The 2012 Toyota Matrix is a five-door hatchback that offers two different engine options; a standard 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 132 hp/128 lb-ft of torque and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 158 hp/162 lb-ft of torque. Drivers can choose between standard FWD or optional AWD. Transmission options consist of a 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic and 5-speed automatic. Fuel mileage falls between an EPA estimated range of 21 mpg city and 32 mpg highway depending on engine, transmission and drivetrain selection. Features are comprised of 18-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, cruise control, fold-flat front passenger seat, remote keyless entry, premium sound system, hands-free phone capability and DVD navigation system. Safety is comprised of dual-stage airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, two-row side curtain airbags, anti-lock braking, electronic brake distribution, vehicle stability control and traction control. The Matrix is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The Matrix carries into 2012 with no changes.
Versatile cargo-carrying ability; standard safety features; 32-plus mpg on the highway
Despite the slight price increase for the 2012 model year, the Matrix still comes down as a great value in the crossover and sport wagon segment. The base model with the manual transmission starts at $18,845. Vehicle stability control and traction control are standard even on the base model -- which achieves 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with the manual transmission.