2008 Toyota Matrix

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$15,510

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2008 Toyota Matrix

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

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

2 trims

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Notable features

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

2008 Toyota Matrix review: Our expert's take

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. 2008 marks the last year for the first-generation Matrix; a redesigned second generation will debut for 2009. The 2008 model is unchanged from the 2007 version.

High headroom and flexible seating positions are among the Matrix’s notable attributes. Two trim levels are available: base and step-up XR. 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.

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, 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. 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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Runs forever

It is a very reliable vehicle. At 100,000 miles, it runs like new. No major repairs so far. I have serviced it at a dealership.

3.9

Beautiful Condition Car

This car is honestly well maintained beautiful condition car. It had never had any problem since I bought it back in 2017. Tires and brake discs have been changed. Routinely engine oil change has been performed. Definitely worth the price!

4.1

Really reliable car. Cheapest maintenance.

Perfect and nice car for it price. Very comfortable and practice. I ride on it about 50000 miles, and do nothing, except cheap maintenance (oil and brake pads change) Very reliable! Drive it with pleasure.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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