2012 Toyota MatrixPosted: March 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 New Car Models, Toyota | Leave a comment »
The 2012 Toyota Matrix is a compact hatchback that can carry up to five people and plenty of cargo. The 2012 Matrix competes with Kia Forte, Mazda3 and Honda Fit. The versatile and sporty Toyota Matrix, wich received a significant refresh for 2011, moves into 2012 continuing with two model grades and two powertrain offerings and available all-wheel drive.
The 2012 Toyota Matrix is available in L (MSRP from $ 18,845) and S ( starting at $ 19,565 MSRP) trim levels. The 2012 Matrix L comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, full power accesories and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The Matrix S adds foglamps, a fold-flat passenger seat, a six-speaker sound system and a 115-volt power outlet.
The second-generation Toyota Matrix displays sport-coupe-inspired styling cues while maintaining impressive interior utility. The result is a sporty, dynamic shape that provides a quiet interior for five people to ride in comfort. Cockpit styling in the Matrix is anchored by a driver-oriented instrument panel and console controls. The Optitron instrument-panel gauges feature bright white lighting and new silver ornamentation, with a large round speedometer mounted in the center and a tachometer to its left.
A choice between two interior color schemes includes dark charcoal or a combination of dark charcoal and ash gray, and a three-spoke steering wheel adds a sporty touch. 2012 Matrix S comes with a leather-trimmed steering wheel that includes spoke-mounted audio controls and hands-free Bluetooth capability. Multiple storage spaces are located throughout the interior, including front and rear door pockets that each holds a 20-ounce plastic bottle.
Available options on the 2012 Matrix grade include a base Sport Package with front and rear underbody spoilers and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Sport Package for Matrix S adds color keyed rear spoiler and a unique S badge. The Premium Package offers a power tilt/slide moonroof, an audio system with six speakers, MP3 playback capability, USB port with iPod connectivity and hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth technology.
Powertrain choices of 2012 Toyota Matrix include 1.8-liter and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines, a five speed manual transmission, and either four- or five-speed automatic transmissions. The all-wheel-drive ( AWD ) 2012 Matrix S is equipped with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and the ECT four-speed automatic transmission.
The 2012 Toyota Matrix L is powered by 1.8-liter DOHC engine which produces 132 hp at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to help optimize performance and economy. The 2012 Matrix L has earned an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 25 mpg city/ 32 mpg highway with automatic transmission.
The 2012 Toyota Matrix S exclusively features a 2.4-liter engine that produces 158 hp at 6000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Matrix S with five-speed manual transmission achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. With the five-speed automatic transmission it earns 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The 2012 Toyota Matrix S AWD is rated by the EPA at 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.
The 2012 Toyota Matrix continues to feature the standard Toyota Star Safety System which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. All Matrix models are equipped with six standard airbags, including advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and front-and-rear side-curtain airbags.
The edmunds.com website says about 2012 Toyota Matrix:
For about a decade, the Matrix has been a convincingly sporty, reasonably fuel-efficient four-door hatchback with the promise of Toyota reliability.