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Toyota Matrix

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Overview of the Toyota Matrix

Learn about the Toyota Matrix

Summary

The Toyota Matrix is perfect for small families and drivers who want something spacious and sporty. Though production stopped in 2014, these cars are known for their reliability. As a result, you can trust your Toyota Matrix to run trouble-free for years to come. It also has excellent fuel economy which makes it an ideal car for budget-conscious consumers. With a powerful 1.8 L four-cylinder engine, the sporty car is as much fun to drive as it is practical to own. A ton of standard features and three available tier packages work together to truly customize your driving experience.

Safety

There are numerous safety features that come standard with every Toyota Matrix from 2011, including:

  • Side torso and side curtain airbags 
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) to keep your car from skidding
  • Electronic brake-force distribution, improving stopping power and speed without risking the loss of vehicle control

Reinforced head rests in all five seats are available from models 2014, reducing the risk of whiplash or injury to the head or neck in a collision. Models produced after 2010 also include vehicle stability and traction control as standard features. When activated, they work together to prevent skidding and help drivers maintain steering control. Available 4x4 all-wheel drive also ensures you and your family stay safe, even in harsh road conditions like snow and sleet. 

Interior

While some drivers find the car’s exterior design to be too modest, others are willing to overlook it in favour of the many interior features, which include:

  • Power windows
  • Power locks
  • 115 V power outlet
  • Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Keyless entry

A power moonroof and automatic climate control are options available in later models, making the car even more enjoyable to cruise in. 

Technology

The Toyota Matrix has several useful technological features, though the specific options depend on the trim level selected. A screen-based navigation system was introduced in 2009. Later model years expanded this screen into a sophisticated infotainment system, with Bluetooth connectivity, a USB audio input, satellite radio connectivity and a six-speaker audio system. 

Space

Known for its spacious interior, the Toyota Matrix offers a lot more cargo and passenger room than other cars in its class. There is more than enough space for five adults and their gear. A high roof offers a lot of headroom while also making it easier for tall individuals to enter and exit the vehicle. Folding rear seats increase your cargo space, while a folding front seat lets you cart long items, like lumber, with ease—even if you're driving a model as old as 2009.

Comfort

While some drivers complain about road noise in the cabin, others praise the Toyota Matrix for offering a comfortable ride. In 2009, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel column was introduced, helping drivers of any height reach the best ergonomic driving position. This makes long drives and road trips easier on the arms and shoulders. 


All models handle well in rough weather conditions, though the ride can be a bit bumpy if driven at high speeds on uneven roads. Supportive seats made from soft materials help to offset any jostling that drivers and passengers feel. 

Pros and cons of the Toyota Matrix

  • All-wheel drive available
  • Roomy cabin with lots of cargo space
  • Reliable performance
  • Ceased production in 2014
  • Modest exterior design
  • Noticeable road noise
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Toyota Matrix

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic or Manual
  • City consumption7.7 - 10.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6.1 - 7.7 L/100km
  • Width1765 mm
  • Length4365 - 4395 mm
  • Trunk space561 L
  • Cargo space1398 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Toyota Matrix

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Toyota Matrix 2009 - 2014 is available in 5 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD player
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • MP3-CD player
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Basic trim:
1.8 L - Gas - 132 hp
City consumption:7.7 - 8.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.1 - 6.4 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:677 - 716 km

Base trim features and specs

Available with the Base trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Base trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
Available with the Base trim:
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Stability control (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
Available with the Base trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD player
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Power door locks (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • MP3-CD player
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Base trim:
1.8 L - Gas - 132 hp
City consumption:7.8 - 8.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:690 - 706 km

XR trim features and specs

Available with the XR trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the XR trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Steel wheels
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
Available with the XR trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Stability control (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
Available with the XR trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Cruise control
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
Available across all trims:
  • MP3-CD player
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the XR trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 158 hp
City consumption:9.6 - 9.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 - 7.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:588 - 595 km

XRS trim features and specs

Available with the XRS trim:
  • Electric windows
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the XRS trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
Available with the XRS trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
Available with the XRS trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • MP3-CD player
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the XRS trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 158 hp
City consumption:9.5 - 9.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 - 7.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:585 - 595 km

AWD trim features and specs

Available with the AWD trim:
  • Electric windows
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the AWD trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
  • Steel wheels
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
Available with the AWD trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Stability control (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
Available with the AWD trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • MP3-CD player
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the AWD trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 158 hp
City consumption:10.2 - 10.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:548 - 551 km

Frequently asked questions about the Toyota Matrix

All-wheel drive is an available option, while front-wheel drive is standard on the Base and XM trim levels on all model years.

The Toyota Matrix was introduced to the market in 2003 and was discontinued in 2014 due to poor sales compared to other vehicles in the Toyota lineup.

The Toyota Matrix is considered a compact crossover, meaning that the vehicle has SUV features but is built using the same platform as a car.

Production on the Toyota Matrix stopped in 2014, with 2013 as the last model year available in the US and 2014 as the last model year sold in Canada.

Costs vary depending on the model year, trim level, available features and overall condition. Generally speaking, buyers can expect to pay between $3,000 and $17,000.