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2003 Toyota Matrix XR Review
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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

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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2003 Toyota Matrix XR AWD Review
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2003 Toyota Matrix Xr Awd Review — 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. Another thing that didn't impress me that much was the gas mileage. I only managed to get about 23mpg. Otherwise, the car was pretty much perfect and flawless. I had no mechanical breakdowns or major problems with the car. I do want to add that I did modify the car. Modifications include: Hotchkis Lowering Springs, custom Celica shocks, Bomz Short Ram Air Intake, 6000k HIDs, Gutted Catalytic Converter, N1 Exhaust, JVC Headunit, 17in Reaction Orbits with Bridgestone Potenza G005 and other stuff. Totaling about $5,000 worth of modification and parts.

Pros: Lots in interior space, all wheel drive security, Toyota brand name and reliability

Cons: Not much horsepower, slow

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2003 Toyota Matrix XRS Review
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6 Speed Manual Is Fun — I own the XRS 6 - speed manual, definitely a lot of fun. It accelerates well and takes turns pretty good. It needs a new clutch at the moment, but overall, it has been great. It's OK on the mpg - only around 27 depending on how you drive. Can move a lot of stuff - I managed to get a love seat in the back! Would recommend again.

Pros: 6 speed manual has the overdrive, good acceleration and lots of room, and it's a TOYOTA!

Cons: Because it's an XRS, the clutch is much much more expensive to fix!

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2003 Toyota Matrix AWD Review
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An Underpowered Subaru Competitor — This car is by no means a bad car, but one of the few things that it has going for it is its 4WD. Most of its other features are pretty standard on a car of its class. Mine is the standard, watered-down breed, and it barely has central locking. I have crank windows as well. Power is decent, I have a feeling the 2WD would be a little bit quicker to accelerate, but this one has the 120-something horses to power four wheels with no option of a manual transmission to make that acceleration even feel any quicker. I also notice a pretty big drop in my miles-per-gallon when I let the revs get up to even 4000 on a regular basis. This car gets 22 on average, and I have been trying extra-hard lately to save gas with prices over $4 now. I have been able to manage 24.5 MPG in a suburban driving situation. I say suburban because most of my driving is a city setting, but it's no 'downtown.' I hit the freeway every now and then, but not as daily commute to work and back, like most who consider their miles 'highway' would. The car's mousy exterior foreshadows Toyota's latest trend of making their cars look like they belong in the Pokédex (Yes, we're looking at you, Toyota Yaris.) I can still see the angles from the Celica they were building at the same time, but the styling on this car has become much rounder. It looks youthful. That isn't exactly what this car should look like, in my opinion. I think this car needs an edgier outside to make up for what it lacks under the hood. But at least Toyota aren't trying to hide anything. The car has pretty good interior quality. I read in a review of the Toyota Corolla that the car has a historically 'awkward' seating position, and this Corolla variant is no different. I will be honest, the car feels like you are sitting up quite high for the size of the car. And the seat's limited adjustment is no help to this issue, either. I only have a recline and forward-backward adjust to change my seating position. I don't know what was a normal offering for drivers' seating when this car was new, but I assume most were offered with some kind of height adjustment in the seat. Oh well, what can you ask of a base-model car? I can't speak much to the electrics on the inside of the car because I have none. I do have central locking, but that's due to the dealer alarm that we had the dealer leave on the car when it was purchased. No power windows, just the cranks. I had a friend who had never seen this kind of window before he got in my car. I simply told him it was 'retro' and that he needed to get out more. The radio is a little bit disappointing. This car was a joint effort with General Motors (which spawned the Pontiac Vibe) and it shares a lot of parts. The radio head unit is clearly in GM font, and it is one of my more prominent complaints in the car. It's probably just my unit, but whenever I play a CD and hit the brakes, the CD's rotations cause it to scrape against the innards of the player, making an attractive noise for any passenger that I may have to hear. I usually just scold it and laugh it off, but on the inside I am writing a note to myself never to purchase a car that is the lovechild of a one-night-stand between an American and an Asian. America is not something I want near my Japanese cars in the future. It's a shame the new Vibe is still brothers with the new Matrix. I thought Toyota would learn from that one. I feel like this review has a negative feel about it. I'm not trying to do that, the car is a good one. and I'm not unhappy owning it. My biggest gripe is that mine's not a manual and the car does not even come in a manual transmission. For its price, it offers pretty good value I'd say. It's the only car I've ever personally owned, but I have been in similar cars that seem to give you better value for money. Overall, a good car, though.

Pros: Fun to drive in the snow (4WD)
Great cargo capacity

Cons: A little underpowered
Ties to GM
Weak in the Fuel Economy department for its size (but hey, it is 4WD, and cars are all about compromise)

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2003 Toyota Matrix FWD Review
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Very Useful Car — great gas mileage, very user friendly, lots of room, good performance, very reliable, good looking.

Pros: fold down flat rear seats with plastic backs, great gas mileage, low maintenance.

Cons: a little uncomfortable seats for long trip.

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2003 Toyota Matrix FWD Review
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Reliable And Practical — I bought the car recently and don’t have enough experience with it to make any comments yet. Reviews are good, it seems to be a reliable car, we’ll see… One thing that you notice immediately when you drive this car is how high you sit above the ground. The roof is may be 10”-12” higher than majority of cars, seats are high too, it feels like you’re driving a very compact van. I don’t mind this feeling at all, I wasn’t looking for a sports car when I bought that thing. So far I’m happy with my choice.

Pros: Practical compact station wagon. Surprisingly roomy inside. Feels zippy in and out of traffic. Rated as the most economical vehicle of it’s class.

Cons: Hollow, echoic feeling inside the car. Lack of factory roofrack.

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2003 Toyota Matrix AWD Review
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Sporty — Great buy , cheap on gas, zips anywhere, can go anywhere all the big SUVs go!

Pros: handling, awd, head room, leg room, hidden compartments, safe, low mpg, good factory
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Cons: Acceleration

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2003 Toyota Matrix XR Review
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Conveniently Fun Stuff Hauler — Had it since new, it's gotten me and my associated mass of stuff, military and personal, across Canada, and to 3 different homes. Plus the usual vacation spots with all the camping gear and room left over for friends. For it's rated 135HP, probably only puts that down now that I have a cold air intake and exhaust done, it's got some get up and go, but nothing truly exceptional. Still, the 5MT beats the slushbox anyday.

Pros: Lots o' room
Fun to toss around
Fairly cool interior
Good gas mileage

Cons: No sports car
It's a hatch
Japanese paint
Plastic scratchable hatch area

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2003 Toyota Matrix XR Review
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Great Little Car, But Bad Ground Clearence, Vibe Would Have Been Better — I like cars that are functional first and no bigger than is necissary. The Matrix is exactly that, parking well and getting good MPG while remaining roomy inside both for kids and cargo. My only complaint is that the cool looking ground effects both dramatically limit ground clearence (I supose that is obvious, but it is more of a problem than I thought) and sometimes whistle at highway speeds. With hind-sight I would have gotten the Vibe which also has an integrated roof-rack.

Owner for 3 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:10,000

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2008 Toyota Matrix Reviews

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2007 Toyota Matrix Reviews

Very Good By Oregonian

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