2012 Toyota Matrix Overview
If you’re looking to spice things up a bit, the sporty, efficient, and dependable 2012 Toyota Matrix just might be the seasoning you’re looking for.
Available in two trims, base and S, the Matrix carries over to 2012 virtually unchanged. The Matrix is closely related to the Corolla, using the same wheelbase and also sharing an engine option. That engine is the standard, 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder found in base models that can be paired to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. An optional 158-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder is available on S models and can be mated to either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic.
For enhanced traction and handling, the S trim can also be equipped with all-wheel-drive, a four-speed automatic, and a rear double-wishbone suspension. EPA fuel estimates vary depending on which engine you choose and come in at 20-26 mpg in the city and 26-32 mpg on the highway. The 2012 Toyota Matrix goes head-to-head with the Kia Forte hatchback and the Mazda3 hatchback.
On the outside, the Matrix displays a sleek front fascia with thin wraparound headlights, a small mesh grille, and a larger mesh air damn. Multi-reflector halogen headlights, heated power exterior mirrors, a rear window wiper, and 16-inch steel wheels are all standard equipment while the S trim adds integrated fog lights and available 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a chrome-tipped exhaust, and a power moonroof with sliding sunshade.
Seat up to five inside the Matrix and utilize a 60/40-split backseat to fit more cargo. Power windows and locks, cruise control, air conditioning, fabric-trimmed six-way adjustable driver’s seat, rear window defogger, and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and auxiliary input jack for your iPod all come standard. Interior options include a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth® connectivity, SiriusXM Satellite Radio capability, and steering wheel audio controls.
In terms of safety, the 2012 Toyota Matrix is loaded with standard features including side curtain airbags, front side-impact airbags, antilock brakes, active front head restraints, and an electronic stability system with traction control.
Get sporty and efficient, while still having plenty of cargo space with the affordable 2012 Toyota Matrix hatchback.