Best Bet
  • (4.3) 18 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,485$12,281
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 23-29
  • Engine: 132-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2010 Toyota Matrix

Our Take on the 2010 Toyota Matrix

Our Take

The 2010 Toyota Matrix is a compact crossover vehicle that can carry up to five people and plenty of cargo. The Matrix comes in a base version as well as S and sporty XRS trim levels. The Matrix competes with the Kia Spectra5, Mazda3 and related Pontiac Vibe.For 2010, the Matrix gets a standard e... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Base model sparsely equipped
  • No USB plug on stereo
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Some cheap controls
  • Rear visibility
  • Choppy suspension (Standard and S)

Notable Features

  • 132- or 158-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available AWD
  • Heavy-duty cargo floor
  • Stability control standard

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in April 2008 about the 2009 Toyota Matrix For 2010, Toyota made an electronic stability system standard, which is rare for this class. Also note that the Matrix's Pontiac twin, the Vibe, is no longer produced. To see other changes for 2010, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.The Toyota Matrix has always bee... Read full review for the 2010 Toyota Matrix

Consumer Reviews

4.3

Average based on 18 reviews

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Great not-so-little car

by Dog shows are my fun from Olympia, WA on July 21, 2011

I bought the 2010 Toyota Matrix, base model with just small upgrades (power doors and windows, floor mats). I was moving down in size from a Kia Sedona minivan that served me well for 8 years, and mil... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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Our 2010 Toyota Matrix trim comparison will help you decide.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 8 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/25,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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