Roomy, versatile and fresh - these are the types of things
Toyota once said about the Matrix. A sportwagon still in
its infancy, the Matrix is quickly making a name for itself.
And though the 2004 version is essentially unchanged from
last year's model, it is still quite innovative within the
often-stale automotive landscape.
The Toyota Matrix thrashed the Pontiac Vibe in sales in
2002, even though they share the same design and powertrain.
That just goes to show you the confidence consumers have
in the Toyota name. And with good reason - Toyota continues
to pump out diverse, competent vehicles that don't really
skimp on any of the essentials.
The 2004 Toyota Matrix is available in a standard model,
an XR trim and an XRS trim.
The wagon design of the Matrix results in impressive interior
space. It can seat five passengers and still offer 53 cubic
feet of interior cargo volume. This gives owners the kind
of versatility they are looking for when moving about the
Up front, the 2004 Toyota Matrix has an aggressively designed
cockpit with Optitron meters and an available 115-volt power
outlet. Functional equipment is the key to all Matrix models,
as standard features include air conditioning, power steering,
a fold-flat passenger seat, a center console, a split folding
rear seat, an AM/FM/CD player and a cargo cover.
The options list is filled with comfort features, particularly
when one chooses the top-line XRS model. With the XRS, you
can add a power sunroof and a navigation system featuring
an AM/FM radio with an under-seat mounted 6-disc CD changer.
The Matrix challenges the conventions of car design with
its tall, aggressive look. Functionality continues to dominate
however, as the Matrix has a swing-up tailgate and a separate-opening
window. With the XRS, things are taken to the extreme with
both front and rear spoilers and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The 2004 Toyota Matrix also offers all-wheel drive. Standard
and XR models are fitted with a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine
with 130 horsepower (123 horsepower with AWD models) and
125 lb-ft of torque. The XRS has more kick with a 1.8-liter,
4-cylinder model with 180 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque.
Standard and XR models give their owners the option of
4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. XRS models
let drivers feel the power directly with 6-speed manual.
The 2004 Matrix also handles well with engine speed-sensing,
power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering.
Safety and Security
The 2004 Toyota Matrix is made to withstand collisions with
steel body panels, front and rear crumple zones and side-impact
door beams. Other safety features include dual front airbags
and daytime running lights. Antilock brakes are standard
on AWD and XRS models, optional with all others.