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2011 Toyota Matrix

February 8th, 2011 No comments

Making its debut at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show with new changes for MY 2011, the sporty five-door Toyota Matrix deftly combines a fun-to-drive spirit with the utility of a small SUV and excellent fuel economy. In 2011, the Toyota Matrix will
feature new standard wheels, interior design features, the Toyota Care complimentary maintenance plan, and standard Smart Stop Technology.

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 brake-override system.

Performance and Efficiency

The 2011 Toyota Matrix is available in two grades: base Matrix and the sporty S grade. Powertrain choices include 1.8- and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines, a five-speed manual transmission, and either four- or five-speed automatic transmissions. All-wheel drive (AWD) with active torque control is available in the Toyota Matrix S, teamed to the 2.4-liter engine.

The Matrix grade is equipped with a 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 132 hp at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to help optimize performance and economy. The 1.8-liter engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission (ECT).

The Toyota Matrix S features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 158 hp at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. A balance shaft suppresses vibration, and the exhaust system is engineered for reduced backpressure for improved performance.

The 2.4-liter engine channels its power through a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. The all-wheel-drive (AWD) Matrix S is equipped with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and the ECT 4-speed automatic transmission.

For a more engaging driving experience, the driver can shift the five-speed automatic manually by moving the shift lever to the left from its “D” position into the “S” position, then pushing forward for upshifts and back for downshifts.

Both automatics use a torque converter with flex lockup for increased fuel efficiency. Uphill/downhill shift control selects the proper gear for conditions and helps provide moderate engine braking during downhill driving.

The Toyota Matrix grade has earned an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway for the 1.8-liter with the five-speed manual transmission, and 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway for the 1.8-liter paired with the four-speed automatic transmission.

The Matrix S powered by the 2.4-liter engine with five-speed manual transmission achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. With the five speed automatic transmission, it earns 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The Toyota Matrix S AWD with the four-speed automatic achieves 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

Handling and Ride

The Matrix is built around a stiff, rigid body structure that relies on high tensile-strength steels, gussets and crossmembers for its strength, rigidity and light weight. The front suspension is composed of a compact, rigid L-arm-type independent MacPherson strut with a stabilizer bar. The Toyota Matrix features a double-wishbone rear suspension with a coil-over-shock arrangement, which allows efficient packaging along with excellent handling and ride comfort.

Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all Matrix models. The Matrix grade is equipped with 10.7-inch ventilated front discs and 10.1-inch solid discs in the rear. Toyota Matrix S features 11.6-inch ventilated front discs and 10.9-inch solid discs in the rear (11.0-inch for AWD).

The Matrix’s newly designed standard 16-inch steel wheels come with sporty six-spoke full wheel covers and P205/55R16 tires. Distinctive all-new 17-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels are available on Matrix S with 215/45R17 tires.

The available AWD system with active torque control on the Toyota Matrix S is front-wheel-drive-based and distributes torque to the rear wheels through an electromagnetic coupler when needed, such as when the front wheels slip, during heavy acceleration, or on a grade. This active torque control system detects available traction based on signals sent from the ABS sensors on each wheel to the ECU. Traction Control (TRAC) provides an extra measure of wheel slip control, on both front-wheel-drive and AWD models.

Safety and Security

In addition to the Star Safety System, Matrix has a comprehensive list of safety features. Featuring front and rear crumple zones, the Matrix is designed to efficiently absorb and disperse impact energy throughout the body structure. Deformation of the passenger cabin is well managed due to the impact-energy-distribution design and high-strength steel used in the body.

All Matrix models are equipped with six standard airbags, including advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and front-and-rear side-curtain airbags. Seatbelt pretensioners retract the seat belt at the time of a frontal collision, and the dual-stage force limiter helps limit the seat belt force applied to the passenger’s chest. Front seats integrate active headrests. If the vehicle is struck from the rear with sufficient force, a cable-actuated mechanism in the active front headrest moves the headrest upward and forward to help limit the movement of the occupant’s head. The Toyota Matrix also features an energy-absorbing steering column.

The standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system automatically adjusts engine output and braking force at individual wheels to help control any discrepancy between where the driver is steering and where the vehicle is heading.

Comfort and Convenience

The Matrix interior is designed for form, fun and functionality with a sporty, youthful look and flexible utility at the same time. The standard tilt-and-telescopic sport steering wheel enhances driving-position comfort for a wide range of driver physiques. Front-to-back couple distance yields more rear seat room, and the 60/40 split folding rear seat includes a center-position headrest.

