While the sporty and versatile compact Matrix wagon shares platforms, powertrains, and components with the Pontiac Vibe, it includes its own distinctive exterior and interior styling treatments. Available in either front- or all-wheel drive, the Matrix's comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower in the base model and 123 horses in XR trim, and can be fitted to either a five-speed manual (with front-drive models) or a four-speed automatic transmission. The top XRS model comes with a more-satisfying 173-horsepower version of the 1.8-liter engine and offers a six-speed manual transmission. Split-folding rear seats with ample tie-down locations and assorted storage areas and bins add to the Matrix's inherent utility. Standard features include anti-lock brakes with brakeforce distribution, air conditioning, and a CD stereo; a satellite navigation system is among the vehicle's many options. Few alterations are expected for 2005.
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