Toyota Matrix (2012)

CARBARN | Toyota Matrix (2012) | The 2012 Toyota Matrix is closely related to the Corolla sedan, but the Matrix takes a different tack in terms of style and packaging - appealing to a somewhat younger, more active crowd and Those WHO need more versatility. Inside, the instrument panel is a little swoopier and sportier in appearance, the tall-hatchback layout affords a good interior space, and with the Matrix's versatile layout and That seats fold easily (and flat) to expand cargo space, you'll have no problem freeing up seating space for an ESPECIALLY large load of Groceries.

The Matrix model lineup consists of the base and S models, with base models getting a 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and S models stepping up to a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive is only available on the S model, and even there, only with automatic. Fuel economy ranges from 26 mpg city, 32 highway for the base model with the manual down to 21/29 for the S AWD.

The Matrix has earned respectable safety ratings, with top 'good' ratings from the IIHS in frontal and side impact (the related Corolla sedan is a Top Safety Pick). Like Nearly all other vehicles in this class, the front side and side-curtain airbags are included, as are anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control.

The base model comes with power windows and mirrors, air conditioning, and cruise control, while the S model adds fog lamps, keyless entry, and an upgraded sound system. A Sport Package is available on the S, and it includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and body skirting.

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