2012 Toyota Matrix

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22 CITY / 29 HWY
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What's New for 2012:
- Model is unchanged after a significant refresh for 2011

Exterior Features
The 2012 Toyota Matrix is a 5-passenger hatchback available in two trim levels. Standard equipment includes 16-inch wheels and heated mirrors. According to Toyota, the Matrix has sport-coupe-inspired styling cues and a sporty, dynamic shape that includes rounded rear windows and continuous character lines that run from the front grille to the A-pillar.

Interior Features
The Toyota Matrix comes standard with cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 4-speaker sound system with CD player and auxiliary audio jack, and a cargo-area folding tonneau cover.  Optitron instrument-panel gauges feature bright white lighting and new silver ornamentation, with a large round speedometer mounted in the center and a tachometer to its left.

Optional Features
Options on the Toyota Matrix come in packages and include fog lamps, fold-flat passenger seat, 6-speaker sound system, 115-volt outlet, sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, iPod interface, satellite radio, front and rear underbody spoilers, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood
The 2012 Toyota Matrix comes standard with front-wheel drive (FWD), with all-wheel drive (AWD) available on the upper trim. The lower-trim Matrix is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 132 horsepower. The upper-level trim is fitted with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 158 horsepower. Both trims come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, with an optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Toyota Matrix are:
- Matrix with 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission: 26/32/29 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Matrix with 1.8-liter engine and automatic transmission: 25/32/28 mpg
- Matrix with 2.4-liter engine, manual transmission and FWD: 21/28/24 mpg
- Matrix with 2.4-liter engine, automatic transmission and FWD: 21/29/24 mpg
- Matrix with 2.4-liter engine and AWD: 20/26/22 mpg

Standard safety features on the 2012 Toyota Matrix include stability and traction control, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the  Matrix received 4 (out of 5) stars for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Toyota Matrix received a  \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection, and an \"Acceptable\" rating for rear-crash protection.


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