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By ToyotaSceptic
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2007 Toyota Matrix Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I am getting way better gas mileage that what Ive seen in the reviews. In the summer I am getting 40. My only issue is with the paint job. My first Black car and it will scratch if you look at it wrong. Understandable Black cars can be cursed with this issue but when I noticed rust specks around the wheel areas? I was told it was because of the break pads and the dealership basically told me pound sand. Oh well next time Ill drive out of state to get my next Toyota.


Favorite Features

Gas Mileage, new tires and wheels I purchased. The fact that I can adjust the seat to sit higher after my 2 back surgeries. Nice for an old fella like myself!


Suggested Improvements

Paint quality. Prequalify your sales companies better. Customer service lacks all around these days.


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Would prefer leather interior
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By neighborette
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2007 Toyota Matrix Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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On the highway with light city driving I average 34 miles per gallon. The money I save on gas over my last vehicle pays my car payment. People like to complain buy American, [non-permissible content removed]. I would much rather spend that extra money on a newer car from a manufacturer that has created American Manufacturing Jobs. Toyota keep up the good, but no perfect work.


Favorite Features

My favorite feature is the lift up glass on the hatch. I use window when I pick up long lumber from home improvement stores, I just open the window and let the long lumber hang out.


Suggested Improvements

Leather seating, for dirty little kids. Its so much easier to clean leather than cloth. Especially if they drop a bottle, spill a drink, pee their pants,or wipe their snotty nose.


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Good Dog Car
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By wolf
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2007 Toyota Matrix Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my car used at 36,000 miles. I love it and have not had any problems since purchasing it a year ago. My only complaint is that the in-town mileage is not as good as expected. I get about 23-2 mpg in a very cold and snowy city. Summer hwy miles have been as good as 36 mpg. Granted, I have had to idle the car to warm it up while I clear off ice and snow on our very coldest of days, which reduces mileage considerably. Overall, I love the car and am looking forward to having it for many years to come.


Favorite Features

Roomy trunk is great for shopping and dog.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage


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31-35 MPG highway
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By GCN
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2007 Toyota Matrix Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Just purchased a 2007 base model w/ 5- spd, the "M Theory" package, and 36000 miles. Right off the bat got 31 MPG cruising at 77 MPH w/ AC on intermittently. Then cruising at 71 MPH on the way back w/ AC on full time got 35 MPG. So far I like the way it handles, the power is acceptable (but not sports car fun), but most importantly it a very useful car (parking, cargo, cost). "M Theory" is purely for looks, bright color but not worth extra $$$ for most.


Favorite Features

Cargo space, MPG, cost to operate.


Suggested Improvements

Shifter is blah, as is clutch.


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I cried with the first fill-up!
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By Beth G
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2007 Toyota Matrix Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this Matrix used with only 8K and the original warranty - traded in my turbo 07 Forester which required premium gas and got 22mpg when premium went to $4.50/gallon. Computed the mpg on the Matrix with the first fill-up - got 36mpg!!! I cried! I love this car. I consistently get 32-36 mpg combined. Miss the sunroof and AWD of the Forester but got such a deal on the Matrix - bought snow tires and traction now as good as AWD.


Favorite Features

For some reason I love the looks of the Matrix more than the Vibe - I smile whenever I see mine or others out on the road. Mine is sky blue, love the color. Love the ride. Love the interior space. Love the features and reliability. Most of the same features as Subaru but cheaper - better value!


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Love it!
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By C
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2007 Toyota Matrix Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I had a 2005 Matrix until I was T- boned on driver side after a minivan ran a red light at 50 mph. Car was totaled, but I walked away with all limbs & I was so happy w. the safety of side impact that I bought another Matrix (2007). I love it! City MPG on manual trans. is about 29-30 MPG (I calculate it every so often). I am only 5'2" so I like that the seat raises and I don't have to be too close to the steering wheel.


Favorite Features

Seats, Remote Keyless Entry, look of car, hatchback & interior space/room, location of cup holders, easy clutch/pedals to push, great for shorter peeps


Suggested Improvements

More standard interior lights. Take out crumb-collecting coin holder in center console. Make roof rack an option. Make remote beep when locking & make hatchback button faster.


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Very impressed so far!
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By parbri
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2007 Toyota Matrix Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Life long full size pickup owner here, but decided to commit to reduced fuel use. I parked my full size pickup and purchased this for a work vehicle. I farm for a living, and I was thinking of a Tacoma, but was not sure the mileage would be good enough to switch, so decided on the Matrix. Fuel mileage is 30-32 so far, on 1000 miles drive, with short distance on and off pavement driving. Loads of fun to drive as well! I couldn't be happier!


Favorite Features

Fuel mileage, hands down. I have not gotten less than 31 mpg yet, and I drive a lot of small trips, and into farm fields with low speed driving. Small light easy to fit into tight spots, fun to drive. Roomy interior, I am 6'2" 235 lbs, and am quite comfortable.


Suggested Improvements

Reverse is a bit high geared, and the throttle is a bit touchy into first gear. It might be a bit tough if you drive in the hills a lot. I hate the seat belt dinger! It drives me nuts! I wear seat belts, but am in and out a lot, this thing is driving me crazy! They need to tone it down a bit.


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Quick and Nimble
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By Out Door Guy
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2007 Toyota Matrix Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Got rid of my Nissan Pathfinder for this ride. I've put 800 miles on it so far without any problems. The manual tranny shift is at hand level which makes changing gears pretty effortless. Overall the vehicle is quite nimble and fun to drive although the engine is noisy in 1st and 2nd gear. Once up to speed it rides well. Mileage is a solid 26 city, 29 highway. As others have noted the suspension is stiff so when you hit a bump or pothole you feel it. As you know the storage is fantastic with hatchback convenience. If you haul a lot of outdoor gear like skiis, camping equipment or a bike this is the car for you.


Favorite Features

Great dash and control layout with eye catching red illumination. Excellent sight-lines with no blindspots.


Suggested Improvements

More soundproofing and a better suspension would make this a 10 all around.


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5 speed Matrix
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By BEADIE
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2007 Toyota Matrix Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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The Matrix is a Corolla wagon and is very similar to the Dodge Vibe. It has been a fun car to drive. What it lacks in power it makes up for in gas mileage. The interior of the hatch-back trunk is plastic so things can easily slide around. There are nets but we bought a mat that has helped to keep things from sliding around.


Favorite Features

The seats can go down in the forward direction. The manual is nice because we did not like the way the automatic shifted gears and it saves more on gas.


Suggested Improvements

The antenna is on the rear roof. This is not a good place if you plan on using a rack.


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