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2007 Toyota Matrix news, pictures, and information
Toyota Corolla Matrix Started Crossover Utility Vehicle TrendWith its unique blend of sporty styling and practicality, the Toyota Corolla Matrix crossover utility vehicle (CÚV) has become a major influence on modern compact car design. The five-door Matrix models provide exemplary fuel efficiency, too, wîth EPA estimated mileage ratings as high as 30 mpg city and 36 mpg highway in models wîth the five-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Matrix is available in two model grades – Standard, and the XR wîth enhanced content. The XRS model has been discontinued for 2007, as has the four-wheel drive option for other models.
Matrix has been especially successful at reaching younger buyers because it provides such a compelling value in a spirited and uniquely styled package. At the same time, its versatility and excellent fuel efficiency have made Matrix popular wîth buyers of all ages.
Toyota designed the Matrix at Calty Design Research, its design studio in Newport Beach, Calif. 'Edge-web' detailing blends sharply creased surfaces wîth rounded web-like contours to create strong, flowing character lines. The three-window profile gives the driver excellent outward visibility. Inside, Matrix presents a sporty environment, highlighted by an instrument panel featuring Optitron gauges set in cylindrical, chrome-rimmed housings.
Versatility and Room Without Bulk
The Matrix offers the versatility of a small SÚV, including ample room for five passengers, wîth high seating points providing easy access and a command view of the road. All grades include a driver's seat wîth height adjustment. The rear seat provides a generous 36.3 inches of legroom, which is on par wîth many midsize cars.
|Engine : 1.8 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 126 hp
Torque: 122 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 4-speed Automatic
The load floor is perfectly flat and has a durable, washable surface. Eight tie-down hooks and two cargo nets are standard equipment, and customers can outfit Matrix wîth available accessories, including a cargo mat, and even a pet screen. Toyota dealers offer an accessory roof rack and rear bumper step cover.
The front passenger seatback folds down, to either serve as a table for other passengers or enable the Matrix to carry long objects. Adding to the versatility, the rear glass hatch can open separately using a dash-mounted release or the keyless entry remote control on models so equipped.
Safety and Security
Passive safety technology in the Matrix includes advanced deployment front airbags, pretensioners and force limiters for the front seatbelts and side-impact door beams. Front seat side and curtain shield airbags are optionally available. An anti-lock brake system (ABS) wîth Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) can be added as an option.
When equipped wîth the automatic transmission, Matrix models offer an optional Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system wîth Traction Control. The VSC system helps maintain direction during cornering by manipulating engine torque and individual wheel-braking influence when it detects tire slippage. The VSC option includes a traction control function that helps reduce tire slippage during acceleration.
Brake Assist, also included wîth the VSC option, is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking and, if the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to engage the anti-lock brake system (ABS), Brake Assist supplements the applied braking power until the driver releases pedal pressure.
All Matrix models feature a tire pressure monitoring system wîth a dashboard monitor light. For security, all models also feature an anti-theft engine immobilizer. The rear seat is equipped wîth three top-tether child restraint system attachment points and the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) uniform child restraint anchorage system.
Models wîth power door locks (standard on XR) and the automatic transmission feature a shift-linked system that locks the doors automatically when the shift handle is placed into 'Drive' and the car is driven a short distance. The system unlocks the doors when the shifter is placed in 'Park' and the ignition is switched off.
Matrix models are powered by a dual overhead-cam (DOHC) 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 126 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 122 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,200 RPM. Toyota's advanced Variable Valve Timing wîth intelligence (VVT-i) optimizes power delivery throughout the engine speed range.
The engine produces at least 90-percent of its peak torque from just 2,000 RPM to the 6,000 RPM redline, giving the Matrix especially good low- and mid-range response. With the available four-speed electronic automatic transmission, the Matrix models have excellent EPA city/highway estimated mileage ratings of 28/34 MPG. The Matrix features standard P205/55 R16 tires. Both grades add optional aluminum 16-inch alloy wheels, and the XR grade offers optional aluminum 17-inch alloy wheel.
Toyota Value and Peace of Mind
Because it is based on the Corolla platform, Matrix gives the customer the peace of mind of driving one of the world's most reliable and durable vehicles. Cutting edge in form and style, Matrix is also aimed at keeping wîth the Toyota tradition of value and low cost of ownership.
Generous standard equipment for Matrix includes air conditioning wîth a cabin air filter; an AM/FM/CD sound system wîth four speakers; a three-spoke tilt §teering wheel; height adjustable driver's seat; intermittent wipers, a digital clock and a digital outside temperature gauge. The XR grade adds power mirrors, power windows and door locks; a leather §teering wheel; remote keyless entry; variable intermittent wipers and an intermittent rear window wiper.
The XR offers a JBL premium AM/FM stereo wîth in-dash 6-disc changer as an option. The Matrix Standard model can be optionally equipped wîth many features from the XR grade, individually or in packages.
Toyota's 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle limited warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60 months/60,000 miles and corrosion perforation for 60 months wîth no mileage limitation.Source - Toyota
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