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

Pros

Great mileage and versatility

Cons

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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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.

Cons

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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Matrix1 writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XR Wagon Review
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5

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Great MPG, spacious for a compact car, great acceleration for this engine.

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2 WD (FWD)

Matrix1
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Great Economy Cross-over — This Toyota is great for the price, lots of room, and fantastic gas mileage! It's comfortable on long trips too. It's great for someone who wants the extra room but doesn't necessarily need 4WD. Although for being a 2WD (FWD) vehicle, the Toyota Matrix XR has great power, even on off roads.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Linda writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XR Wagon Review
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4

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Handles great. Has the speed I need. CD changer for my love of music. Comportable driver seat. Back seat has enough room for three with leg room.

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I need more room for my growing family.

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I Love This Car!! Great Driving Experience. Has New Tires! — Great gas mileage! Awesome acceleration with the best brakes (of course). The car really gives you the speed you need with the security of a family car. I love the handling on this car and the look of it is not so bad.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sean writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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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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squarenuts writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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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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Michael writes:
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The fuel economy was excellent - 8.0l / 100km

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Emissions issues  - oxygen sensors and catalytic converters failed

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I Would Buy Another Matrix As My Next Car — I liked most everything about the Matrix. Loads of room and fun to drive. Maintenance was minimal for the miles I put on this car and it never had any rattles!. I sold it to the wreckers after 7 years for $500 with 982,500km.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Francis writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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Good car for pets, gears, and roadtrips

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None

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One Of My Favorite Cars. — Pros: Good for roadtrips The fold down seats that converts to a flatbead Utilitarian vehicle Good for carrying fishing gear Never had a problem with this car Numerous aftermarket parts from namebrand vendors Looks more aggressive than the newer models Looks like a sporty wagon but drives like a sedan Drive well on snow Many storage compartments Rear window wipers Rear trunk door (both door and glass can open) Good gas mileage Good acceleration A fast car Cons: None

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Joey writes:
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Good gas milage and its a good looking car.

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Safety= b/c its light.

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I Don't Have A Bottom Line. — Performance wize: the car doesn't perform like a bmw, but for a car that gets great gas millage i love it. I wish i got the 4wd version with the XRS engine and a manual tranny. Build Quality: the quality of the build is pretty good there were some rattles that i had in my car before i installed a 1,500 dollar sound system, but now it rattles a lot more =) because of the bass. Appearance: the appearance of the car is fantastic i love the oem body kit i have on it, but i wish my matrix came with the bigger rims. Cost of Ownership: the cost of maintenance and gas are very cheap and its pretty easy to maintain this car. Fun Factor: the fun factor of my matrix isn't that fun because its FWD and Automatic, but I can still pull of some drifts with it. Overall I think the car is worth it. =)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dallin writes:
2003 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XR AWD Wagon Review
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all wheel drive for the snow and roomy

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on hills kinda doesn't have power

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All Together Awesome Car — acceleration is good braking is awesome and handles like a dream looks awesome and gets farily decent mileage per gallon for being all wheel drive gets about 25 mpg for the city and about 28-30 on the highway. bye

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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