2013 Toyota Matrix Overview
The 2013 Toyota Matrix is the hatchback version of Toyota’s popular Corolla compact sedan, and competes with other compact hatches like the Mazda3 and Kia Forte.
There are a few added features for the 2013 model year. The base stereo now includes satellite radio, iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth audio streaming so you can get your tunes any way you please no matter the trim. S models add a 6.1-inch touch-screen to its stereo that sits in the center console.
Sporting a more modern exterior than the tame Corolla, the Matrix leans forward aggressively thanks to its wraparound headlights and its rear D-pillars which sweep towards the front of the car as well. 16- and 17-inch wheels are available and daytime running lights as well as heated power mirrors are standard. An optional Sport Package adds a rear spoiler, underbody spoilers, and unique alloy wheels.
There are two engine options, divided by trim level. Base models use the same engine as the Corolla, a 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. S-trim models get a larger 158-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that offers a five-speed manual or automatic. S-trim models also offer available all-wheel drive which comes with a four-speed automatic (the base trim is front-wheel drive only).
Fuel economy varies depending on engine, transmission, and drivetrain choices. The most fuel efficient combination is the base engine and five speed manual which returns 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. At the bottom are all-wheel drive models with the larger engine, with 20/26 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the Matrix offers plenty of cargo space, 19.8 cubic feet behind the backseat and 49.4 cubic feet when the 60/40-split folding backseat is lowered. Standard features include power windows and locks, air conditioning, cruise control, and the aforementioned audio connectivity upgrades.
The 2013 Matrix also offers a long list of standard safety features, such as front side-impact, side curtain, and front airbags, active front head restraints, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.
For a car that has the footprint of a compact but can still carry plenty of cargo and offers sporty, youthful styling, take the red pill and go with the 2013 Toyota Matrix.