• Feb 10, 2011
2011 Toyota Matrix - Click above for high-res image gallery

Look very closely and you may notice the subtle changes Toyota has made to its Matrix for the 2011 model year. If your eyes are still failing you (as were ours at first glance), we'll point them all out. There are new wheels across the board, Smart Stop technology has been added to curb pedal misapplication complications, and the automaker's "Toyota Care" complimentary maintenance plan is now standard. That wasn't too difficult, was it?

As was the case last year, the 2011 Matrix is again offered in Base and S trim levels with a standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder (132 horsepower) or a more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder (158 horsepower). The standard powertrain is front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional on the higher trim level with the larger engine. Those seeking a bit more driving excitement (well, at least visual excitement) need to add the optional Sport Package to their S model, as it adds 17-inch alloy wheels, underbody spoilers, and a painted rear spoiler. Oh, we almost forgot... a new color, called Spruce Mica, joins the exterior palate for 2011.



Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL


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      • 3 Years Ago
      What would you expect Longduc? Look who the new sponsor is. Want to silence the critics? Spread some cash. Want to get a story on nothing? Spread some cash.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Presented By: Toyota - Moving Forward"

        I am a bit disgusted by this as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If had to choose between a Matrix or a Corolla, I'd go with the Matrix because:
      1. 2.4L/5AT powertrain still available.
      2. IRS standard (on both trim levels, to boot).
      3. Rear disc brakes standard.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey everybody, look! They put white frosting on the vanilla cupcake!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hey, I judge ice cream by its vanilla flavor. Why? Because a good vanilla needs nothing to make it taste great.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Vanilla is the most popular flavor of ice cream by a wide margin, you know.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering the fact that the 2011 Toyota Matrix is the very first of these tween cars, and the fact that it still is immensely popular we thinking many of the consumers will be attracted towards it.
      http://www.autolinemag.com/366-2012-corvette.html
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll admit that I have an 04 Matrix, and though it's loud, horrible over bumps, and somewhat slow, it has given me 170,000 miles of nearly problem-free driving. I've also managed to fit an entire bathtub, in the box, into the back of this car - and still managed to close the hatch. Try that in your Mazda 3!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Matrix has ~48cubic feet of cargo room, Mazda3 has ~43. Seems like a small enough difference that things like the suspension layout / hatch slope will make a bigger difference.

        For the record, I have not tried to stuff a bathtub into a Mazda3, but I have crammed a full-size dishwasher into the back of an Impreza hatch, so I consider myself an expert on these matters.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Matrix has a long mode for cargo, which none of its rivals do. I use this on a regular basis.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i don't remember if I ended up posting this fugliness in the other Matrix thread. I chopped this after the last "update" AB post. fugly is fugly no matter what you do to it.

      http://artandcolour.blogspot.com/2011/02/photoshop-aint-magic-lol.html

      thankfully i'm late to the thread so fewer eyes will be impaired, lol.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cmon AB, you just posted this the other day. I said it then, and Ill say it again: the changes made to the Matrix are typical of modern day Toyota... SNOOZEFEST!!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I, for one, appreciate these types of posts. More generally, I like that due to the ease of posting on the internet, this information is out there.

        Would this type of minor update EVER been included in the limited print space of Car&Driver or Motor Trend 15 years ago? As a result, this type of stuff went unnoticed, even by auto enthusiasts, until they saw one on the road, and had that "oh, that must be the new model" moment.

        This helps all of us keep our "car guy" reps with our friends. I don't know about you guys but I HATE when I see a vehicle on the road and don't already know all about it.

        • 3 Years Ago
        What, you don't think Spruce Mica will see these things flying off the showroom floor? O ye of little faith......
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well for those of you who actually know something about reliability, anyone would buy any Toyota Matrix or Corolla before a Mazda 3. The Toyota's engine dont put rods through the blocks like the 2.3 Mazda motors do, the Toyota's dont go through brakes every 20,000 miles or less, the Toyota's dont go through tires every 15,000 to 20,000 miles etc etc. So thats probably why the Corolla/Matrix (#1) and Camry (#2) were again the top selling cars in the US for January 2011. Like most of you I am an enthusiast and agree the Toyota's arent inspiring, however to the other 95% of the buying public they provide exactly what they want. A truly reliable appliance that is worth someone after you drive it for 5-6 years.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Have always liked this car but I won't be getting one. Took a look at the Vibe and Matrix recently. Narrow footwell, no place to put my left foot (firewall inches from the brake pedal). 6foot 4 and it is not going to happen.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I feel dumb. Probably AM dumb. (I'll say it before you do)
      I thought the Matrix was discontinued.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You're not alone. I was pretty sure Toyota stopped making these when they pulled out of the NUMMI plant last April. Are these all built in Cambridge, Ontario alongside Corollas?
        • 3 Years Ago
        FYI, all Matrixes are built in Cambridge, Ontario.

        I know this post is more concerned with being snarky than being informative, but just for the record, you didn't actually list all the changes. In fact, you missed the most prominent (relatively speaking) bits: the new steering wheel and new bumpers for the sport package.

        So there! :-D
        • 3 Years Ago
        NUMMI was discontinued. And so was Toyota's partnership with GM building the Matrix and Vibe there (Pontiac vanishing helped).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like someone mated a Corolla with a bargain bike helmet from Wal-Mart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Way to go Toyota, you're making progress.
      *sarcasm*
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