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Toyota Matrix Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 123 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 22/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Toyota Matrix

  • Versatile and affordable, the Matrix is the best compact wagon for hauling people and cargo in this price class.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Versatile cargo area, good gas mileage, smooth ride, generous standard equipment list, available all-wheel drive.

  • Cons

    Modest torque output from engines, non-sporting driving experience.

  • What's New for 2004

    Introduced last year, the Matrix carries over unchanged into 2004.

Full 2004 Toyota Matrix Review

What's New for 2004

Introduced last year, the Matrix carries over unchanged into 2004.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

2004 xrs 6speed 166k miles

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Matrix XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

We bought or XRS new, fully loaded except for navigation. We have driven our car all over the east coast. It has never left us stranded. My wife usually drives it and baby's it. When I drive it, I drive it like I stole it. Besides replacing the a/c compressor and switch, the only thing we've had trouble with was cheap plastics and the clutch. Our 1st clutch went at 80k miles and is ready to go up again at 166k miles. Will invest in the heavy duty clutch this time. A small oil leak developed at 150k miles on the valve covers. We love our '04 matrix so much we are looking for another "03 to '05 before they're all gone and high mileage.

Great hauler/commuter

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I got the matrix certified used in 2008, and never had any problems with it. I'm at 90,300 miles and it still runs great. It has great cargo capacity for home improvement projects. I've hauled anything from a 55" led TV in the box, to 600 lbs of ceramic tile, and it works like a champ. Good acceleration, good gas mileage. Like others, I have a tiny complaint about the small compartment under the shifter not staying shut, but other than that and some random rattling at times, it has been wonderful. We also have a 2004 corolla, and have experienced nothing but the best quality from Toyota. We're happy Toyota customers, who will be grabbing the 2014 Highlander as soon as it shows up.

Over 200k

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

210k miles, and no major problems. Catalytic converter went bad at around 140k. Other than that, I've only spent on tires, brake pads, and regular oil changes.

Reliable, practical, it's been a

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

I bought my Matrix used in '08 with 52k. It's currently at 103k and I still haven't had any problems with it, aside from regular maintenance (oil/filter changes, replaced tires/brake pads). It's my first car and I've really enjoyed its mix of practicality, fuel economy, and relative sportiness. That's sportiness relative to a camry or corolla; it's relatively fun to drive around town, but the fun is limited beyond that. I'm a college student, so the flexible cargo area is great for the frequent moves, group trips to the grocery store, and weekend getaways. As far as style, the asymmetrical dash is cool and the exterior is sporty enough (the solar yellow paint helps). It's been a great car.

208,000, and still love it!

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

My goal is to make it past 300000 miles on this car. I bought it with 144k, and was told by the owner that he had the transmission rebuilt at 100k by Aamco (though they sometimes may stretch the truth with a vehicle's true repair needs). They said the Main drive bearing went out. I put in a new Catalytic converter around 145k, and i've been golden since then until now. It's time for more work on the tranny, but some are telling me its the clutch throw-out bearing (release bearing) and some tell me it's the same issue that this car had at 100k. Regardless, I have loved the car and wouldn't hesitate on getting another. As for now, I'll fix it and go another 100k, Lord willing!

Toyota does not stand by

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I have owned the car and it was a great fun car could ignore the minor problems such as a defective battery in the first week and minor fit and finish problems. After 3 years and 37k my clutch went and looking on the internet I found out that 03 and 04 Matrix have hundreds of reported problems with early failure of transmissions.BTW,many of those posts are on the Edmunds forums Toyota has refused to acknowledge there is a problem Now at 79K I find the clutch and transmission is going All my previous standards have gone over 100k

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We are thinking of a 2006 Matrix but can't seem to find anthing on whether a 2007 is being released? does anyone know. Going from a 2004 sport edition 4runner. any comments?...

Alright, I have have heard enough!! I have been on this website for over a year listening to all the complaints about the Toyota Matrix between 2003 - 2005. Is anybody willing to do anything about it?...

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Gas Mileage


  • 22
  • cty
  • 29
  • highway
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