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2003 Toyota Matrix

2003 Toyota Matrix

Rating: 4/5 stars - 2003 Toyota Matrix  62 reviews
Toyota targets a younger audience with a new crossover wagon based on its redesigned 2003 Corolla subcompact sedan. Matrix shares engines... Read More
Toyota targets a younger audience with a new crossover wagon based on its redesigned 2003 Corolla subcompact sedan. Matrix shares engines and transmissions with Corolla and Toyotas Celica sporty coupe, but offers both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Pontiacs new Vibe shares the Matrix design and powertrains, but is built in California with different styling. Matrix offers Standard, XR, and XRS models, all with a separate-opening window in a swing-up tailgate. All have a 1.8-liter 4-cyl engine. AWD is optional on Standard and XR models, which have 130 hp with front-drive, 123 with AWD. The XRS is front drive only and has 180 hp. Standard and XR come with a 5-speed manual transmission, XRS with a 6-speed manual. Automatic transmission is optional with front drive and included with AWD. AWD versions retain the front-drive ride height and are not intended for off-road use. ABS is standard on XRS and AWD models, optional on other versions. The XRS also has rear disc brakes. Front side airbags are optional f Minimize
Product Review Summary
62 Reviews from Epinions.com
Overall Rating: Rating: 4.4/5 stars
Reliability: 5
Build Quality 4
Roominess: 5
Seat Comfort: 4
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By: MBoffin
Mar 10, 2002

It's hard not to like this car.

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Spacious, comfortable, good features, well made.

Cons: Goofy name, could use slightly more engine power, hatch doesn't always close on first try

Bottom Line:
This car is marketed to people like me, and they certainly got it right. It appeals in so many ways. The faults are minor enough they're almost not worth mentioning. Read More at Epinions.com


By: ahohl1
Nov 8, 2005

Still loving it after 2.5 years

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Reliable, utilitarian, great gas mileage, good design, easy-to-use features

Cons: Tiny engine (see "good gas mileage" above). Glove box too small. No place for purse.

Bottom Line:
After 4 years, I have no regrets. I loved it as a young couple with dogs, and I love it as a mom with two small children. Read More at Epinions.com


By: kataz
Feb 27, 2002

Toyota's Done it Again!

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: PRICE! Function and 180 available HP in the XRS MODEL!

Cons: Not many extra's yet available in Canada - MAJOR wait list!

Bottom Line:
Great Price, versatility and function. I highly recommend driving this vehicle if you are in the market for a smaller SUV, but get the XRS model for sure =) Read More at Epinions.com


By: coyoteman
Apr 9, 2002

Matrix fills the niche

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: With the XRS model, a real sports wagon. Great Styling. Quality and Utility.

Cons: Armrests, cupholders, colors,

Bottom Line:
If this vehicle fits in your niche, or if you are looking for a sports car, wagon, van, or SUV, test drive a Matrix XRS. Read More at Epinions.com


By: jnfryer
Sep 23, 2004

Fun and practical. Cargo, Cargo, Cargo.

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Cargo capacity, MPG, Low Insurance, Fun

Cons: Unattractive and hard to read dashboard

Bottom Line:
Thumbs up, great cargo, low cost, reliable. Same as Pontiac Vibe. Read More at Epinions.com


By: ahoupos
May 27, 2002

The Matrix is almost perfect...

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Spacious interior, sporty design, comfortable to drive/ride in

Cons: Engine power

Bottom Line:
The Matrix is a nice mix of alot of popular vehicle types. It's sporty, sexy, but best of all, practical, and that's ultimately what gets it my vote. Read More at Epinions.com


By: tangiap
Jul 24, 2003

crossover utility vehicle, or suped up station wagon?

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Toyota (reliable brand of cars) Stylish and modern looking Fast Acceleration Quick Braking

Cons: Gas mileage Low body

Bottom Line:
It's a great car. Runs good, great handling,and safe. And it's a Toyota, a great brand of car. It will give you many years of enjoyment. Read More at Epinions.com


By: rko99
Dec 4, 2002

Comfortable rear seats on Matrix

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Spacious, comfortable, good features, Excellent Commuting, well made.

Cons: somewhat strange looking but you like it after awhile

Bottom Line:
I would recommend this because of the roominess and the looks of the vehicle. Easy to drive and smooth on the road. The brake has a really good feeling. Read More at Epinions.com


By: ronweasleycas
Mar 6, 2002

Excellent Commuting and Toddler Vehicle

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Well designed interior with ultra low emissions and good mileage.

Cons: Trendy design will look dated quickly.

Bottom Line:
Though aimed at the youthful market, this vehicle is practical for other stages of life as well. Read More at Epinions.com


By: ronako
Jul 7, 2003

A complete review from experience

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Excellent Quality Construction Very stylish look Roomy Fun to drive

Cons: Odometer only visible to driver Engine may seem noisy to some people

Bottom Line:
I would definitely recommend the Toyota Matrix. The car has great utility, quality, and is fun to drive. This car is excellent for those who do frequent commuting or traveling. Read More at Epinions.com


By: jsquires
Jul 12, 2005

The most versatile vehicle ever?

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: - Versatile - 180hp engine - Good gas mileage - Reliable

Cons: - Cheap GM designed interior

Bottom Line:
If you are looking for a versatile and sporty ride then the Toyota Matrix XRS might be for you. Read More at Epinions.com


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