2008 Toyota Matrix User Reviews

2008 Toyota Matrix Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 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:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 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" 5 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"comfortable trip" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews

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Virginia writes:
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My Blue Beauty — I love it. It is very comfortable on a long road trip and a great carrier for shopping.

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Hisham writes:
2008 Toyota Matrix XR Review
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5

Pros

Toyota car, compact size

Cons

needs AWD edition (now available in 2009 models)

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Good Value For The Money — Another great car from Toyota, good performance, interior space and easy manoeuvres

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Kylie writes:
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Gas Mileage, Handling, Spacious

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Day Lights( cant stand them but they are helpful)

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Great Gas Mileage — I love it, it gets great gas mileage 31 miles to the gallon, it has alot of room....and it handles great sticks to the road...the performance is awesome the brakes work like magic and im just glad i have it....I think i deserve it.

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Paul writes:
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Nice handling, cheap on gas expense.

Cons

It's still cheap

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It's A Cheap Car Lets Face It But It Gets The Job Done And Done Cheaply — Overall I like it a lot, it doesn't have performance but I never expected it to. It has pretty good gas mileage and handles pretty well. It is very spacious which is also why I got it.

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Hassan writes:
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spacious.

Cons

noisy engine

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Great Car — Great gas milelage. 26 city/32 highway. i have it in black. 126 hp. base model. Engine is noisy. overall great car.

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Jones writes:
2008 Toyota Matrix XR Review
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4

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Great low end torque, great sound system, large capacity

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Wide A pillar, Road Noise

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One In A Million — Power is there but you have to spend a lot of time on the skinny pedal but what else would you expect from a 1.8L making 130 hp? I usually spend a lot of time in the driver's seat but I got to sit in the back row when my friend drove and wow, its really big and comfortable even with the front seats reclined. The sound system is great, I have the 5 disc with 6 speaker combination and the sound is crisp, although it could use a subwoofer. The height of the car is great for a great driving view, I can see everything on the road. At highway speeds, the car is a little noisy but I can blame that on the optional moonroof that I have, maybe a Wind reflector might come in handy in the future. The luggage area can hold a lot of bags as I've made a lot of visits to the airport to pick up friends. Gas mileage is iffy but I have a heavy right foot and I'm trying to fix that.

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RobertOMalley writes:
2008 Toyota Matrix Base Review
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4

Pros

1. Nice modern look.
2. Surprising amount of cargo space.
3. Never has any break downs or mechanical issues.

Cons

1. Not much power or acceleration.

RobertOMalley
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I Really Enjoy My Matrix — 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 they unveil.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ChappyEight writes:
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Great gas mileage, toyota reliability.

Cons

Under-powered.

ChappyEight
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Fun Little Commuter Car — 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 was more than enough for me.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mark writes:
2008 Toyota Matrix Base Review
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Stylish, decent fuel economy.

Cons

Poor handling in bad weather conditions.

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It's Aight. — Performance: Slick handling only in good weather. Tires act like pontoons in rain. Acceleration leaves something to be desired. Braking is good. Build Quality: Have not needed any repairs (except for routine maintenence). However, after having the vehicle, it has already begun to develop a squeaking noise when it idles (eg at traffic lights, in parking lots, etc.). Appearance: It's pretty sharp both interior and exterior, but there is one factor about the inside that I dislike...The speakers are on the floor! It makes the sound quality appear warped. Cost of Ownership: Decent on gas, but it doesn't get the mileage it should (Gauged at 42 MPG, only gets about 35 MPG). It does require an oil change and tire rotation every 6 months. Fun Factor: Yeah, it's a decent car to get around in, although I wouldn't call it "fun" to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Matt writes:
2008 Toyota Matrix XR Review
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Surprisingly Spacious on the interior, comfortable seats=good for long trips, gauges are
easy on eyes, (instead of being bright red...Impreza STi...), 35mpg

Cons

umm...well it doesn't have a ton of power, but thats not a big deal
around in the city.

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My Dad's New Toyota — My dad traded his Ford truck for this since gas keeps getting higher (ugh), I like it, my mom and i took it to G.R. and it handled the freeways and the city just fine. Overall it feels like a very solid and confidant car when your driving it. Definitely would want this over my Civic.

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2009 Toyota Matrix Reviews

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2007 Toyota Matrix Reviews

Very Good By Oregonian

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2006 Toyota Matrix Reviews

Zippy Ride By Beckster99

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Great Car For A Family By Matthew

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