Generous new standard equipment on the Matrix grade includes an all-weather package; power windows with driver’s side auto down and retained power features; power door locks;; cruise control; color-keyed power heated outside rearview mirrors; tilt and telescopic sport steering wheel; daytime running lights; heavy duty rear window defogger; AM/FM/CD audio with four speakers with MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio jack, and auto sound leveling (ASL); intermittent rear window wiper; 12-volt power outlet; front center-console box; and an engine immobilizer.

The Toyota Matrix S grade also adds a metallic interior trim; a 115-volt power outlet; integrated fog lamps; fold-flat front passenger seat; remote keyless entry; AM/FM/CD with MP3 capability and six speakers with MP3/WMA playback capability.

The Matrix is equipped with a high-efficiency air-conditioning system with large vents. Significantly, the system’s compressor electronically varies output capacity based on heat load and engine speed, rather than simply cycling the compressor on and off. This feature reduces noise and enhances interior comfort.

Optional Equipment

Available options on the Matrix grade include a base Sport package with front and rear underbody spoilers, integrated fog lamps, and a unique S badge.

The Toyota Matrix S offers an S Sport Package with 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear underbody spoilers, color keyed rear spoiler and a unique S badge. The Premium Package offers a power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade, AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, XM radio (includes 90-day trial subscription), auxiliary audio jack, USB poert with iPod connectivity, CD text display function, auto sound leveling and hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology.

Exterior Design

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 Toyota 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.

Interior Design

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, Toyota 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. Toyota Matrix S comes with a newly designed leather-trimmed steering wheel that includes spoke-mounted audio controls and hands-free Bluetooth capability.

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.

Limited Warranty

Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. Toyota dealers have complete details on the limited warranty.

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2010 Toyota Corolla AEM ETI Cold Air Intake Kit

January 25th, 2011 1 comment

Gone are the days of bolting on an intake system that just sits there and does nothing while the computer does all the work. AEM’s new 41-1403C Electronically Tuned Intake (ETi) system work’s with the Toyota Corolla’s computer to produce attention getting performance. With a majority of today’s air flow performance add-ons, the vehicle’s computer must adjust and compensate for the changes in air flow; however at times, the computer may be unable to completely adjust. With most modern vehicles, the mass air flow sensor reports the air flow properties to the computer, which in turn makes adjustments to the engine, transmission and fuel system to compensate and to keep things running smoothly.

To make sure the computer can compensate for these changes, the air flow must stay within a specific parameter. When the air flow goes outside this parameter, the computer can no longer adjust and in some cases a check engine light comes on. To combat this situation, many intake systems incorporate some sort of air flow modifier that either changes or restricts the air flow at or near the sensor to keep the air flow within the computer’s parameters.

Once again AEM is raising engineering standards with an all new series of innovative air intake systems. With its revolutionary ETI module and fully integrated design AEM has eliminated the need to restrict or stage an intake tube diameter as it crosses the MAF sensor.

AEM’s ETI intake system adjusts the sensor electronically to read proper air density instead of using physical tube designs intended to “trick” the MAF reading. This results in an efficient design with large horsepower and torque gains.

AEM decided to engineer an ETI cold air intake system for the 2010 Toyota Corolla with 1.8 liter engine because it is a great selling vehicle that could use some extra power and performance. Sure it is rated to get 34 miles to the gallon on the highway but it could use the extra boost an ETI air intake provides when passing and when the driver needs it.

Designed, tuned and dyno-tested specifically for 2010 Corolla models with a 1.8 liter engine, this easy to install intake comes with a lifetime limited warranty. AEM testing estimates a power gain of 6.9 HP @ 5700 RPM and a torque gain of 7.64 ft-lb tq @ 4400 RPM. See Dyno Chart for details. Actual results will vary depending on the condition of the vehicle, mileage, weather and other variables. Installation is relatively simple and is accomplished using basic tools.

Not only does the 41-1403C ETi intake system add quite a bit of horsepower at the wheels, it is also easy to install as seen in the iinstallation instruction sheet. The 41-1403C ETi air intake system has a durable gun metal gray powder coated finish and it comes with an AEM Dryflow air filter that is washable and reusable. AEM Dryflow air filters offer great filtration with little restriction and they don’t require oil. For wetter climates AEM also offers a water resistant filter wrap, part 1-4000, to help resist splashes of water.

Order here: 41-1403C

Product Specifications
Product Style: AEM Cold Air Intake System
Estimated Horsepower Gain: 6.9 HP @ 5700 RPM
Color: Gunmetal Gray
Replacement Filter: 21-202DK
Street Legal In All US States: No
TUV Approved (Europe): No
Weight: 7.6 lb (3.5 kg)
Product Box Length: 20.25 in (514 mm)
Product Box Width: 12.25 in (311 mm)
Product Box Height: 12.25 in (311 mm)

AEM Electronically Tuned Intake (ETI) Systems

The Next Generation of Intake Technology
Once again AEM is raising engineering standards with an all new series of innovative air intake systems. With a revolutionary ETI module and fully integrated design, we have eliminated the need to detune or stage an intake tube diameter as it crosses the MAF sensor. The sensor is electronically adjusted to read proper air density instead of using physical tube designs intended to “trick” the MAF reading. The result is bigger horsepower and torque gains.

