2011 Toyota Matrix Unveiled At Chicago Auto Show

Toyota’s, somewhat popular, Matrix hatchback was redone two-years ago, but apparently the Japanese automaker got tired of it rather quickly and unveiled a revised version of the 2011 Matrix at the Chicago Auto Show.

The 2011 Toyota Matrix will get numerous new toys that will help it compete in the 21st Century, such as Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock brakes, Electronic Brake distribution and Smart Stop Technology brake-override.

Step inside the cabin and the Matrix will amaze with its new sporty seats that are an attempt to confuse buyers into the thinking this little hatchback is quick. Buyers will be able to choose from two interior colors schemes: dark charcoal or a combination of dark charcoal and ash gray. Step it up to the Matrix S and Toyota will throw in a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls and hands-free Bluetooth connectivity.

The base 2011 Toyota Matrix will come with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that will produce 138 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be connected to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic from the stone ages.

The base engine can achieve 25 miles per gallon city and 32 mpg on the highway with the manual, while the automatic raises the mpg in the city by one. Imagine what the mileage numbers for this engine could be if it was connected to, at least, a five-speed automatic.

If buyers opt for the Toyota Matrix S they will be treated to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 158 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The S comes standard with a five-speed manual, but there is an optional five-speed automatic offered.

The Matrix S can be fitted with all-wheel drive, but sadly, that will force one to take on the burden of the four-speed automatic. Toyota has stated that the S AWD does come with a “sport mode”, which most likely means that the gears will be held for a longer period of time before the up change.

If buyers opt for the five-speed manual Matrix S, the EPA estimated that one should get 21-mpg city and 28 on the highway. Add the automatic and the highway mileage number jumps by one. If all-wheel drive if equipped, the Matrix will only be able to net drivers 20-mpg city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is less than stellar.

Those that are looking to accessorize their Matrix will have plenty to choose from, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear underbody spoilers, color keyed rear spoiler and an S badge. Other features will include a Premium Package that will add six-speakers, USB port with iPod connectivity and so on.

Expect to see the new 2011 Toyota Matrix in dealer lots very soon.


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