The 2011 Toyota Matrix is a five-passenger wagon/hatchback available in base and S trim levels.
The base Matrix comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, full power
accessories, keyless entry, heated and folding rearview mirrors, cruise
control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, and a
four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Matrix S adds foglamps, a fold-flat passenger seat and a
six-speaker sound system.
The S Premium package adds a more powerful engine, a sunroof, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio connectivity, and an upgraded six-speaker sound system with an iPod/USB audio interface. The Sport package available on both trims adds front and rear underbody spoilers and a snazzy S badge, along with foglamps for the base model and 17-inch alloy wheels for the S.
Powertrains and PerformanceThe 2011 Toyota Matrix comes standard with front-wheel drive, while the S can be equipped with all-wheel drive. The base Toyota Matrix is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder good for 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined with the automatic and 26/32/28 with the manual.
The Matrix S gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 158 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Front-drive models get a standard five-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic. A four-speed automatic is standard with AWD.
In Edmunds performance testing of the mechanically identical and now
discontinued Pontiac Vibe, a 0-60-mph run took 8.9 seconds with the
five-speed auto. A front-wheel-drive Matrix S with the automatic returns
an estimated 21/29/24 (21/28/24 with the manual), while an AWD Matrix S
The 2011 Toyota Matrix comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, brake assist, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.
The Matrix has not been rated using the government's new, more
strenuous 2011 crash-testing procedures. Its 2010 ratings (which aren't
comparable to 2011 tests) saw it earning a perfect five stars for
frontal and front-seat side impacts, dropping to four stars for
rear-seat side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
awarded the Matrix its highest rating of "Good" in both frontal-offset
and side-impact crash testing.
Interior Design and Special Features
Inside the cabin, the Matrix has a significantly edgier ambience than other Toyotas, but doesn't go quite as far as the funky cabins found in the Scion xB. This could certainly be a good thing for many buyers, but either way, it's backed up by simple controls and decent materials.
Also bound to be a good thing is the Matrix's generous cargo
capacity. There are 19.8 cubic feet of luggage capacity behind the rear
seats and a maximum 61.5 cubic feet if you include the space provided by
the fold-flat front passenger seat. For rear passengers, a tall, deep
bench seat is inviting for children and adults alike.