our advertising. Still, some earn higher scores.
The base and front-wheel-drive S models come with a basic rear torsion beam suspension; the all-wheel-drive S model gets a more complex rear double-wishbone suspension. The 2013 Toyota Matrix is available in two trim levels. Exterior The Matrix has an aggressive-looking front end that features a bulging hood, thin wraparound headlights and a small trapezoidal grille. It also offers features not found in the Matrix, like leather and heated seats, navigation, and a rearview camera. All models have cloth seats. The backs of the rear seats and back deck have a rail system built in to secure whatever you are hauling.
The 2013 Matrix L gets new audio systems on both trim levels. The Matrix S comes with 17-inch wheels, fog lights, silver interior trim, 6. For the best combination of fun and efficiency, we recommend the 1. Inside, the Impreza has a spacious back seat and a generally upscale atmosphere. The 2013 Toyota Matrix is, among small cars, a relatively safe pick, with good crash-test results and a safety-feature list that's on par with other models in this class. Upscale S models include a system with a 6. Whale and Laura Burstein contributed to this report.
Both rows are a little short on legroom, but headroom and seat comfort are adequate in all positions. Exterior The Matrix has an aggressive-looking front end that features a bulging hood, thin wraparound headlights and a small trapezoidal grille. It also has a sporty look for a hatchback. Power gives the 2013 Matrix a reliability rating of four out of five, which is an above-average score for the industry. However, its unimpressive engines, dull handling, and harsh ride quality should deter buyers who prioritize performance. The 2013 Toyota Matrix is the last model year of the car's second and final generation, which began with the 2009 model year. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter.
The direct rear view isn't bad either, thanks in part to the lack of a center rear headrest, but the large C-pillars make for a rather large blind spot in the rear corners. The base L model is powered by a 1. SellerTypeFilter selectedSellerTypeList, null ; sellerTypeFilter. Inside, these Toyotas suffer from an outdated design and cheap-feeling materials. And as such, its standard feature set is good, although there simply aren't many option possibilities. Matrix makes loading kids, dogs and miscellaneous cargo a cinch. Steering effort is low for parking maneuvers and gets higher with speed and cornering load as you would expect, and it goes where you point it.
The 2013 Toyota Matrix simply doesn't measure up with other small cars in its class with respect to gas mileage. The floor and rear seatbacks have plastic runners to ease the loading of cargo and there are tie-down rings to secure it. Cargo space is expandable with folding rear seats and a flat-folding passenger seat. It's configured like a classic small hatchback, with the rear seatbacks folding fully flat. Transmission: Automatic Color:Blue Interior Color: Gray Average Vehicle Review: 4. Acceleration times will not set the world ablaze, but the Matrix will keep up with traffic. The Matrix isn't a standout, but it's practical and economical.
Interior materials are simple and chunky, and our guess is that you're either going to love them or hate them; with hard, matte-metallic plastic across much of the dash and drab plastics otherwise, it's far from upscale or luxurious. Seventeen-inch wheels make the best of big wheel wells while the rear spoiler serves as a punctuation point to an otherwise near-hemispherical rear end, and auxiliary sunshade for rear-seat riders. It comes in a base version as well as an S trim. It's not much different than the Corolla from the front, yet the Matrix's rather high-shouldered sides and prominent, thick rear pillar give it a very different look from all other angles. © Copyright Canadian Auto Press.
Cargo space is great, with those rear seatbacks easily flipping forward, freeing up seating space for an especially large load of groceries, or a small piece of furniture. Painted mirrors and door handles, lack of any side moldings, and just two pieces of glass keep visual clutter to a minimum. There are no driver assistance features available in the Matrix. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the carefully. But, the Matrix's age is taking its toll, namely in the noticeable absence of cutting-edge infotainment and audio features. People always ask me what my favourite car is, which is almost as difficult to answer as choosing my favourite song. And with short, flat cushions, they simply lack the support that taller or larger owners will expect for a long day of driving.
Go with a Toyota Matrix S and its more potent engine, which comes with a touch-screen display. If you want comfort, economy and performance, this is the vehicle for you. Fuel economy ratings for Matrix L with 1. Newer models from Kia, Hyundai, Nissan and Ford are similarly priced and offer far more in the way of power, features and fuel economy. Some models will also have a moonroof or all-wheel drive. The Matrix competes with hatchback versions of the Kia Forte and Mazda3.
The features a perfect reliability score, which makes it a marginally better car than its in-house rival. With its solid reliability and safety ratings, a used 2013 Toyota Matrix could be a good choice for a basic car to get you from point A to point B. The Matrix S has a 2. If I could change one simple thing about the Matrix it would be sound system quality. The 2013 Toyota Matrix hatchback is available in L and S trims.