2007 Toyota Matrix

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Toyota Matrix. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    33 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    126-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Highway stability
  • Toyota reputation for reliability
  • Resale value

The Bad

  • Instrument readability
  • Engine and road noise
  • Engine performance with automatic

Notable Features of the 2007 Toyota Matrix

  • FWD or AWD
  • Hatchback body style
  • Manual or automatic
  • Versatile interior layout

2007 Toyota Matrix Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Toyota introduced its youth-focused Matrix as an early 2003 model. Described as a crossover utility vehicle, the Matrix was said to combine the functionality of a sport utility vehicle with the image and performance of a sports car. That's no longer the case, as the 2007 model year sees the end of its high-performance XRS variant and optional all-wheel-drive system. Pontiac markets a related Vibe model.

High headroom and flexible seating positions are among the Matrix's remaining notable attributes. Two trim levels are available: base and step-up XR. A special-edition M-Theory package attempts to restore some of the XRS' luster with upgraded wheels, paint and brakes — though it's more show than go, as Toyota's high-performance 1.8-liter inline-four is gone from the picture. Toyota will limit M-Theory production to 2,500 units.

An electronic stability system and six-CD stereo are among the notable options.


Exterior
The Matrix hatchback is built on a platform similar to the one used for Toyota's popular Corolla sedan. Measuring 171.3 inches long overall, the Matrix has a 102.4-inch wheelbase and stands 61.6 inches tall. Base wheels measure 16 inches in diameter. The M-Theory edition adds 17-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel-disc brakes, a rear spoiler and a strut tower brace under the hood for reduced body roll.

Interior
The Matrix seats up to five people. With the rear seats folded, cargo capacity measures 53.2 cubic feet. Standard eq...
Vehicle Overview
Toyota introduced its youth-focused Matrix as an early 2003 model. Described as a crossover utility vehicle, the Matrix was said to combine the functionality of a sport utility vehicle with the image and performance of a sports car. That's no longer the case, as the 2007 model year sees the end of its high-performance XRS variant and optional all-wheel-drive system. Pontiac markets a related Vibe model.

High headroom and flexible seating positions are among the Matrix's remaining notable attributes. Two trim levels are available: base and step-up XR. A special-edition M-Theory package attempts to restore some of the XRS' luster with upgraded wheels, paint and brakes — though it's more show than go, as Toyota's high-performance 1.8-liter inline-four is gone from the picture. Toyota will limit M-Theory production to 2,500 units.

An electronic stability system and six-CD stereo are among the notable options.


Exterior
The Matrix hatchback is built on a platform similar to the one used for Toyota's popular Corolla sedan. Measuring 171.3 inches long overall, the Matrix has a 102.4-inch wheelbase and stands 61.6 inches tall. Base wheels measure 16 inches in diameter. The M-Theory edition adds 17-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel-disc brakes, a rear spoiler and a strut tower brace under the hood for reduced body roll.

Interior
The Matrix seats up to five people. With the rear seats folded, cargo capacity measures 53.2 cubic feet. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, intermittent wipers, a CD player and a tilt steering wheel. The XR adds remote keyless entry, a sport steering wheel, driver's seat height adjustment, and power windows, locks and mirrors.

Under the Hood
The 1.8-liter four-cylinder produces 126 horsepower. Either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission can be installed.

Safety
Side-impact and side curtain airbags are optional. Optional antilock brakes are disc/drum on base and XR models, and all-disc with the M-Theory. An electronic stability system is also optional.

Driving Impressions
The Matrix is stylish, well-built and nicely designed, but it's somewhat noisy. It's quiet enough when cruising, but the engine may growl and whine during acceleration. Road noise is also noticeable. The engine teamed with the automatic transmission doesn't have much oomph, either. Automatic-transmission gear changes are noticeable but not bothersome.

Stability is good, and it's easy to keep the Matrix on course. It steers with more precision and less wheel vibration than the Corolla, but still falls short of stimulating.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

extremely reliable car, lots of space

by valentin from Santa Barbara on July 5, 2018

This car is in great condition. Good mileage, usually between 30-33 mpg. It's a hatchback - you can fold down back seats for a lot of storage space. Great for road trips! Easy to drive. Read full review

(5.0)

Incredibly reliable car!

by Lbs Famiy from Patterson, CA on June 27, 2018

I owned the Matrix for 22 years and it was a amazing vehicle. Reliable, dependable and GREAT on fuel economy. If you want a sporty car without the huge insurance premiums, this little zippy car is the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Toyota Matrix currently has 5 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2007 Toyota Matrix Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
3 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Matrix received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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