Last year's base-level Matrix becomes the Matrix L for 2013. The hatchback also adds several standard features, including a USB port, Bluetooth and satellite radio.
Which Matrix is the Best?
The Matrix model that stands apart is the all-wheel-drive S with its peppy engine and all-weather capability. Yes, the gas mileage isn't great, but if you live in a harsh climate, you might be willing to sacrifice a few miles per gallon in return for the practical Matrix's many virtues.
The 2013 Toyota Matrix comes in two trim levels: L and S. The L has the 1.8-liter engine, while the S has the 2.4-liter engine with available all-wheel drive.
The base L ($20,000) has standard features such as 16-inch steel wheels, a height-adjustable driver's seat, power accessories, cruise control, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel and a 4-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack. Newly standard features for 2013 include a USB port for music, Bluetooth and satellite radio.
The S ($21,000) gets sportier exterior styling cues, variable intermittent wipers and a 6-speaker stereo. Also, alloy wheels and a power sunroof are only offered on the Matrix S.
The 2013 Toyota Matrix comes with six airbags, standard stability control and active front head restraints. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard, which means Toyota didn't scrimp on costs concerning the Matrix's braking ability.
The government hasn't crash tested the Matrix, but the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded it the top Good rating for both frontal offset and side impacts.
2022 Toyota Matrix vs the competition
Ford Focus -- The recently redesigned Focus is available as a sleek hatchback, and we love its premium driving character. It has great fuel economy, as well. Watch out for the tight back seat, though.
Mazda 3 -- The Mazda 3 hatchback's new SkyActiv 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder makes almost as much power as the Matrix's 2.4-liter engine, and it gets much better fuel economy. We prefer the Mazda's ride and handling, too.
Hyundai Tucson -- If you really want that elevated driving position, check out the Tucson, which is a proper crossover SUV with compact dimensions.
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