2005 Toyota Matrix User Reviews

2005 Toyota Matrix Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 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: 4.4 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

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PROS
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"ride" 7 reviews
"big space" 5 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"stickshift" 2 reviews
"tires" 2 reviews

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Fue_1882 writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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5

Pros

Reliable car. Gas Saver

Cons

No power window and power lock.

Fue_1882
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Best Gas Saver Car!!! — I love that it only takes $30 or less to fill up the tank. $10 fill up can take me very far. A/C is always cold. Not much maintenance to worry about. Oil change don't have to be changed until every 5000 miles.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ruthie writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XRS Wagon Review
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AWD, cargo space, performance, cost of ownership, cool-looking, and FUN

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Can slip in ice and snow with no snow tires, but still good for winter. Would love better pick-up.

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My Mighty Matrix — 1. I can carry just about anything in the trunk. The read seats and the front passenger side seat all fold forward. I fit a 9ft rug in there, and countless pieces of furniture. 2. I get about 24 MPG with my use of cruise control and my safe driving. 3. The all-wheel drive is a MUST for New England winters. I can get through any snow conditions. 4. This car is SOLID, and it looks great, too. 5. Maintenance very reasonable, and repairs are practically non-existent in the 4 years I've had my Matrix. 6. It doesn't have good pick-up, but it handles really well and is FUN to drive.

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bmakick writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD AWD Wagon Review
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This car has great pick up, it's 4 wheel drive, and it's a Toyota (cheap to fix, great dependability, and it will last forever). It has a lot of room with the hatchback, and it has good gas mileage.

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Loud motor, which is typical with the Matrix.

bmakick
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Great Family Car Or For Someone Who Likes To Have A Lot Of Room. — The Toyota Matrix has some good pick up, and offers a lot of room and good gas mileage at a great price. Toyota'a are built to last, and this car will definitely be going years down the road. Very nice.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Liz writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XR Wagon Review
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4

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the luggage space

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poor acceloration

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My Toyota 2005-2010 — I loved this car and had it from new in 2005 until 2010 when I traded it in. Great economical car with plenty of room inside for everything from groceries to bikes and dogs! Very fuel economic and I liked it as it looked different to anything else on the road.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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crazycanuckfore writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XRS Wagon Review
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Its alright

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no power in Mountains

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Dependable — Dependable, standard not my favorite clutch work in traffic is annoying. Drove it to Phoenix from central canada and it was more comfortable than I thought it would have been. It did struggle in the mountains a 6 speed would get better gas mileage in my opinion. Good little car though all in all.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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James writes:
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Drives miles ahead of its looks.

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Gas grade and insurance.

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I Freaking Love It! — Performance: In terms of horsepower it has plenty. BUT in terms of torque.. it is severely lacking but has enough to get by. Braking is phenomenal. One of the best stopping powered cars i know. Handling is fantastic for a front heavy front wheel drive sports wagon. It doesn't chirp the tires or run wide. Just grip till you have pushed too far. Build Quality: Repairs other than normal maintenance all is cheap ..... But the interior rattles during the winter. Appearance: i love the look of this car but the 03 front bumper design was far better than the later models. Cost of ownership: For being a "sports wagon" it gets pretty decent mileage. i have gotten 41mpg on the highway. and average about 30mpg in the city. but that takes a lot of carefully driving. And the sad thing about this car is that it requires at least 91 octane. Fun? Yes this a very fun car to drive. Even your friends can come along.

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

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John writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XR Wagon Review
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gas mileage, handling, appearance

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some body parts (ground effects) poorly designed

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2005 Toyota Matrix — looking for a Matrix? Get the 2008 leftovers before they're gone. sporty looking, peppy engine, great fuel economy modern, tons of standard features. nice accelleration, easy to maintain, no surprises when in the shop took car half way across country, great MPG, comfortable ride, can take aggressive maneuvers without complaining.

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Heather writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr XRS Wagon Review
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I think it's a cute car.  It's a good size for me & my kid.  I like that the rear and front passenger seats all fold down in case I have something big to haul.  It was very helpful when I moved.

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I think the only thing I don't really like is the road noise.

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Kinda Like Mine...only Mine Has Pretty Dark Tinted Windows. — I like this car. It's a step down from what I had before it, but I have never had any major issues with it.

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Joël writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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We can fit a lot of ppl, 6 to be exact.

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Nothing

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Very Affordable, Lots Of Upsides. Can't Think Of Any Downsides. — I might have put 100 dollars max on that car and that's only cause my windshield wipers broke. 40$ the tank and you can drive a good while. Has a lot of space, otherwise it's a pretty normal car. Also excellent driving in all conditions.

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

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Ariana writes:
2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr STD Wagon Review
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Great gas mileage, sleek looks

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The power is not ideal, but that just makes for better gas mileage

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Great. — Awesome in both looks and driveability (sp?) - it was a great buy and we love it very very much! Don't really know what else to say about it... Oh, it has excellent gas mileage, which is great in these times.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2003 Toyota Matrix Reviews

Excellent Commuter By Billw1965

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 p... Read More

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2004 Toyota Matrix Reviews

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Basic Hatchback By Stephen

Basic car that I paid 4,800 for and it has been very reliable. It has decent power, good gas mileage and low maintance costs. Peformance wise, its not bad for a little hatchback, it handles well, good... Read More

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2006 Toyota Matrix Reviews

It Is A Basic Car Has Everything You Need But Not Everything You Would Want By Ahmad

I like this car simply because its a compact hatch back and it is very easy to drive and you don't have too many blind spots and maintenance is very cheap and it gets almost 30mpg so theres some of th... Read More

Useful By CashDog

This is outiftted to tow behind my RV, and it does a good job in that capacity. It is stick shift, which is a pain in city traffic. Good power, good braking, good visabilitiy. It's a nice little ca... Read More

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2007 Toyota Matrix Reviews

Very Good By Oregonian

Overalll the Matrix was a good car that served us well for the 7 years we owned it. We had no complaints about it except for road noise. It was easy to drive and park. The mileage was decent. It ... Read More

Versatility Wins On Performance By Denis

Got this car although it was not one of my top choices and I'm glad I got convinced! Best versatility and style in it's class in my opinion. Cheap'esk to drive but offers enough fun even for a Toyota.... Read More

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2008 Toyota Matrix Reviews

I Really Enjoy My Matrix By RobertOMalley

I enjoy my Matrix. This is my first car. I am upset that they have decided to discontinue the model. I believe they are making a mistake unless they replace it with something similar. We will see what... Read More

Fun Little Commuter Car By ChappyEight

Drove this car on a daily basis for close to 5 years. It was a wonderful handling car with plenty of room for the family but enough pep to keep me happy. Fuel mileage was about 29MPG overall, which ... Read More

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