2010 Toyota Matrix

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12 reviews
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Available Price Range $5,443-$13,467 Trims4 Combined MPG 23-29 Seats 5

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 co... 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


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

Consumer Reviews

4.2 out of 5

Based on 12 reviews

stylish and yet, practical

by jazzy1 from Portsmouth, NH on October 30, 2010

Previoulsly having driven a v6 Camry, surprisingly, this car has plenty of pick up. Great gas mileage too. We loaded 4 adults and all our luggage for a 5 hour trip to NYC. Doing 80 mph (to keep up wit... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 9 recalls for this car.

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

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


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

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Warranties Explained


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.


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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