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Toyota Matrix

Toyota Matrix

With the Chicago Auto Show set to start in just a few hours, makers have already started to reveal details on their models on display at the show. And Toyota seems to be the first one. The company has just release details on the 2011 Matrix, a model that comes with new standard wheels, interior design features, the Toyota Care complimentary maintenance plan, and standard Smart Stop Technology.

For 2011 the new Matrix gets all-new front and rear bumpers, front and rear underbody spoilers and a large mesh front fog lamp bezel. The interior gets an Optitron instrument-panel gauge, new seat fabrics and improved center console.

For 2011, Matrix will be offered in two grades: base Matrix and the sporty S grade, one powered by a 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine and the other one by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The two engines will be mated to either a a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission (ECT).

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Toyota Matrix.

Just when you thought that Toyota was finally turning the corner after all its recall woes this year, here comes news that the manufacturer is once again issuing a (voluntary) safety recall involving approximately 1.13 million units of 2005-2008 Toyota Corolla and Toyota Matrix vehicles.

According to Toyota, the recall is being issued in the US in large part because of a potential defect in the cars’ Engine Control Modules (ECM).

According to Toyota: “On vehicles equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive, there is a possibility that a crack may develop at certain solder points or on the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage (varistor), on the ECM’s circuit board. In most cases, if a crack occurs at certain solder points or on certain varistors, the check engine may illuminate, harsh shifting could result, or the engine may not start. In limited instances, if cracking occurs on particular solder points or varistors, the engine could stop while the vehicle is being driven.”

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Source: Toyota

Wagons have a bad stigma that they don’t deserve. They are a symbol of giving up in life. Our parents never fondly looked back on the wagons that our siblings and we forced them to drive. The vehicles our parents loved were the cool little cars they had in their pre-wagon days. This has scarred our image of wagons to the point we will only drive SUVs or crossovers. So, when Toyota wanted to add more utility to the Corolla, they didn’t call it the Corolla Wagon, they called it the Matrix.

The Corolla feeling is not an accident and is not a problem. The 2009 Corolla we had in our test fleet was frugal friend, and our Matrix XRS has a larger engine and a sport-tuned suspension. So, it was no surprise that the Matrix won over some staff members as a desirable everyday car.

Toyota announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) today for the all-new 2009 Corolla and Matrix, along with the 2008 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Special Edition. The Corolla base MSRP will range from $15,250 to $19,950 while the Matrix will range from $16,190 to $21,850. MSRPs do not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $660. Both models will begin arriving at dealerships next month.

Toyota will stage the U.S. premiere of the all-new 2009 Corolla and Matrix at a press conference at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, held October 30 - November 3, 2007 in Las Vegas. Originally launched in 1966, Corolla first arrived in America in 1968 to instant success. For nearly four decades, Corolla has been synonymous with Toyota quality, style and value, earning a distinction as one of the most trusted cars in America. Over that span over 30 million (...)

Ordinarily, a single vehicle isn’t right for every task. But with five doors, loads of cargo space, multiple interior configurations and available full-time 4WD 2, the 2006 Matrix is whatever you want it to be. Factor in the XR’s available integrated fog lamps and front and rear underbody spoilers and you get even more variations. But don’t worry. You won’t have to get a bigger garage.


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