2003 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Great for an inexpensive car

2003 Toyota Matrix - Consumer Review

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325 Total Reviews

Base Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great for an inexpensive car
By Heather on


2003 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Most of my driving is in a small town with stop lights or signs at almost every intersection, and I am still getting 28 - 30 MPG. I love the roominess of the interior. The seats fold down completely flat so that you can really load this car full of cargo. My only complaint is that in order to depress the clutch completely, you are too close to the accelerator which can get uncomfortable if you are driving for awhile. I bought this car for economy and did not expect it to be as nicely appointed or to ride as well as the more expensive Toyotas or Volvos I have owned in the past. It isn't and it doesn't but it's not bad. It's roomy, and, for what I paid, it is an excellent car.

Best Features

Cargo Space - Amazing Very peppy (standard only)

Worst Features

Line up the accelerator and clutch better. (Maybe they did this on later models)
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