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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 2013 Toyota Matrix is priced—and equipped—a bit higher than the Corolla, but standard equipment is higher too, with this stylish hatchback aiming to offer just a little bit more than basic transportation. And as such, its standard feature set is good, but what's missing is much excitement on the options list.
Power windows and mirrors, air conditioning, and cruise control are all standard on the base Matrix, while the S model adds fog lamps, keyless entry, and an upgraded sound system. On the Matrix S model, a Sport Package is available, and it adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and body skirting.
For 2013, Toyota has introduced new audio systems, including a six-speaker system with satellite radio, iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming included on the base model. Upscale S models include a system with a 6.1-inch touch screen.
There are very few options available on the Matrix, other than remote engine start, a sport package, and a few appearance extras.
Toyota adds Bluetooth connectivity to the Matrix for 2013; otherwise its standard-feature set is good but there aren't a lot of options.