2006 Toyota Matrix Overview


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4 Dr Base
Avg. Price: $7,479
4 Dr Base AWD
4 national listings
Avg. Price: $8,609
4 Dr XR
Avg. Price: $8,185
Avg. Price: $9,447
4 Dr XRS
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $9,321

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Average User Score

4.35 stars

Based on 12 reviews

... by Derek
 — Good: saves gas, good performance, alot of room, light on insurance, delivers good power, great handling, comfortable seats, affordable car, etc... Bad: too much blindspots, crappy manfactured front... Read More
Fantastic Vehicle by ibikealot
 — Pros: I got 35 mpg on a highway trip and 27-30 mpg around town. It's quick, roomy, and fun to drive. Cons: Steering wheel does not come up high enough, slightly noisy (common with all 4 cylinder... Read More
Amazing Car, Fun To Drive, Spacious Enough To Haul by Patrick
 — This car is amazing, Im able to fit my bike in the back with no problem! The overall ride is very comfortable, and roomy. It is a great car with enough sportyness to appeal even to me! Also can not... Read More

2006 Toyota Matrix Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 12 reviews

2006 Toyota Matrix

The Matrix didn't see any changes for 2006, although new testing procedures resulted in lower horsepower numbers (the actual performance remained the same from 2005.)

The 2006 Matrix is the last model, for now at least, to feature the option of all-wheel drive (AWD). This option will supposedly not be present in the 2007 Matrix, for reasons that have yet to be made clear.

The 2006 Toyota Matrix is available in three trim levels: the standard, the XR, and the XRS. The standard and the XR share the same engine with the Corolla, a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder with 126 horses. All-wheel drive knocks the horsepower down to 118, while the XRS gets 164 horses. Upgrading to the XR gets power windows, mirrors, and locks; a remote key fob; and a rear wiper, while the top-of-the-line XRS comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, antilock brakes, and a six-speed manual transmission. The XRS is available only in front-wheel drive. Fuel economy is about 29-34 miles per gallon.

The 2006 Matrix remains the same peppy and fun car to drive as earlier additions. It feels stable and controlled, with decent steering and acceleration responsiveness.


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