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4 Dr STD AWD Wagon
Avg. Price: $7,295
4 Dr STD Wagon
10 national listings
Avg. Price: $6,829
4 Dr XR AWD Wagon
Avg. Price: $7,587
4 Dr XR Wagon
Avg. Price: $7,273
4 Dr XRS Wagon
Avg. Price: $6,757

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Average User Score

4.55 stars

Based on 28 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

Overall User Score

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Based on 28 reviews

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

Christine Westcott

2003 Toyota Matrix Revving

I have a 2003 toyota matrix that once you hit 45 - 50 begins to rev up over 4. What could this mean?

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Why Do My Lights Turn On When It Gets Cold Outside?

When the temperature gets below 20 degrees at night, my headlights turn on which in turn drains my battery all night. I have tried attaching a battery charger, but when it gets down below 10 degrees...

134 views with 4 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

Where Is The Switch Located?

The lights come on when it gets cold on 2003 Toyota Matrix.

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Alan Crab

Where Is The Fuse Box Located On Toyota Matrix Xr 2003

42 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)

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...

114 views with 2 answers (last answer 4 months ago)