2011 Toyota
Matrix
vs. 2011 Toyota
Yaris

2011 Toyota Matrix

9.2

starting from

$19,605

Reasons to buy the Toyota Matrix

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Ample cargo space
61.5 ft3
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OK brakes
Disc
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Has auxiliary audio input
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CD player
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2011 Toyota Yaris

8.9

Runner-up

Toyota Yaris

starting from

$13,915

Reasons to buy the Toyota Yaris

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Power windows
Optional
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Power locks
Optional
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Keyless entry
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Tighter turning radius
30.8 ft
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Yaris Winner: Yaris
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  • You can pay to get keyless entry on the Yaris ; not available on the Matrix
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 6.0
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • Rock on in the Matrix ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Yaris
  • The Matrix 's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The Matrix 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • Room for more than 6.5x more stuff, 61.5 ft3 vs 9.3 ft3
  • The Matrix has 5 more cupholders, 8 vs 3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 52.0 ft3 vs 47.2 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • Disc brakes on the Matrix can provide better stopping action
  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Matrix ; optional upgrade on the Yaris
Performance 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Yaris Winner: Yaris
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  • The Yaris needs more than 10% less space to turn, 30.8 ft vs 36.0 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a very low top speed
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.2 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

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Matrix
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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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 Not Available vs Optional Neither has a keyless entry option
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Entertainment System

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Matrix
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Number of speakers 4 vs 4 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Matrix 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Yaris does not
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the Matrix ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Yaris
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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 No The Matrix can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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

Practicality

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Matrix
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 400 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 61.5 ft3 vs 9.3 ft3 The Matrix has lots of cargo room, but the Yaris has very little
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front seats 52.0 ft3 vs 47.2 ft3 The Matrix has average-sized front seats, while the Yaris 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 3 The Matrix has an absurd number of cupholders, 2 extra in front and 3 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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Matrix
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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 Drum The Matrix has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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 Yaris
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Matrix
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Yaris
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Horsepower 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 106 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 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 21.8 lb/hp Both Matrix and Yaris 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 36.0 ft vs 30.8 ft The Yaris can make tight turns, and the Matrix is comparable to most other vehicles

Cost

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Matrix
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Yaris
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MSRP $19,605 vs $13,915 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 29 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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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

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Matrix
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Yaris
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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 Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Matrix
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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0-60 mph 10.1 seconds vs 10.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 130 ft The Yaris 's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Matrix is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.7 s @ 79 mph vs 18.4 s @ 76 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed 115 mph vs 112 mph Both have a very low top speed

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2011 Toyota Yaris 2011 Toyota Corolla Yaris vs Corolla
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2011 Toyota Yaris 2011 Toyota Prius Two Yaris vs Prius Two
2011 Toyota Yaris 2011 Kia Rio Yaris vs Rio

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