Toyota’s engineers and designers have made changes to improve the 2011 Toyota Matrix, hoping to boost its popularity. The updated model, which received mostly cosmetic and trim-related modifications, made its debut at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. The changes are much like those on the facelifted 2011 Corolla.
The sporty five-door models feature new standard wheels, interior design features, the Toyota Care complimentary maintenance plan, and standard Smart Stop Technology. Toyota kept the 1.8-liter and 2.4-liter powerplants as well as the old four-speed automatic transmission.
The car’s exterior has been given supple changes, including rounded rear windows while the Matrix S also gets the all-new front and rear bumpers, integrated front and rear underbody spoilers and a large mesh front fog light bezel.
A new Spruce Mica color has been added to the available range. Only two trim levels are available for the 2011 models: base and S. These are powered by either a 132-horsepower 1.8-liter or 158-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
Buyers can get the all-wheel drive, which is offered as an optional extra for the Matrix S when mated with the 2.4-liter engine.
The Matrix grade offers the following standard equipment: an all-weather package, power windows with driver's side auto down and retained power features, power door locks, cruise control, color-keyed power heated rearview mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, heavy duty rear window defogger, AM/FM/CD audio with four speakers with MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio jack and auto sound leveling (ASL), intermittent rear window wiper, 12-volt power outlet, front center-console box and an engine immobilizer.