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2005 Toyota Matrix User Reviews

2005 Toyota Matrix Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 18 reviews

  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
"big space" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"tires" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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Liz writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XR Wagon Review
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4

Pros

the luggage space

Cons

poor acceloration

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My Toyota 2005-2010 — I loved this car and had it from new in 2005 until 2010 when I traded it in. Great economical car with plenty of room inside for everything from groceries to bikes and dogs! Very fuel economic and I liked it as it looked different to anything else on the road.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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James writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XRS Wagon Review
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5

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Drives miles ahead of its looks.

Cons

Gas grade and insurance.

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I Freaking Love It! — Performance: In terms of horsepower it has plenty. BUT in terms of torque.. it is severely lacking but has enough to get by. Braking is phenomenal. One of the best stopping powered cars i know. Handling is fantastic for a front heavy front wheel drive sports wagon. It doesn't chirp the tires or run wide. Just grip till you have pushed too far. Build Quality: Repairs other than normal maintenance all is cheap ..... But the interior rattles during the winter. Appearance: i love the look of this car but the 03 front bumper design was far better than the later models. Cost of ownership: For being a "sports wagon" it gets pretty decent mileage. i have gotten 41mpg on the highway. and average about 30mpg in the city. but that takes a lot of carefully driving. And the sad thing about this car is that it requires at least 91 octane. Fun? Yes this a very fun car to drive. Even your friends can come along.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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wagonmafia writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XRS Wagon Review
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5

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lots of power

Cons

power at the limits then have to shift

wagonmafia
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I Love It, My Mum Has One Too — Great car plebty of fun. only down side i have come across is the fact the the front tires slip so easily when its wet. but! great mpg regardless. the suspension is rough.. but i coluld care less about that. it does everything i want and need it to do. its a great long distance cruiser

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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John writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XR Wagon Review
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gas mileage, handling, appearance

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some body parts (ground effects) poorly designed

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2005 Toyota Matrix — looking for a Matrix? Get the 2008 leftovers before they're gone. sporty looking, peppy engine, great fuel economy modern, tons of standard features. nice accelleration, easy to maintain, no surprises when in the shop took car half way across country, great MPG, comfortable ride, can take aggressive maneuvers without complaining.

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Heather writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XRS Wagon Review
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I think it's a cute car.  It's a good size for me & my kid.  I like that the rear and front passenger seats all fold down in case I have something big to haul.  It was very helpful when I moved.

Cons

I think the only thing I don't really like is the road noise.

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Kinda Like Mine...only Mine Has Pretty Dark Tinted Windows. — I like this car. It's a step down from what I had before it, but I have never had any major issues with it.

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crazycanuckfore writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XRS Wagon Review
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Its alright

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no power in Mountains

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Dependable — Dependable, standard not my favorite clutch work in traffic is annoying. Drove it to Phoenix from central canada and it was more comfortable than I thought it would have been. It did struggle in the mountains a 6 speed would get better gas mileage in my opinion. Good little car though all in all.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ron writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XR Wagon Review
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See above

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None

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Would Buy Another One Anytime — Over 187,000 kms and no problems at all. Gets great gas mileage, good on the highway and extremely practical. I know Toyota's reputation has taken a beating lately, unfairly I might add, but this car has been all it was promised and then some.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Joël writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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We can fit a lot of ppl, 6 to be exact.

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Nothing

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Very Affordable, Lots Of Upsides. Can't Think Of Any Downsides. — I might have put 100 dollars max on that car and that's only cause my windshield wipers broke. 40$ the tank and you can drive a good while. Has a lot of space, otherwise it's a pretty normal car. Also excellent driving in all conditions.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Stephanie writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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economic and reliable.

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none

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Great Everyday Car. — perfect for camping or road trips. Lots of room. Great on gas. All i need to do is change the oil and regular maintenance (brakes, tires, lights etc..) thats it. Oh and no the gas pedal doesn't stick aha .. nice everyday car

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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BigDawg67 writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XR AWD Wagon Review
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Sporty, fun, room for 5

Cons

Power cold be better

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Great All Around Car For Young Or Old — At 6'9" tall it has head and leg room. Very dependable and AWD goes in any weather. Performance is not that great, but is a very good handeling car. The all wheel drive system is great, We will keep and hand down to the kids. Great investment!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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