"Tuner" look or not, the Matrix is not an attractive vehicle.
C H O P — Autoblog.com published photos today of the newly updated Toyota Matrix that will be introduced at the Chicago Auto Show later this week. It's nothing more than new paint, new wheels and a slightly revised interior. The mechanical bits are not class-leading in any way either, with two different low-powered four-cylinder engines and 4- and 5-speed transmissions—shades of 1991, not 2011! Talk about lipstick on a pig, lol. Even a quick Photoshop makeover does this vehicle no favors. I've given it the "tuner" look, with a carbon fiber hood insert, roof panel and sideskirts. I enlarged the wheels, lowered the body on the suspension, and gave it a black laquer C panel to replicate a wraparound glass appearance. I extended the upper roof section a la GM's 1959-61 "Flying Wing" roof. And it still ain't too pretty.