2011 Toyota Matrix

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Toyota Matrix. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    132-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

  • Cabin utility
  • Acceleration (2.4-liter engine)
  • Cornering performance
  • Dashboard fit and finish
  • Backseat roominess
  • Safety features

The Bad

  • Base model sparsely equipped
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Rickety air-conditioning controls
  • Rear visibility
  • Choppy suspension

Notable Features of the 2011 Toyota Matrix

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

2011 Toyota Matrix Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2011 Toyota Matrix is a compact hatchback that can carry up to five people and plenty of cargo. The Matrix comes in a base version as well as an S trim. The Matrix competes with hatchback versions of the Kia Forte and Mazda3.

New for 2011
The 2011 Matrix receives a number of changes, including new seat fabric, tweaks to the appearance of the gauges and center control panel, revised front and rear bumper styling on S models and more standard features. The Matrix also comes with Toyota Care complimentary scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles.

Exterior
The Matrix has an aggressive-looking front end that features a bulging hood, thin wraparound headlights and a small trapezoidal grille. Smooth bodyside moldings give the Matrix a modern appearance, and the hatchback's forward-swept D-pillars enhance the car's sporty shape.

S models can have an optional sports body kit featuring 17-inch alloy wheels, a front underbody spoiler and a rear spoiler. Exterior features include:

  • Available 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Available fog lamps
  • Available sunroof

Interior
Front sport seats and a three-person rear bench seat give the Matrix room for up to five people. The 60/40-split backseat can fold down when more cargo room is needed. Interior features include:

  • Available metallic interior accents
  • Front passenger seat folds down on S
  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Standard cruise control
  • Sta...
Vehicle Overview

The 2011 Toyota Matrix is a compact hatchback that can carry up to five people and plenty of cargo. The Matrix comes in a base version as well as an S trim. The Matrix competes with hatchback versions of the Kia Forte and Mazda3.

New for 2011
The 2011 Matrix receives a number of changes, including new seat fabric, tweaks to the appearance of the gauges and center control panel, revised front and rear bumper styling on S models and more standard features. The Matrix also comes with Toyota Care complimentary scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles.

Exterior
The Matrix has an aggressive-looking front end that features a bulging hood, thin wraparound headlights and a small trapezoidal grille. Smooth bodyside moldings give the Matrix a modern appearance, and the hatchback's forward-swept D-pillars enhance the car's sporty shape.

S models can have an optional sports body kit featuring 17-inch alloy wheels, a front underbody spoiler and a rear spoiler. Exterior features include:

  • Available 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Available fog lamps
  • Available sunroof

Interior
Front sport seats and a three-person rear bench seat give the Matrix room for up to five people. The 60/40-split backseat can fold down when more cargo room is needed. Interior features include:

  • Available metallic interior accents
  • Front passenger seat folds down on S
  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard CD stereo with auxiliary input

Under the Hood
Base models are equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The S comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to either a five-speed manual or automatic transmission.

All models are front-wheel drive, except for the specially equipped all-wheel-drive S trim, which uses a four-speed automatic.

The base and front-wheel-drive S models come with a basic rear torsion beam suspension; the all-wheel-drive S model gets a more complex rear double-wishbone suspension.

  • Standard 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 128 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 162 pounds-feet of torque

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Front side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great Truck!

by JaredP from Centralia, WA on September 10, 2017

Beautiful truck, better than I could have imagined. Fits 2 kids with car seat/booster with room to spare. Read full review

(5.0)

Comfort, Value & Reliability rolled into one!

by CherDG from Ontario, Canada on March 20, 2017

I have owned my Toyota Matrix for about a month. I must say, this is one of the best cars I have ever owned. It is extremely comfortable and smooth to drive, in town and on the highway. It is spacious... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Toyota Matrix currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Toyota Matrix has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Toyota
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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