2003 Toyota Matrix Consumer Reviews

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2003 Toyota Matrix
4.2
Average based on 18 reviews
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Loved this car

by from Wisconsin on April 10, 2011

We bought this car used from the dealer for one of our teen daughter's second cars. Worked like a horse through the tough Wisconsin winters. Never a problem to get to school through the snow and slush...
We bought this car used from the dealer for one of our teen daughter's second cars. Worked like a horse through the tough Wisconsin winters. Never a problem to get to school through the snow and slush. Drive was comfortable and roomy. Her Dad who is 6 feet 2 inches was even able to sit in the back seat with no difficulty. We couldn't have been happier with this car for her. She and a friend were in the car this past week and were hit by another vehicle on the front passengers side and the back passenger side. They were spun 3 times and the two girls came out the the totalled car with bumps and bruses only. The First Responders were even amazed at how little happened to them with the extent of damage to the car. One said he truly expected them to be so much worse than they were. I can't say enough about the safety of this car. Looking to replace it at this moment.
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Love It!

by from San Francisco, CA on December 31, 2008

I got my 2003 standard model w/ Auto Trans used at 1 year old w/ 11K mileage. It had a package so that it had power & remote locks..love that! I have had it for 5 great years! It's sporty, fun, reliab...
I got my 2003 standard model w/ Auto Trans used at 1 year old w/ 11K mileage. It had a package so that it had power & remote locks..love that! I have had it for 5 great years! It's sporty, fun, reliable, gets good gas mileage. Love the high ceiling with big windows which makes for better visibility and easier to get in & out of the doors. Also like the higher ride. I could fit lots of stuff in it. Used to be an avid IKEA and garage sale shopper and could fit furniture and all kinds of big and little things. Noise or lack of power were no problems for me. But, someone rear-ended me 2 weeks ago and "totalled" it. I think it protected me from getting seriously injured. The guy at the Tow shop told me that it takes a lot of the brunt, so you dont. My insurance is giving me more than I thought I would get as settlement so resale value is good. Consumers Reports listed it in their category of "Best Cars". So, here I am again, on cars.com looking for another just like it!
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I love my Matrix

by from Los Alamitos, CA on July 24, 2007

For a hip mom with two kids, I didn't want a mini-van and couldn't afford the gas on an SUV but I wanted to be able to drive something with style but still be able to take my kids to dance class or go...
For a hip mom with two kids, I didn't want a mini-van and couldn't afford the gas on an SUV but I wanted to be able to drive something with style but still be able to take my kids to dance class or go out with my man for a night out. I can fit my entire drum set in the car by folding one or both of the back seats down. I can take my kids and their friends out for a fun day at the beach. I can take my mom and her wheelchair out for lunch. I've taught two teenagers how to drive because it's so easy to maneuver. And I can go back and forth to work in style. The gas mileage is AWESOME! It's roomy and comfortable. It offers a smooth ride. I absolutely love my Matrix!!!
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36+ MPG

by from Sparks, NV on November 22, 2008

The manual transmission Toyota Matrix XR gets great gas mileage, holds lots of stuff and is reasonably fun to drive. The plastic exterior pieces have not held up too well, but it has otherwise been a ...
The manual transmission Toyota Matrix XR gets great gas mileage, holds lots of stuff and is reasonably fun to drive. The plastic exterior pieces have not held up too well, but it has otherwise been a reliable vehicle for 90,000 miles.
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Reliable in WV

by from West Virginia on February 8, 2011

We bought this car new because we wanted a vehicle our dogs could ride in without getting the seats dirty. It's great for that, they ride in the cargo area. It's also holds more cargo than it looks, I...
We bought this car new because we wanted a vehicle our dogs could ride in without getting the seats dirty. It's great for that, they ride in the cargo area. It's also holds more cargo than it looks, I hauled a twin sized mattress and box spring in the back with the seats down, could almost close the hatch :) I also love the hard cover on the back of the rear seats so cargo doesn't ruin the seats. Dirt just wipes out. I have 108,000 on mine and it's still going strong, no rust and with regular snow tires I've never missed a day of work on nasty winter days. My next vehicle will be a Toyota also.
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Very Good car

by from Columbia,MO on December 11, 2010

I had this car from 2005 to 2010! Never had any problems! Totally reliable! For parents with young kids: I even could fit 3 booster seats on the back seat! Great car!
I had this car from 2005 to 2010! Never had any problems! Totally reliable! For parents with young kids: I even could fit 3 booster seats on the back seat! Great car!
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I love this car..

