The Matrix offered a lot of room and many of the virtues of an SUV, such as a little higher driving position, easy access, and optional AWD. You'll find a compliant ride, fairly nimble handling, and effective brakes. Notable shortcomings are a flawed driving position and a noisy engine. Overall, the Matrix offered a good and practical alternative to a small SUV. The Pontiac Vibe is essentially the same car.
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    Overall Owner Satisfaction

    Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

    Overall Owner Satisfaction

    Owner Satisfaction with:

    Driving Experience

    Includes acceleration and handling

    What Owners Say

    "I love my Matrix. I would buy another if it was still being made. Very sad that the scion is their replacement."

    Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "The car is not good in snow"

    Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Wide turning circle."

    MARK H., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Good visibility due to high seats. BAD: No longer manufactured"

    HENDRIK W., ON (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Sluggish at best, definitely needs a bigger engine for the size of the car. Handling seems to be quick and responsive"

    MARY P., AR (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Underpowered, particularly with the a/c on. High center of gravity, under hard breaking on turns the rear wants to come around."

    CHRIS M., MI (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "I wish it had a little more pep. I had owned a 4cyl. .Suburu, and that car had much more pick up"

    JEAN G., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "This car can turn on a dime (well very tight anyway) and has quickly helped me get out of a bad traffic situation, very nimble! Also small enough to park easily in San Francisco parking lots that have the narrowest spaces anywhere. The carry capacity is also great."

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "the best 4 cyl. motor Toyota ever used."

    Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "fun drive. worried i might not find another ride as fun as this."

    Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "I find that it doesn't excelerate as fast as I would like."

    Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Good used car for a student."

    Patrick S., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "The Toyota Matrix handles the road like a race car. The acceleration is fair with the manual transmission. It is a practical car and very reliable. Apart from the good road handling, nothing stands out."

    Todd M., TN (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Very well designed front seats could be more comfortable"

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "It handles very well and has good pick up. It's also the most dependable car I've ever owned."

    Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "The best car I have ever purchased. It still drives like new. It burns no oil. It handles very nicely, even the shock absorbers have not need replacement."

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Nimble and fun to drive. 6 speed manual transmission."

    Ann K., NJ (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Acceleration is slow getting to highway speeds, but adequate around town. Great handling! After over 157000 miles, still drives about 95% as well as when new. Fabulous long term vehicle, with typical/legendary Toyota quality."

    Jim M., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "handles well in parking lots"

    John B., NC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "All that I want or expect"

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "For a small crossover suv, acceleration and handling is on par with any compact sedan. Great brakes, in a panic stop, nice straight."

    Steve S., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "It’s wonderful in snow and ice, except when clearance is an issue. This becomes a problem on unplowed roads, primarily my driveway."

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Acceleration is pretty good. Handles fine."

    Matthew W., TX (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "As opposite as what we always read on most TOYOTA products, the Matrix is very fun to drive..."

    Christian G., QC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "A little faster acceleration would have been nice."

    Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Quick off the line due to torque (so much so, that new driver may end up squealing tires at launch). Handling is nimble."

    Scott F., PA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "The car is rough, noisy and has poor acceleration."

    Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Odometer - as soon as we hit 299,000 miles it stopped working. Toyota says that it isn't their problem but if this is a million mile odometer then what happened?! Also, I have been able to fond several sites online with complaints referring to this same problem but still Toyota will not take responsibility for this. And they want a lot to fix the issue."

    Ronald M., OH (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Ok acceleration and handling for small economy car"

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    Comfort

    Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

    What Owners Say

    "Seats need more back support."

    Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "you have to press hard to accelerate and then it jumps and takes off too fast. It is not comfortable"

    Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Seats - very comfortable with good overall support. Wish they had kept this style for the 2009 model."

    Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Seats could be more comfortable but for the price you can't expect too much more. The leg room is ok front & back. Climate control is ok as is the noise & ride for the price range of the car. You can't demand a Bentley for the price of a Matrix."

    MILTON M., FL (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Extremely noisy engine. Rough ride."

    MARK H., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Should name the wind noise after a hurricane, don't even want to take a long trip - would probably even up with hearing loss. Other than that not a bad car for the price"

    MARY P., AR (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "I prefer the earlier editions that were small wagons but Toyota made this into more of a small SUV type and took away some of the space I want. It's also not a quiet car."

    Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "The suspension is rather hard and unforgiving on potholes, etc."

    STEVE M., GA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "The driver seat is very supportive! I have back issued and can comfortably sit for long periods of time. Great thigh support."

    Ann K., NJ (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Tight ride nice head height"

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Seats are back breakers and very uncomfortable with poor lumbar support. Car is noisy with a rough ride."

    Jane K., FL (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "don't tire out after an hour of driving"

    John B., NC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Perfectly comfortable seats and efficient, well organized configuration of this hatchback. I -- and many others -- wish Toyota would bring back this model. Others stop me in parking lots and tell me how much they wish they could buy another Matrix -- even my old one."

    Kathleen H., NH (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Always felt that the suspension was too tight - you feel every bump in the road. Has a lot of road noise."

    Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "You hear lots of road noise in this car, but the right tires make a big difference. The seats/ride are very comfortable for a small car"

    Jenny B., AK (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Good: Comfortable seats, good back support, steering wheel well-positioned, smooth ride. Bad: Air noise through windows (probably need new seals)."

    Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "It rides higher than a Corrolla, and that's a nice feature."

    Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Very comfortable seats and relatively quiet car. Wonderful visibility."

    Matthew W., TX (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Noise when you have windows partly down is intolerable"

    Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Very 'buzzy' engine. Cabin noise at highway speeds is loud and dulling; generally unpleasant."

    Scott F., PA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "It is basic transportation, not much else in the comfort department. It does beat you up on long trips."

    Kurt E., PA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "There is a lot of sound noise that comes in by the front windows due to ill fitting rubber around the windows. This has been the case since we bought the car brand new. This makes your ride quite noisy when driving anywhere."

    Ronald M., OH (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Lots of wind noise around windows and dealer installed sun roof"

    Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    Value

    Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

    What Owners Say

    "Best car we ever had! Great cargo room, with versatile mounting hooks. Great for camping. Great for older people"

    HENDRIK W., ON (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Just reg maintenance & no surprise repairs. Great car!"

    Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "These cars run great. regular oil changes but take care to keep leaking transmission parts & seals serviced."

    STEPHEN B., NJ (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Super reliable!"

    Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "I have only had to do maintenance since the time of purchase"

    MARY ANN A., BC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Reliable,low maintenance,basic,functional."

    Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Paid a good price at purchase. Car has lots of usuable interior space for its size, easy to load and unload items."

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "I had to get a car ASAP after a crash totaled my other car. Had no down payment and not much time to look. The Matrix hit my criteria for practicality & safety, was a reasonable price & there was one on lot ready to go. Not sure at the time it would work out, 11 years later I think this is the best car I've ever had!"

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Too expensive."

    Anonymous, QC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Ride is hard, shock absorbers may not be working properly."

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "The amount of room and economy are great for this car."

    JIM D., NC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Very dependible. Safe to drive"

    Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Outstanding value! Have had the Matrix since new, October 2005, had only one issue (driver's power window) which was fixed under warranty. The Matrix has been amazingly trouble-free, with only maintenance and minimal other age-mileage related issues over the years."

    Jim M., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Ive had 213,000 trouble Free miles since I bought this vehicle. I did replace struts recently when cv joints failed, but I knew that was imminent."

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Great for local driving"

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "It is the most reliable auto I have ever owned"

    Bob R., NY (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Versatile vehicle. With rear seats and passenger seat backs down, the payload capacity is great for compact car. Handles well and o have no problem accelerating onto freeways."

    Steve S., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "I just wish that Toyota was still making the Matrix so I could buy a new one if and when it becomes necessary!"

    Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Very versatile hatch back with a lot of room when seats fold down completly flat. Transported lumber and made various moves with it"

    Izabela Z., MD (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "The car is very comfortable to drive. Its back seats can be folded down to increase carrying space."

    Anonymous, NS (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "After 125000 miles almost no maintenance costs other than routine"

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "A five door vehicle is excellent value for the money, slightly boxy is the 05 model but this allows for more cargo when back seats are folded down. However black cloth upolstery shows all dirt."

    David L., ON (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "reliable as a boat anchor"

    Ron M., IN (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "This car is still going strong with regular maintenance. I haven't had any major issues and would buy another one in a heart beat."

    Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Good car. Odometer stopped at 299999. Toyota won't fix. So as trip counters still working am keeping note myself of mileage (currently ~315,000"

    Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "This was a reasonably priced car that has lasted a long time with an overall low cost of ownership, including low maintenance expenses and good gas mileage."

    Amy B., SC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Long lasting, solid, basic car."

    David B., OH (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "A shining example of whyI buy Toyotas, it just keeps on going, a tiny little bit of rust showing in two areas where I did not fix a dent. It is 12 years old. I figure it needs a new clutch due to my then teenage son learning to drive on it. Nothing fancy just solid dependability."

    David L., ON (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Inexpensive car that has lasted a long time with very few problems."

    Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "With rear sears folded down excellent cargo room, better than some small SUVs. With front passenger seat back folded forward, can carry 8 ft long 2x4's with hatch closed."

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "This car has good gas mileage for an AWD car manufactured in 2005. It is easy to drive(I like the location of the shifter, comfortable on long road trips, easy to get into, has great visibility, can store a lot of items in it, and really has had very few problems(airbag replacement because of a recall). There are many first generation Toyota Matrixes still on the road. Another family member in the household drives this car now and loves it, too."

    Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "This car is the best car ever. It handles extremely well. Has nearly 300,000 miles and does NOT burn a drop of oil. Maintenancecosts over the last 12 years has been minimal."

    Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "This car is so reliable! After 240 000 km, it is still running so well. I changed my front brake pads only once at 140 000 km and never changed my back brake pads. This car is so spacious for it's size. No rust after 12 years without any anti-rust treatment. This is the best value for your money you can get."

    Christian G., QC (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    Styling

    How it looks inside and out

    What Owners Say

    "wagon back with window/hatch split opening cargo space rear seat folding flat good fog lights nice upright seating"

    Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Matrix)

    "Has quite an odd roofline and styling is not as sleek as other small hatchbacks. The XR package that we have gives it a sportier look and improves appearance dramatically."

    CHRIS M., MI (2005 Toyota Matrix)
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