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A Good Overall Car
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By Mr. B
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2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

The Toyota Matrix is a very well
thought out vehicle. The electronics
and comfort controls inside the vehicle
are easy to use and at easy reachand
see. The exteior styling is unique and
resembles nothing else forged by
Toyota. This car is fun to drive and
has given me no real problems. The only
downside to the vehicle is that it does
not perform extremely well in
accidents. I was involved in an
accident at less than 25 miles an hour
and the car did not respond as it
should have. All things considered,
this is a great car for any driver who
likes to have fun with a little dash of
function. Also I would recomend getting
the XRS model if at all possible.


Best Features

My favorite feature would have to be the flat folding seats. Carrying cargo for short, or long, trips is incredibly easy.


Worst Features

The only improvement that I can comment on is the rigidity of the frame. It needs to be a little stronger.


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48 hours later
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By tominutah
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2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I went to the Toy/Honda dealer looking
for a more relaible car than the 300TE
Mercedes wagon we now drive. Already
have a SUV (Suburban) and sports car
(1955 190SL) and a highway cruiser
(Volvo 850 wagon). As soon as I pulled
into the dealer's parking lot and saw
the Matrix, I knew that was it.


Best Features

Styling is different but not UGLY like the Aztek, the BMW/Porsche/Volvo/Cadillac/Lincoln/etc. etc. SUVs look prety cheap. At least the Matrix is cheap. Decent radio, lots of room, good economy.


Worst Features

Wind noise around windshield. No map light, cheap sun visors, not make up light, not glove box light, no under dash lights, no rear courtesy lights, vital fluid containers under hood look pretty cheap.


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The car that you really want
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By mdkid127
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2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I knew Toyota makes reliable cars but
I always wanted something more
youthful and attractive so I checked
out the Camry SE.

While in the showroom the Matrix
caught my eye. I test drove the XR
fully loaded and loved it. The
appearance of the car made me think it
would have a rough ride, but it
didn't. I loved the way it looked and
the interior with the red dash lights
is awesome. Plus, the car is
practical without giving this aspect
away by the way it looks (sporty).

The mpg isn't bad. It's roomy for 5
people too. I like the stock stereo
system and plug-in outlet, which is
cool to plug in my laptop.


Best Features

Sunroof, side airbags, plug-in outlet, dash w/ red lights, and roomy + comfortable + fun to drive, hard to classify (is it a car, suv, wagon?)


Worst Features

There's no strips down the side of the car so that it doesn't get dings/dents from other people's car doors that might swing and hit it...but this isn't a serious problem. I really like this car!


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Love Hate Relationship
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By Hitman & Speedy
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2003 Toyota Matrix XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


Review

My wife and I love this car as much as
we hate it. We love the look of the
gauges at night...HATE gauges during
the day because they are near
impossible to see and forget trying to
read the odometer (even with the
windows being tinted). We love its
sporty looks...HATE the low chin
spoiler that scraps on the lowest of
curbs, ramps, drifted snow, you name
it. We love the transmission...HATE
the clutch, which has the operation of
a common light switch (i.e., it's
either on or it off...no give). We
love the storage...HATE the cup holders.


Best Features

The fuel economy! The interior storage capacity!


Worst Features

Get rid of the weakly lit dashboard lights and replace with normal gauges. Redesign the front end to prevent the scrapping of the chin spoiler. Put a clutch in that has more play in it...the either on or off behavior is a hassle.


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Great car!
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By swooshman
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2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Very fun to drive! Real eye opener.


Best Features

In-dash power outlet


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