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4 Dr STD AWD Wagon
1 national listing
Avg. Price: $5,421
4 Dr STD Wagon
Avg. Price: $6,034
4 Dr XR AWD Wagon
Avg. Price: $6,798
4 Dr XR Wagon
Avg. Price: $5,363
4 Dr XRS Wagon
Avg. Price: $6,342

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4.65 stars

Based on 29 reviews

Great Fuel Economy, Fun To Drive, Very Reliable by Adam
 — Awesome vehicle, 180hp 2ZZ-GE with Yamaha designed heads, 6speed, 40+mpg, Toyota quality. Same drivetrain as on the Celica GT-S. Although the gears are taller due to the larger diameter wheels/tires. ... Read More
Mines Got 300,000 Kms On It!!!!!! by nizzyo
 — i bought my 2003 toyota matrix off the showroom floor. its great. maintaning the car is too easy. the performance is soo good sometimes i think ive got corvette zr1 engine in it. ive got probably 5 sp... Read More
2003 Toyota Matrix Xr Awd Review by Martin
 — Loved this car. A little bit on the slow side due to the weight from the All wheel drive system, an automatic gearbox, and lack of power. Was alot bigger inside that it seemed like from the outside. ... Read More

2003 Toyota Matrix Overview

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2003 Toyota Matrix

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


Water Leaks

The floor on the right hand side of the car is always soaking wet. could the sunroof have a leak and water gets in when it rains?

690 views with 4 answers (last answer 2 years ago)

Where Are The Spark Plugs Located? Under The Plastic Cover?

1,525 views with 2 answers (last answer 8 years ago)

Where Can I Download The User's Manual?

2,723 views with 4 answers (last answer 8 years ago)

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 ...

440 views with 5 answers (last answer 2 years ago)

Changing Instument Cluster On 2003 Toyoyta Matrix

When you change the instrument cluster Does it need to be reprogrammed or is the info in the engine?

46 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)