2003 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Best of both worlds

2003 Toyota Matrix - Consumer Review

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XRS Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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Best of both worlds
By Thomas Howe on


2003 Toyota Matrix XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


Not too many cars that go from 0- 60 in 7 seconds, yet get 32 mpg on the road. Also, the fact that there's lots of room in back with the seats folded down is a major plus. Are you reading this, bicyclist and skiers? It handles great and is a pleasure to drive long distances. I regularly took 1000 mile round trip drives and it never missed a beat. The extra kick pas 6000 RPMs is addicting. It looks cooler the longer you have it, with all of the ground effects, but that did have its down side. The front spoilers were too low and I was always scraping them on curbs, sometimes damaging them. I would have kept it, but decided to get a 4X4 SUV for the Wisconsin winters. I miss the gas mileage.

Best Features

The power, fuel economy, apearance, room, comfort, reliability.

Worst Features

The tranny was too stiff and notchy, which I got used to eventually. The front spoiler was too easily damaged because of its low height. And the beeping sound when I put it in reverse drove me nuts! I tried to have it silenced, but the process was too pricey.
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