The 2010 Toyota Matrix is a fuel efficient and practical vehicle, but many have complained about its unimpressive cabin materials and forgettable performance. With these criticisms aside, the 2010 Matrix is a practical choice due to its cavernous cargo area, outstanding gas mileage and good visibility from the front row. The Matrix is available in three trims with two engines. The base engine is a 1.8-liter four cylinder, which the S and XRS times have a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine.
Since it was just redesigned for 2009, the 2010 model year of the Matrix is virtually unchanged, except that now all trims receive standard stability control. Performance-wise, the 2010 Matrix isn't especially sporty, but it has competent power for the class. Its 2.4-liter four cylinder provides a more pleasing driving experience, but the base 1.8-liter engine is more fuel efficient. The EPA rates the lower engine at 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission; the high level engine achieves 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with a four speed automatic.
Freshly redesigned for 2009, the exterior of the 2010 Matrix has some added sharpness and angularity. Some have claimed that the new design looks more like a size larger Scion xD, only duller, but the new sheet metal gives the vehicle a chic look. Inside, the Matrix's cabin is roomy with good visibility for the driver, but the seats aren't much for praise. Like most small cars, the Matrix is not long on rear seat space or comfort, and in all honesty only children will find them comfortable enough to bear for the ride.
The Matrix also comes with a list of standard features, but the cheap quality of materials in the cabin put a damper on that positive.