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The 2011 Matrix continues to feature Toyota Star Safety System as standard
equipment, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control
(TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution
(EBD) and Brake Assist. It also includes standard Smart Stop Technology
The second-generation Matrix displays
sport-coupe-inspired styling cues while maintaining impressive interior utility.
The result is a sporty, dynamic shape that provides a quiet interior for five
people to ride in comfort.
The Matrix has rounded rear windows and
continuous character lines that run from the front grille to the A-pillar. The
Matrix S, which features all-new front and rear bumpers in 2011, integrates
front and rear underbody spoilers and a large mesh front fog lamp bezel.
In 2011, a new Spruce Mica color joins Matrix's color palate, which includes
Super White, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black Sand Mica,
Radiant Red, and Nautical Blue Metallic.
Cockpit styling in the Matrix is anchored by a driver-oriented instrument panel
and console controls. The Optitron instrument-panel gauges feature bright white
lighting and new silver ornamentation for 2011. A large round speedometer is
mounted in the center, with a tachometer to the left and red needles that now
feature a new white line, adding both style and are easy to view. A combination
gauge to the right of the speedometer houses a fuel level indicator, an engine
temperature indicator, and an LCD display that combines an outside temp
indicator and odometer/trip meter. The center console features new metal-plated
rings around the air conditioning vents, and the audio unit has a new flush
surface in 2011.
In 2011, Matrix will have new seat fabrics that exude a
sporty look. A choice between two interior color schemes includes dark charcoal
or a combination of dark charcoal and ash gray, and a three-spoke steering wheel
adds a sporty touch. Matrix S comes with a newly designed leather-trimmed
steering wheel that includes spoke-mounted audio controls and hands-free
The front center console features a movable and
removable cup support element. The cup holder area can be used as a tray when
the divider is removed, and all open trays have rubber mats. Multiple storage
spaces are located throughout the interior, including front and rear door
pockets that each holds a 20-ounce plastic bottle. Four side panel shopping bag
hooks and four D-rings in the floor provide luggage tie-down convenience. A
folding tonneau cover also comes standard.
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