2011 Toyota
Matrix
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic Si

2012 Honda Civic Si

9.6

starting from

$22,975
"A model of simplicity."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's stereo
"Slick shifter."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's transmission

Reasons to buy the Honda Civic Si

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Power windows
Standard
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Power locks
Standard
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Better suspension
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Keyless entry
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2011 Toyota Matrix

8.6

Runner-up

Toyota Matrix

starting from

$19,605

Reasons to buy the Toyota Matrix

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Ample cargo space
61.5 ft3
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Average-sized back seats
43.3 ft3
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Child door locks
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
  • The Civic Si has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 4
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si's power-to-weight ratio is more than 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.3 lb/hp vs 21.7 lb/hp
  • More than 50% more powerful, 201 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM
  • The Civic Si has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • Room for around 5.5x more stuff, 61.5 ft3 vs 11.7 ft3
  • The Matrix has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • Almost the same, 52.0 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
[details]
  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 22 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $3,370 cheaper (more than 10% less), $19,605 vs $22,975
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Overall 8.6 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Civic Si's standard 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 Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Civic Si; not available on the Matrix
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Entertainment System

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Number of speakers 4 vs 7 The Civic Si has an OK number of speakers, while the Matrix has very few
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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 Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Civic Si's 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 Yes The Civic Si has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Horsepower 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 201 HP @ 7,000 RPM The Civic Si is of average power, but the Matrix is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 21.7 lb/hp vs 14.3 lb/hp The Civic Si has OK performance while the Matrix gives sluggish performance
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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 36.0 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 409 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 61.5 ft3 vs 11.7 ft3 The Matrix has lots of cargo room, and the Civic Si is OK, too
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front seats 52.0 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The Matrix has average-sized front seats, while the Civic Si 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 4 The Matrix has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 2 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
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Civic Si
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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 Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Matrix ; optional upgrade on the Civic Si
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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MSRP $19,605 vs $22,975 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 22 mpg The Matrix has great city mileage and the Civic Si 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

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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0-60 mph 10.1 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.7 s @ 79 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Honda Fit Sport Matrix vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Matrix S 2011 Toyota Corolla S Matrix S vs Corolla S
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
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Honda Fit Civic DX vs Fit
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Honda CR-V Civic Si vs CR-V
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Civic Si vs Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 MINI Cooper Civic Si vs Cooper
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Honda CR-Z Civic Si vs CR-Z

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