• Feb 13, 2007

Toyota will be updating the Matrix in Spring 2008 and the automaker is using the Mazda3 as its design inspiration (good choice) for the hatchback. The Corolla-based vehicle is already sold in Europe as the Auris and in Japan as the Blade. The US-based Matrix will have different sheet metal than in other markets but it may be taking on the Blade name since Toyota has registered the name with the US Patent and Trademark office. The Japan market Blade has a 2.4L engine producing 158 HP, which would be a big bump from the 126 HP that powers the current Matrix.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]



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      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yawn...I woke up from my nap to look at this turd? I thought it was a Kia at first lol. Who wants to be seen in a Kia? A Toyota? Me neither!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "she told me this was the fifth time she had this problem after the dealer had the car for two days "cleaning out the sludge" that now plagues the world known reliable tomoco. theirs a new impala parked in their driveway and the camry is gone. toyota ain't what they say they are."

      -Wow, FIVE times? At this point in time Toyota has a LONG way to go until people actually think of them as GM/Ford.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still get 30+ mpg in my '03 Matrix XRS, and that's after 95k miles of hard driving and 8000 rpm shifting. It's been trouble-free and has way more interior room than the Mazda3 (or any other small hatchback on the market today).

      The 2.4 is a thirsty turd in the tC; I don't see it being much better in the next Matrix. I really want to stick with Toyota, but their recent designs and engine choices are making it difficult.

      Why can't we get something interesting, like the 2.0 turbo used in the Japanese market Caldina?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not an improvement IMO. The matrix/vibe were on top of my list when I replaced my current 99 zx2.

      A big part of the reason was the great fuel econ of the matrix for its size.

      With a 2.4L fuel econ will be nothing special.

      On styling, I hope pontiac does a better job with the Vibe.
      Royce
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've read a lot of comments on here. and I won't really target anyone in particular, because I am not intending to bash anyone. I just wanted to state my opinions, as well as point out a few things.

      First off...I like the look of the new style.

      Pontiac only changed the Front Fascia and the rear bumper...oooh...what's so awe inspiring about that? I actually like the older design of the Vibe's front grille better than the current one. I don't like the look of any of the current Pontiac fascia's. But, again, that's my opinion.

      Now, correct me if I'm wrong, my memory is a little fuzzy, but didn't the current body style of the Mazda3 come out after the Matrix? If so, then that would mean that Mazda was emulating Toyota, in design. But, where the Matrix was a colaboration between GM and Toyota, with a utilitarian mind set, the Mazda3, it seems to me, took the look, which was popular, and designed the interior to be more sporty. Plus it's not classified as a "CUV," as the Matrix is.

      Plus, I'm guessing that Toyota wanted some kind of Small Ute, since the RAV4 got up-sized.

      Now, since there is going to be some changes taking place, with Toyota be calling this vehicle the Matrix, Blade, Corolla Blade, Matrix Blade? remember the name Blade is still speculative, because that is what it is called in other markets.

      The Current Camry 4cyl is rated at 158 hp/161 lbs-ft, roughly 3300lbs curb weight, with an EPA of 24/34 for a manual, 24/33 for an auto.
      The Current Matrix 4cyl is rated at 126 hp/122 lbs.-ft, roughly 2800lbs curb weight, with an EPA of 30/36 for a manual, 29/34 for an auto.
      If the New Blade, a name that is synonimous with Japanese culture, not movies, maintains a similar weight class of approx 2800lbs, then the Economy wouldn't be too far off from it's current standings. I have a tC, that is approx 2800lbs (auto), and I get approx 34-36 on the highway. And that is with speeds averaging approx 75-85 mph.

      The name "Matrix" was used because it was a strong concept (Cross-over Utility Vehicle) that led the was to many simlar types of vehicles, from other manufacturers. Matrix is otherwise defined as:
      ma·trix /ˈmeɪtrɪks, ˈmæ-/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[mey-triks, ma-] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
      –noun, plural ma·tri·ces /ˈmeɪtrɪˌsiz, ˈmæ-/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[mey-tri-seez, ma-] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation, ma·trix·es.
      1. something that constitutes the place or point from which something else originates, takes form, or develops: The Greco-Roman world was the matrix for Western civilization.

      There, I've said my opinion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      rob, your domestic bashing just does'nt wash anymore. in the first place, you're off topic, and since you are, how's this. when it was -4 last week, my neighbors 05 camry would'nt start. no, it was'nt the battery, it just would'nt start. period. as i was giving her a ride to the train in my wifes five year old suburban, she told me this was the fifth time she had this problem after the dealer had the car for two days "cleaning out the sludge" that now plagues the world known reliable tomoco. theirs a new impala parked in their driveway and the camry is gone. toyota ain't what they say they are.

      • 7 Years Ago
      "OH yeah...it doesn't sell"

      I don't think that statement is based in reality. I don't have exact numbers on the Matrix, but I know the Vibe is the #1 selling model for Pontiac last year. The Matrix can't be that bad.
      • 7 Years Ago
      According to what I've read on the new Corolla it is going to have a 2.0 L engine and I guess Toyota wants to differentiate the Matrix/Blade from the basic Corolla. If this means a much thirstier engine but more pulling power (it does have more cargo space) I guess they are willing to sacrifice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a current matrix owner I have some fears that the 2.4 will really hurt gas mpg. It should be an optional engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In Washinton, DC the Blade is the local gay newspaper.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why would they change the name? The Matrix has sold well. Most likely they've registered Blade just in case they later want to use it. These companies register far more names than they actually use.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lithous once again proves his idiocy. Foreign companies don't stick with car names? Compared to what? Do the Zephyr, Taurus, and Sable ring a bell? Plus look at cars like the Thunderbird and the Malibu and the Impala and the Challenger and the 300 and the GTO and so on. All car names that were revived recently. And they can't get revived until their companies abandon them, now can they.

      David, what a pointless, stupid story. My Grand Prix didn't start at all last week, but my Camry did. Gee, I guess I should never buy a Pontiac again because of that. Also, the oil sludge issue is not present in the '05 Camry's array of engines. And even if it were, your neighbor would have had to never get an oil change once in about 50,000 miles for it to show up. So if the story you're telling is true, can't wait for her to ruin her Impala, too!
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