Toyota Matrix

Toyota Matrix

The Toyota Matrix is a small hatchback that was first sold in 2002 as a 2003 model. Toyota stopped producing the Matrix in 2013. Many consumers and car experts consider the Matrix to be a sporty hatchback because of its exterior body style and creative interior design. This vehicle comes at an affordable price, has a powerful engine, and exceptionally smooth handling. The more recent models offer many popular features, including a heavy-duty cargo floor and a powerful stereo system. The Matrix has a unique design that appeals to a young crowd, but families with children will be comfortable in this car because the hatchback provides ample room for storage.

Model Overview

The 2003 Matrix is similar to the Pontiac Vibe, as these two vehicles were built together at the NUMMI automotive plant in California. The last Pontiac Vibe became available for sale in 2010 and Toyota then moved the Matrix's production to Canada. The first generation of the Matrix was available between the years of 2003 to 2008. These models came with a 1.8-liter four cylinder engine. There are two transmission choices for the consumer, a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

2009 marks the beginning of the second generation of the Toyota Matrix, which lasted until 2013. This generation brought back the 1.8-liter that was rated at 132 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. There was also an available 2.4-liter four cylinder engine, which had 158 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. These models come standard with a five-speed manual transmission, and an optional front-wheel drive model was offered as well.

The most recent Matrix is the 2013 model. It is a five door vehicle that is both sporty and versatile. The hatchback design allows for easy transport of larger bulky items, but its small size means it zips around town with ease. The vehicle's gas mileage is impressive, earning up to 32 mpg on the highway. Folding rear seats add to the car's versatility by creating a flat surface for large items.

The Matrix has a 13.2-gallon fuel tank and it uses regular grade gasoline. The EPA-rating is 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway for the manual models. The automatic models are slightly less fuel efficient with and EPA-rating of 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Along with cost-saving gas mileage, a low price point is another feature that attracts buyers to the Toyota Matrix. When the 2013 model was first sold it had an MSRP of under $20,000. 

2013 Toyota Matrix Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2013 Toyota Matrix a "Good" rating for moderate overlap front and side, and it rated the vehicle "Average" for head restraints and seats. The 2013 Matrix received four out of five stars for Overall Rollover rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Safety features that come standard with the 2013 Toyota Matrix include a driver airbag, a passenger air bag, four-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction control, daytime running lights, electronic stability control, and child safety locks.

Noteworthy About the 2013 Toyota Matrix

  • It offers approximately 20 cubic feet of durable and water-resistant cargo space. 
  • The LATCH system is a unique safety feature that provides tethers for child seats.
  • A cutting-edge technology feature that comes standard with the 2013 base model is a six-speaker stereo system with satellite radio, iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming.

For the most up-to-date features, search for Toyota Matrix models starting in 2008.