Auto Review: 2010 Toyota Matrix XRS

The 2010 Toyota Matrix XRS comes in two available trims: 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. Both trims feature a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with dual VVT-i and cranking up to 132 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 pound feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

2010 Toyota Matrix XRS

Both vehicles also feature ultra low emissions technology and a front wheel drive drivetrain.

For drivers concerned about maneuverability, you’ll get the independent MacPherson strut on the front suspension and independent double-wishbone on the rear. Both suspensions also come with a stabilizer bar and for added measure you get a sport strut tower brace. On the steering column you get power-assist rack and pinion with electronic power assist, what Toyota calls Electric Power Steering.

Both the manual transmission drivetrain and the automatic earn 21 miles to the gallon in city driving, but the manual transmission, at 28 mpg on the highway, produces one less than the automatic. Still, either is respectable fuel economy.

Curb weight is another noted difference. The manual XRS meets 3,140 pounds at the curb while the automatic trim achieves 3,220.

Both trims seat 5 passengers with plenty of head and leg room.

The body style is aerodynamic and features a hatch-mounted roof end spoiler. The wheels are 18-inch alloy. An optional moonroof with sunshade is also available.

If you’re looking for an affordable vehicle, the 2010 Toyota Matrix XRS is a great way to go. Starting MSRP is less than $20,000, which is almost unheard of these days. In fact, it’s about $3,300 less.

This is a practical vehicle that will prove to be comfortable for any average-sized family.