2011 Toyota
Corolla S
vs. 2011 Toyota
Matrix S

2011 Toyota Matrix S

10.0

starting from

$21,515

Reasons to buy the Toyota Matrix S

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Ample cargo space
61.5 ft3
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OK brakes
Disc
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OK braking distance from 60mph
132 ft
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Average 0-60 time
8.3 seconds
2011 Toyota Corolla S

9.9

starting from

$18,530

Reasons to buy the Toyota Corolla S

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Cruise control
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average range in the city
370 miles
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Good highway fuel efficiency
35 mpg
Practicality 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Matrix S Winner: Matrix S
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  • Room for 5x more stuff, 61.5 ft3 vs 12.3 ft3
  • Almost the same, 52.0 ft3 vs 51.3 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Corolla S Winner: Corolla S
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  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $2,985 cheaper (more than 10% less), $18,530 vs $21,515
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Corolla S Winner: Corolla S
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  • Almost the same, 35.4 ft vs 36.0 ft
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Road Tests 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have a very low top speed
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 9.9 vs 10.0

Practicality

Toyota
Corolla S
2011 Toyota Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix S Toyota
Matrix S
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 462 miles vs 383 miles The Corolla S has OK highway range, but the Matrix S is very limited
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Cargo space 12.3 ft3 vs 61.5 ft3 The Matrix S has lots of cargo room, and the Corolla S is OK, too
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs 52.0 ft3 The Matrix S has average-sized front seats, while the Corolla S is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have an absurd number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Toyota
Corolla S
2011 Toyota Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix S Toyota
Matrix S
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MSRP $18,530 vs $21,515 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 21 mpg The Corolla S has great city mileage and the Matrix S is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Performance

Toyota
Corolla S
2011 Toyota Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix S Toyota
Matrix S
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Horsepower 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 158 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Matrix S's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.0 lb/hp vs 19.9 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 36.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Toyota
Corolla S
2011 Toyota Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix S Toyota
Matrix S
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The Matrix S has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Entertainment System

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Corolla S
2011 Toyota Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix S Toyota
Matrix S
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

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Corolla S
2011 Toyota Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix S Toyota
Matrix S
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

Toyota
Corolla S
2011 Toyota Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix S Toyota
Matrix S
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 8.3 seconds The Matrix S's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Corolla S is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 132 ft The Matrix S's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Corolla S is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.8 s s @ 83.0 mph mph vs 16.5 s s @ 86.0 mph mph The Matrix S's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Corolla S's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.8 g The Corolla S has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Matrix S
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Top speed 115 mph vs 115 mph Both have a very low top speed

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Corolla S
2011 Toyota Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix S Toyota
Matrix S
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Honda Fit Sport Matrix vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota Yaris Matrix vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Nissan Versa SL Matrix vs Versa SL
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Matrix vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Matrix vs Camry XLE

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