For 2007, the Toyota Matrix’s major change is in its driveline: the all-wheel drive option is no longer available, and this “tall wagon” is front-wheel drive only. The top-line XRS has also been discontinued, with the Base and XR models upgradeable with three packages.

The Matrix is powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing, mated to a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic.

The Base model includes 16-inch steel wheels, CD player, 60/40 folding rear seat, tilt wheel, floor mats, cargo cover, manual remote mirrors, fixed intermittent wipers and rear intermittent wiper/washer.

The XR adds air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows, power locks with keyless entry, leather-wrapped wheel, cruise control, map lamps, illuminated entry, power mirrors and variable intermittent wipers.

The Base model can be optioned with two packages. The Base FWD package adds 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels with locks, air conditioning, power locks with keyless entry and illuminated entry, while the TRD Special Edition Package adds a long list of features, including unique 17-inch alloy wheels, red-painted brake calipers, air conditioning, power locks with keyless entry, coloured power mirrors, fog lamps, chrome door sill plates, skirts, TRD exhaust tip and Panasonic 200-watt CD/MP3 system with four speakers.

The XR can be optioned with the XR FWD package, which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, power sunroof, fog lamps and tire pressure monitoring system.

Based on the Toyota Corolla and built in Ontario, the Matrix is a sister car to the California-built Pontiac Vibe. It’s been around for a while, but it’s still a versatile little hauler, offering loads of storage space and a tall roofline that makes for exceptional headroom. Its hard plastic floor and clever moveable cleats add to its practicality. Shop it against other compact wagons, including the Ford Focus ZXW, Suzuki SX4, PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR.

For 2007, the Toyota Matrix’s major change is in its driveline: the all-wheel drive option is no longer available, and this “tall wagon” is front-wheel drive only. The top-line XRS has also been discontinued, with the Base and XR models upgradeable with three packages.

The Matrix is powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing, mated to a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic.

The Base model includes 16-inch steel wheels, CD player, 60/40 folding rear seat, tilt wheel, floor mats, cargo cover, manual remote mirrors, fixed intermittent wipers and rear intermittent wiper/washer.

The XR adds air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows, power locks with keyless entry, leather-wrapped wheel, cruise control, map lamps, illuminated entry, power mirrors and variable intermittent wipers.

The Base model can be optioned with two packages. The Base FWD package adds 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels with locks, air conditioning, power locks with keyless entry and illuminated entry, while the TRD Special Edition Package adds a long list of features, including unique 17-inch alloy wheels, red-painted brake calipers, air conditioning, power locks with keyless entry, coloured power mirrors, fog lamps, chrome door sill plates, skirts, TRD exhaust tip and Panasonic 200-watt CD/MP3 system with four speakers.

The XR can be optioned with the XR FWD package, which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, power sunroof, fog lamps and tire pressure monitoring system.

Based on the Toyota Corolla and built in Ontario, the Matrix is a sister car to the California-built Pontiac Vibe. It’s been around for a while, but it’s still a versatile little hauler, offering loads of storage space and a tall roofline that makes for exceptional headroom. Its hard plastic floor and clever moveable cleats add to its practicality. Shop it against other compact wagons, including the Ford Focus ZXW, Suzuki SX4, PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR.