The 2012 Toyota Matrix will be offered with two model grades and two powertrain offerings as well as all-wheel drive. The versatile and sporty Matrix models will come with the Toyota Care complimentary maintenance plan, which gives either a two-year or 25,000-mile coverage for the car, whichever arrives first.
The five-door Toyota Matrix is enjoyable to drive, it has the practicality of a small SUV, and it boasts outstanding fuel economy. Just like the previous model, the 2012 Matrix will be equipped with the standard Toyota Star Safety System™ that consists of the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also features a Smart Stop Technology brake-override system.
It is offered in two grades: base Matrix and the sporty S grade. Included in the powertrain options are the 1.8-liter and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines, a five-speed manual transmission, and either four- or five-speed automatic transmissions.
Meanwhile, the all-wheel-drive (AWD) Matrix S features the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and the ECT four-speed automatic transmission. Powering the Matrix grade is a 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, which delivers 132 hp at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm.
To optimize the performance and economy, Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts.
The 1.8-liter engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission (ECT). The Matrix S is only powered by one engine: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 158 hp at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Vibration is suppressed by a balance shaft. The exhaust system is also engineered to have reduced backpressure a boosted performance. This engine is mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic (four-speed with AWD).