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2012 Toyota Matrix Review and Price

About the 2012 Toyota Matrix

When the Toyota Matrix series was first introduced into the market, it was better known as Toyota Corolla Matrix. This range eventually evolved until the Matrix lineup was made official and the first generation models was sold in the year 2002, to be specific in February 2002. Hence, the unveiling of an all-new 2012 Toyota Matrix gains a lot of attention in the auto industry as it marks the long history of this vehicle model series. Does it still appeal to modern consumers? Will this new model have what it takes to compete?

The 2012 Toyota Matrix, which is manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation, is a compact hatchback vehicle. The Matrix has a comparable mechanical and exterior design from the Pontiac Vibe from GM due to the joint venture of these two giant manufacturers. It is therefore made out of different sheetmetal with a quasi-SUV appeal due to its narrow but tall station wagon design. Needless to say, the design seems like this vehicle model is targeted toward the youthful market segment. In fact, this vehicle is often described as a sport wagon type.

The 2012 Toyota Matrix will deliver a minor refreshed stying from its predecessor. Meanwhile, there are three choices available for the trim levels on this vehicle: the standard base model, S model, and the XRS model.

When it comes to the engine choice, there are two engine options available to choose from: 1,797 cc (for the base model) and 2,362 cc (S and XRS models). The base model engine will incorporate either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic transmission, while the S and XRS model engine will have both five-speed manual or automatic transmission. The S trim level is unique though as it provides you with the opportunity to drive with an all-wheel drive system and four-speed automatic. The actual figures on fuel economy rating has not been released, although the manufacturers have promised the engine choices are designed to deliver fuel efficiency.

Despite the fact that Toyota has been met with recall controversies as of late, the 2012 Toyota Matrix prides itself for offering a wide range of safety features. Some of the standard ones include side curtain and side torso airbags, electronic brakeforce distribution, and anti-lock braking. Meanwhile, it has earned a “good” rating on the crash tests for both the front and sides of the vehicle.

Pro’s of 2012 Toyota Matrix

*2012 Matrix will come with good crash test rating;

*One will see range of safety features in 2012 Toyota Matrix

*Classic exterior styling;

*Variety of trim level and engine options.

Con’s of 2012 Toyota Matrix

*Since the pricing and fuel economy figures have not been issued so far, it remains to be seen whether these two factors could work towards the vehicle model’s favor.

Pricing Details

The pricing information on the 2012 Toyota Matrix has not been released yet. However, you can expect this information to be revealed shortly before the vehicle hits the retail market.

The Bottom Line

The 2012 Toyota Matrix offers a brand new start for this long-running vehicle series. And it has managed to address several aspects that had issues from the past with a wide range of safety features, increased engine options, and impressive crash test ratings.

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  1. wiltz bernard
    August 14th, 2011 at 07:52 | #1

    now own 2004 and 2008 pontiac vibe, interested in 2012 matrix, especially if gas milage has been improved over 2009-2011 models

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