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2003 Toyota Matrix Wagon

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Toyota Matrix Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Toyota Matrix

  • Sporty, versatile and affordable. The Matrix is a strong competitor in just its first year out.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Versatile cargo area, good gas mileage, available all-wheel drive, plumped-out features list.

  • Cons

    Modest torque output from engines, numb steering.

  • What's New for 2003

    The Matrix is an all-new model from Toyota. It offers sporty looks, enhanced cargo-carrying abilities and useful features not commonly found in small cars.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Quite the warrior

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

My mom and dad bought this car new and when I turned 16 in 2008, they turned it over to me. Before I had it, my brother drove it and got in a wreck with a large SUV and it survived with just a large dent in the front end. Since then, I have put this car through the wringer. I'm a rock climber, so I am constantly travelling and the storage capacity is amazing with the folding back seats. This is my go-to road trip car. It's now 11 years old and I just took it up through the Adirondaks, White Mountains and to Maine and back to Ohio. It has a little over 150K and it's still running strong. I'm actually planning a trip across the country to visit my brother in Portland, OR from Ohio.




Love it

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

We've owned the matrix for 5 years now and it has over 100,000 miles. Only routine maintenance. Bought for the interior flexibility since we have 2 dogs. We bought ours used but would have preferred the V6 for a little more pep. We have had a very good experience and plan to drive this car for another 100,000 miles.




Space pod

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

Great little car and the dogs love it. Cosmic blue is a fantastic colour. Turns alot of heads. Must have TINTED WINDOWS!




2003 matrix

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

This is the only car I will ever buy. As long as Toyota keeps making them I will buy them.




We've got the funk

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

This is only the third car I've owned, but I enjoy almost every aspect, and it is in a totally different class than my Honda Civic. I have no problems with my CD player or the dashboard. Parking can be a bit difficult, given the tall front end, but I just have to get used to it, I guess. The car has more than enough power for me (where is everybody going in such a hurry, home to watch Oprah?), and after tracking mileage after every fill-up for 8 months, I can assure you the lowest you'll get is 28 miles per gallon (on surface streets).




2003 matrix xr fwd auto

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I was very impressed with this econo car's ride quality and interior quiet. The build quality is typical Toyota, but there are a few rattles from the hatch area.



Full 2003 Toyota Matrix Review

What's New for 2003

The Matrix is an all-new model from Toyota. It offers sporty looks, enhanced cargo-carrying abilities and useful features not commonly found in small cars.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 25
  • cty
/
  • 30
  • highway
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