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2011 Toyota Matrix Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Nice trustworthy car with jerky gas pedal and bad front seats by bmwtourer



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Reviewed: 2011 Toyota Matrix

4dr Hatch 158-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Why the 2011 Toyota Matrix?

Front seat support & comfort

front seat for a tall large guy is terrible this is why i got a BMW instead 2 years ago, my wife is using the Toyota

Reliability & durability

this car is very reliable, the only parts which was replaced under warranty was the fuel cap which the "audible click" stopped working but the dealer forced it and it appeared to be working. They offered to replace the cap anyway under warranty then... which i accepted.

the battery went dead after 7 years which is normal.


I owned many cars, currently Toyota and BMW 328xi. I can not compare the 2 obviously but the Toyota Matrix XRS with its special suspension is a great and fun to drive... the car feels much more solid than the standard Matrix because suspension is tweaked by Toyota adding stuff to the suspension that the standard Matrix does not. The XRS shares the same suspension than the 4 wheel drive.... 4 wheels independent suspension...

Powertrain performance

This one is complicated... car has plenty of power and fun to drive. the only thing that I do not like is that the pedal is too sensitive on the starts. You have to be very gentle when you start from a stop because it will shake you, acceleration is too much and it is difficult to have a smooth start. This is really annoying.

Exterior styling

bought the car in 2011 and styling is still uptodate. I really like the Matrix XRS...

Why Not the 2011 Toyota Matrix?

Ride smoothness

like I explained in my pro review the gas pedal is too sensitive. I mean really too sensitie.

took to the dealer twice and complained but they could not do anything....

Front seat support & comfort

front seat are horrible for an "high end" class (XRS) car ...

I considered getting rid of the car due to back pain, but my wife is using it now, I got a BMW

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Response from NormT

9:42 am January 11, 2018

The touchy throttle tip from a stop has plague Toyota's since the turn of the century. Might explain in part their problems with Sudden Accleration from last decade. Now Toyota has Subaru as a partner, Subarus are now too touchy. A guy at has the Vibe version and really likes i


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Response from LectroFuel

7:21 pm February 1, 2018

Norm, it is interesting how you say the Toyota Matrix isn't a good car because of the touchy throttle, but "a guy" likes his Toyota-made, GM-badged Pontiac Vibe, which is the same exact car.

If you ever have unintended acceleration, put it in neutral, pull over, and turn it off. In a Prius, hold the gear lever in neutral for a few seconds. It was a hoax after all caused by human error. At least Toyota recalled it when they heard reports of this problem.

It's All Your Fault: The DOT Renders Its Verdict on Toyota's Unintended-Acceleration Scare


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Response from NormT

10:06 pm February 1, 2018

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