Toyota Matrix Canada
The Toyota Matrix is a sedan based crossover manufactured by Toyota Canada in Cambridge, Ontario since 2003, also known as Toyota Corolla Matrix. The Matrix is only available in Canada, Mexico and the Unites States and is considered a Corolla hatchback/station wagon counterpart the North American car market.
The Toyota Matrix design is shared with the Pontiac Vibe during the joint venture between General Motors and Toyota, while the Vibe and Matrix are identical mechanically and share a very similar interior design, the exterior is designed and assembled by Toyota in Canada. The Matrix follows a station wagon type design in an SUV style body, in what is now known as a CUV or crossover utility vehicle, this new segment is commonly referred as sport wagon.
Toyota Matrix 2003-2008
The first generation Toyota Matrix was launched in 2003 based on the Corolla platform, with a 1.8L DOHC 1ZZ-FE engine also shared with Corolla with 130HP, it was also available with a more powerful 1.8L 2ZZ-GE shared with the Toyota Celica GT-S with 164HP for the Toyota Matrix XRS which was dropped out of the trim version in 2006 and was temporarily replaced by the Matrix M-Theory edition with all-wheel drive.
The Toyota Matrix is available in three trims; Matrix base trim, XR and Matrix XRS until 2006. While the base model included air conditioning it was a very basic version with no power windows, locks, mirrors or rear window wipers, for a more complete vehicle with even the basics of standard features you'll need to upgrade to the Matrix XR which also includes optional leather steering-wheel, sunroof, 16 inch wheels, body kit and optional AWD. While the Matrix XRS comes with four wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and cruise control, in 2005 17-inch alloy wheels were optional.
Toyota Matrix 2009-present
The new Toyota Matrix was unveiled at the 2007 SEMA in Las Vegas along with the 10th generation Toyota Corolla. It arrived at Canadian dealerships in January 2008 as Matrix 2009 model. The 2011 Matrix in Canada is available in a 1.8L, DOHC 132HP engine, equipped with Dual VVT-i, making it extremely efficient or a 2.4L, 16-valve, 158HP engine, equipped with VVT-i and sporty performance.
The Matrix is available in three trims; the base model Matrix, Matrix XR and 2011 Matrix XRS. They all have independent front suspension with MacPherson struts, while the Matrix XRS is equipped with an all-wheel drive independent rear suspension. The base model is loaded with the fuel efficient 1.8L engine, front wheel drive, available in 5-speed automatic or 4-speed automatic, ECT (Electronically Controlled Transmission), overdrive, lock-up torque converter and transmission cooler.
The 2011 Toyota Matrix XR, XRS and Matrix AWD share the 2.4L DOHC engine, ventilated disc brakes, with ABS brake assist and EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), and is available with
5-speed manual transmission or overdrive sequential shift mode, 5-speed, A/T, Electronically Controlled Transmission with overdrive. All Matrix models come with side curtain airbags, torso side airbags and curtain airbags. Since 2010 Vehicle Stability Control and traction control systems became standard for all trim models.
The 2012 Matrix in Canada received 5 stars from IIHS for frontal crash test for both driver and passenger, and side impact test. With 4 star ratings for rear impact and rollover tests.