Toyota Matrix News
Scion, the supposedly hip, youth-oriented brand established 10 years ago by Toyota, hasn't had a new volume model in seven years. Its overall sales fell last year even as the new-car market surged. Now, apparently, it's slated to get two new models--a subcompact hatchback based on the next-generation Mazda 2, and an additional compact model--within the next year or two. Scion's most recent new vehicle was the FR-S sport coupe, jointly developed with Subaru and launched as a 2013 model. Before that came the tiny iQ "3+1" minicar, for the 2011 model year, and a 2011 update of its own tC...
2013 Toyota Matrix: Last Model Year In U.S. For Compact Hatchback
The Toyota Matrix will pass silently into the ether next year, just as the new Corolla hatchback takes its place in 2014. That will neither come as a shock nor much of a disappointment for many, as the compact's sales have slid downwards ever since 2009--now accounting for only 0.2 percent of...Antony Ingram
2013 Toyota Matrix Compact Hatchback To Be Last Of The Line?
The 2013 Toyota Matrix five-door compact hatchback has always been the Toyota that gets ignored. Now comes word that it may, in fact, leave the market altogether when the current Corolla on which it's based is redesigned for 2014. From assumptions that it had gone out of production in 2009--it...John Voelcker
2012 Toyota Matrix: Small Car, Low Gas Mileage Too?
Sometimes you have to ask, What were they thinking? A recent article on five small cars with the worst gas mileage named four for which gas mileage may not even cross the minds of their buyers. But it did remind us that the 2012 Toyota Matrix has pretty low fuel economy for a compact hatchback. In...John Voelcker
2010 Toyota Matrix: Reports of Its Death Are Much Exaggerated
While Mark Twain apparently didn't say, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated," the statement has passed into legend. Twain's quote applies neatly to the 2010 Toyota Matrix hatchback, which has not--despite our erroneous reporting, here and here--been killed off. It remains in production...John Voelcker
August U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales Hit Highest MPG Since $4 Gasoline
Thanks to the strong financial incentives offered by the Cash-For-Clunkers program, the average gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. during August reached a record high: 23 miles per gallon, up 8 percent from the 21.2 mpg in August 2008. The calculations were done by the trade journal...John Voelcker
As the world's battered automakers gear up for the 2010 model year, we say goodbye to a few outgoing models. Among them are the last Pontiacs, a brand General Motors will dispense with after 2010. The sole car offered to the public for the new model year will be the 2010 Pontiac Vibe, a five-door hatchback built on the underpinnings of a 2010 Toyota Matrix at the California assembly plant shared by GM and Toyota for 20 years. The 2010 Vibe is one of the few compelling recent Pontiac products, and the only one we'd consider green that also did well in our full review. Renewed for 2009, it...