Most modern fuel injected cars use a Mass Air flow (MAF) sensor to determine the air flow rate into the engine and meter fuel according to input from the sensor. The relation between the voltage output of the sensor and mass air flow is adversely affected by a shift to a larger diameter intake tube because the airspeed is reduced. This causes the MAF sensor to “under report” air flow causing a lean condition or triggering a Check Engine Light. To accommodate MAF sensor reporting, many intake systems reduce the diameter of the intake tube near the MAF sensor to stock or near stock size because of the need to maintain the correct air speed for the sensor to report the correct flow rate to the ECU.

AEM’s ETI Intake Systems use an alternative design approach that allows the intake tube to maintain its diameter, resulting in more air flow into the throttle body. The ETI Intake System allows AEM to tune an engine for even more power by avoiding any tube down-sizing that will reduce overall airflow and horsepower. Instead, the ETI electronically communicates with the MAF sensor to ensure an accurate amount of fuel is being delivered even though the tube is larger in size than the stock system. This means the vehicle maintains the calibration as intended by the factory while enjoying the benefits of our custom designed aftermarket intake system.

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2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser and 4Runner K&N Intake – 12 Horsepower Gain!

September 17th, 2010 1 comment

At first glance, the 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser bears a strong resemblance to its famous sibling, the FJ40 Land Cruiser. But underneath its skin, more than 40 years of off-road heritage combine with modern conveniences like satellite radio, a reverse/backup camera, and traction control to bring Toyota off-road enthusiasts a very capable machine. Power is generated by Toyota’s proven and reliable 4.0L V6 engine. However, the true performance potential of the 4.0 is held back, due to restriction in the stock air intake system.

Air intake system designers at K&N knew there was more performance potential hidden underneath the hood of the FJ. The 63-9034 intake system for the 2010 FJ Cruiser, helps uncover much of that hidden performance. The 63-9034 will also fit 2010 Toyota 4Runners with 4.0L V6 engines.

With the K&N 63-9034 restrictive air intake components are removed and replaced with K&N-designed components which have less restriction. The factory air filter and air box are replaced with a reusable K&N conical air filter (part number RF-1044XD), which has very low restriction and excellent filtration. K&N’s air intake tube is constructed of a roto-molded material that provides a smooth inside surface and eliminates even more of the restriction created by the factory intake. Air flow restriction keeps an engine from running at its peak efficiency and power output. How much power does restriction rob from a 2010 FJ? K&N testing shows about 12 horsepower and 13.91 lb.-ft. torque at 4600 RPM!

A powder-coated steel heat shield protects the air filter from engine heat, as well as the occasional splashes you might encounter while out on the trail. Detailed, photo-illustrated instructions make the 63-9034 easy to install, requiring only basic hand tools. You can even watch an installation video of this air intake on a 2010 FJ Cruiser. Installation of the K&N 63-9034 can be completed in 90 minutes or less, and is backed by K&N’s Million Mile Limited Warranty.

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Lower your 2011 Toyota Prius with Eibach Pro Kit Lowering Springs

September 14th, 2010 No comments

The Eibach PRO-KIT Lowering Spring is the perfect answer for most frequently-driven street cars. It’s our legendary spring system that dramatically improves both a vehicle’s performance and appearance.

PRO-KIT lowers your Prius’s center of gravity, reducing squat during acceleration, body roll in corners and excessive nose-dive under braking. When combined with Plus-1 or Plus-2 wheels and tires, the Eibach PRO-KIT is the finishing touch to a winning recipe for performance. PRO-KIT also reduces excessive fender-well clearance, making your car look just as hot as it performs.

Pro-Kit #82100.140

◦High Performance Handling and Aggressive Good Looks
◦Lower Center of Gravity — Lowers Prius 1.2″ Front and 0.8″ Rear
◦Stop Quicker, Corner Faster and get Better MPG
◦Excellent Ride Quality
◦Million Mile Warranty

Every Eibach PRO-KIT is designed and tested by our suspension engineers and performance driving professionals, to deliver aggressive good looks and high performance handling, without ever compromising safety or ride quality. By using our proprietary, progressive spring design, PRO-KIT provides the ultimate balance to take your passion for driving to a whole new level.

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