2003 Toyota Matrix User Reviews

2003 Toyota Matrix Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 29 reviews

  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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"fuel economy" 19 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"ride" 9 reviews
"reliable car" 7 reviews
"space" 6 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"scratch" 2 reviews

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Sean writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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4

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Reliability, fold down passenger seat to fit long stuff,

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Not a performance vehicle, doesn't feel very "solid"

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Good Car, Lasted Me A Long Time 325k Mi, When Sold. — Fun little car. Utility and Toyota reliability. Parts were cheap. Easier to work on if you have small hands. Didn't have much for guts. Fit a nice JL sub with pioneer OEL head unit. Pretty nice acoustics without sound dampening. For utility and economy it was a great car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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nizzyo writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

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EXTREMELY reliable.
great on gas.
surprisingly great handling on ice and snow.

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nothing i can think of.

nizzyo
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Mines Got 300,000 Kms On It!!!!!! — 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 speeding tickets now with my so called (family wagon) ive owned it since 2003 i am the only owner. the milage is at a mouth dropping 300,000km. amazingly i havent replaced much, nothing powertrain wise for sure. i just give it a oil change once in a while, tune it up, slap on some new brakes tires and windshield wipers and im ready to ride! for sure i would recommend this car to anyone and everyone. the other day i raced a nissan gtr r34 fully tuned and i was at most a cars length behind him. i use this car to drive to work and to go on trips with the family or just go out in the city, and at 300,000kms it still hasnt failed me.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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squarenuts writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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4

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Lots of MPG for a car of this size

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Not a lot of options in the early years

squarenuts
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Will Keep Until The Wheels Fall Off — Love this car, just wish it was not so loud in the car. With the back seats folded down there is lots of room to move just about anything. Plenty of room for the two dogs we have. Great MPS.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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unrrugbychic writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XRS Wagon Review
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5

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Low maintenance, reliable

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Easy to scratch amd ding

unrrugbychic
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Fun, Family Friendly, Sporty — Clutch and tires wear a little fast, 28mpg, have had pulley/belt noise from day 1. It's quick, hardy, mechanically wonderful, has never left me stranded. Little plastic things have broken all over inside the car. Ground effex are thrashed from clearance issues. Interior is big enough to move anything and put in lots of extras. I love this car! It hugs the road and the handling is responsive. Glad I bought the XRS. I appreciate that while it lacks a little power, there are many things I can do to this car to make it faster.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lydia writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

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Gas mileage, space, handling

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Not much

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My Favorite Car I've Had- Enter The Matrix!!! — It is roomy enough for camping gear , music equipment or a massage table. The gas mileage is excellent. It is a well built and comfortable car. It handles easily. I just pay for routine maintenance- only problem I've had is with the CD player giving out. I really like this car.

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Martin writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XRS Wagon Review
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Quality, Ergonomy, Look.

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Nothing really.

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My Matrix — Altho the XRS is equipped with the same engine as a Lotus Exige, the weight of the Matrix cuts down the performances. If Toyota really wanted to make a sport version of this car, they should have kept the 4 wheels drive avaiable with the 180 hp engine / 6 speeds transmission. And still, the Rav-4 sport is now equipped with a 269 hp V6 engine. Add that in a Matrix and we would be talking about performances. Impreza and the likes would be put to shame. Still, this car is among the best value/quality car one can buy.

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Nick writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XR Wagon Review
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everything

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nothing

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My Matrix — car has a lot of power for not being the AWD model.good on gas mileage can do a lot of modifications to the car interior and exterior. has never had any repairs solid built car. handles like no tomorrow will take corners on a dime. overall it is a great car

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Jd writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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fold down flat rear seats with plastic backs, great gas mileage, low maintenance.

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a little uncomfortable seats for long trip.

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Very Useful Car — great gas mileage, very user friendly, lots of room, good performance, very reliable, good looking.

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Jack writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD AWD Wagon Review
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handling, awd, head room, leg room, hidden compartments, safe, low mpg, good factory
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Acceleration

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Sporty — Great buy , cheap on gas, zips anywhere, can go anywhere all the big SUVs go!

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Billw1965 writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XR Wagon Review
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5

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Great mileage and versatility

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No complaints

Billw1965
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Excellent Commuter — Drives great and excellent designed interior. Fuel efficiency is a huge bonus with the manual transmission. Great handling and power for a 4 cylinder. Negative ground effects in front and rear gives poor clearance. I simply choose to take them off. All in all excellent vehicle!

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