by from Elizabeth, Colorado on February 12, 2013

I haven't owned this long just bought it 2 mos ago 2003 XR with 74,000 miles. It's a fun little car to drive..downside no power low end,,,,but as you speed up it kicks in and has alot of GO...That wor...
I haven't owned this long just bought it 2 mos ago 2003 XR with 74,000 miles. It's a fun little car to drive..downside no power low end,,,,but as you speed up it kicks in and has alot of GO...That works I don't need a speeding ticket with a fast car. Just a perfect all around economical car with space to haul things. I live on a small ranch need to large bags from feed store etc. The savings in gas from my Ford F-350 more than pays for the car in gas, payment and insurance.
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270,000 miles!

by from Boston, MA on March 8, 2015

I just wanted to share with everyone that my 2003 Toyota Matrix XR is still running at almost 270,000 miles! It has been just a wonderful car and I will be driving it down to the dealership next week ...
I just wanted to share with everyone that my 2003 Toyota Matrix XR is still running at almost 270,000 miles! It has been just a wonderful car and I will be driving it down to the dealership next week as I am trading it in for an 2007 Toyota Matrix, since I was so happy with my '03. I just know now that they last forever!! I also knew it was time, because currently, the windshield washer pump is not working (this is bad to be living in Boston with all the snow), the A/C broke years ago, (but I could deal and I was too cheap to fix it), the front body was being held up by duct tape after I hit a raccoon that ran across the highway (so sad), and I have a severe oil leak that just wasn't worth fixing. I also had to get a new catalytic converter at about 250,000 miles. BUT I really did get my money's worth in the end. It was my first car ever, as I got it used when I was 15. Now I am 26. Never had an accident with another car, and I was always good at getting oil changes and keeping up with the maintenance (more now so then when I was a teen), but I will be sad to say goodbye to this great car and happy to be getting another one. OH YEAH, and the best part about it is the room. In college, I used that one car to move my whole dorm room to home and back between summer breaks plenty of times, and now I use it to carry around my band's instruments. It is amazing how much you can fit. Hope this helps some people!
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Great set of wheels

by from Chicago, IL on May 19, 2006

I bought the Matrix because I'm a fan of Toyota, and wanted reliable and functional transportation. (I hate paying money for repairs). The Matrix is one of the first "crossover" vehicles where it's a ...
I bought the Matrix because I'm a fan of Toyota, and wanted reliable and functional transportation. (I hate paying money for repairs). The Matrix is one of the first "crossover" vehicles where it's a bit of a car with extra space inside. The fold-down seats give you lots of cargo room, but there is even plenty of head and legroom in the back with adults sitting there. The good gas mileage is appreciated, and small niceties like AC power in the dash make the car a bit unique, and again, functional. I trust this car to meet by needs until I get tired of it and choose something else.
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Can't find anything to replace it

by from NW IN on January 7, 2014

Best car I've ever owned. Bought it new in 2003. Had auto vent shades put on right away. Bought new headlights last year since old ones finally were so "aged" it cut my visibility. Car always had awes...
Best car I've ever owned. Bought it new in 2003. Had auto vent shades put on right away. Bought new headlights last year since old ones finally were so "aged" it cut my visibility. Car always had awesome headlights. Great gas mileage. Love the in dash inverter. With over 225,000 miles I thought I might go look for a new car with more luxury. Can't find anything to replace it. Hybrids can't tow because you can't put a hitch where the battery is located. Only 2 things I don't like about the car and never did like---not enough ground clearance (snow in NW IN) and the dash bleeds out (hard to read). All other features are pluses. Love the Moon roof, seating position, controls are sensible and easy to reach. Rear window in the hatch opens which is handy in hauling long 2 x 4's, etc. This car has the best combination of features of any car I've ever driven. Every now and then I go out to look to replace it---can't find anything that would be worth spending for a new car. She still runs great and looks great.
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