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FEATURES | 6 out of 10
It did not have Bluetooth. It did not have cruise control. It did not have a USB port. It did not have satellite radio. But there was a handy 115-volt power outlet in the dashboard. You don’t see that every day.
The Matrix is priced above the Corolla, but it isn't trying to be completely basic transportation in the same way.
The base model comes with power windows and mirrors, air conditioning, and cruise control, while the S model adds fog lamps, keyless entry, and an upgraded sound system. A Sport Package is available on the S, and it includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and body skirting.
Many shoppers will be disappointed to find out that a Bluetooth hands-free interface is only offered in the S model; step up to the Premium Package on S models and you get Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB input, and full iPod connectivity with a sound-system upgrade. A 115-volt power outlet is also included.
The 2012 Toyota Matrix is equipped reasonably well, but it's a big disappointment that Bluetooth isn't more widely available.