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Average User Score
4.5 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 28 reviews
2003 Toyota Matrix Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 28 reviews
Toyota Matrix was introduced in 2003. Based on the Corolla platform, the Matrix filled the hole left behind by the Corolla wagon, which was discontinued in 1997. The Matrix looks like a cross between a hatchback, a station wagon, and an SUV. The interior is spacious, with an ergonomic, well-designed dash typical of Toyotas.
The 2003 Toyota Matrix is available in three trim levels: the standard, the XR, and the XRS. The standard and the XR share the same engine with the Corolla, a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder with 130 horses. All-wheel drive knocks the horsepower down to 123, while the XRS gets 180 horses. Upgrading to the XR gets power windows, mirrors, and locks; a remote key fob; and a rear wiper, while the top-of-the-line XRS comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, anti-lock breaks, and a six-speed manual transmission. The XRS is available only in front-wheel drive. Fuel economy is about 29-34 miles per gallon.
Some drivers like the distinctive look of the 2003 Matrix, while others think it is too trendy or weird. Drivers like the roomy interior, including a generous amount of cargo space, and the fuel efficiency. Some drivers find the red-backlit gauges to be difficult to read in the daylight, and others find the car does not have enough power (with the exception of the XRS.)
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Toyota Matrix Questions
Why Is My Car Grinding While I Drive?
My car sounds like I have metal to metal contact. It sounds a lot like braking with worn out brake pads. I get this grinding noise when the car is in motion. The noise starts at first when I brake b...
Where Is The Sunroof Motor Located In A 2003 Toyota Matrix?
it just opens and closes, does not tilt?
Is My Wiper Arm Broken?
One of my windshield wiper arms does not always stat and stop in the same place. If it gets off track, it will sometimes extend past the windshield or it will go to far into the hood. What is broken...
Any Recalls On The 2003?
Bought it Canada, and while loading the car up, I had the door open for a couple hours while loading. Wouldn't start...walmart tested batt...bought a new one. The other day, a friend was cleaning the ...
Why Does It Feel Like My Car Is Grinding When My Car Slows Down?
My car feel like it is grinding when I slow down and then while it runs at slow speeds. I do not hear a grinding noise, I feel it in the pedals and in the cabin. My first thought was the brakes pads...