2010 Toyota Matrix vs. Its Competition

2010 Toyota Matrix
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Through last year, there was a nearly identical Pontiac version of the Matrix, called the Vibe, but that model has been discontinued with the Pontiac brand.

The Scion xD, Toyota's own brand, is one of the top rivals to the Matrix.

It's based on the smaller Yaris hatchback but has a taller stance and a roomier interior than the Yaris.

The Honda Fit is a smaller vehicle, but its inherent roominess and trick Magic Seat arrangement kick it into the same group; it's fun to drive, too.

Otherwise, most of the rivals to the Matrix are more carlike.

The Mazda3 hatchback is more enjoyable to drive, but it has a tight backseat and sacrifices some cargo space for its rakish roofline.

It's been redesigned this year with even slicker design details and improved refinement.

All-wheel drive is standard on the Subaru Impreza, though even in hatchback form, it doesn't feel quite as roomy as the Matrix, while the new Elantra Touring is a tall-wagon version of the Elantra sedan and worth considering for those who want to maximize interior space while still getting good fuel economy.

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Quick Specs
Not quite a utility vehicle, but a little more robust than a no-frills hatchback, the 2010 Toyota Matrix offers an appealing combination of frugality and versatility.
The 2008 Honda Fit is one of the smallest cars on the road, but it’s fun to drive, huge inside, and a tremendous value.
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
The comfortable 2008 Subaru Impreza has broader appeal than the former model, without losing its personality—and it’s the only small sedan model in its price range with standard all-wheel drive.
At a bargain price that’s not much more than stripper econoboxes, the 2008 Scion xD is a pretty hot little hatch.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class    
Small Station WagonSmall Station WagonCompactSub-CompactSubcompact
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (SE)5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*4-Door Manual i5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
5 Door Wagon5-Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Wagon
ManualManualManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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