2011 Toyota Matrix

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

171.9” x 61.4”


Front-wheel drive



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

2 trims

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Notable features

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

2011 Toyota Matrix review: Our expert's take

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.

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

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

Standard safety features include:

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


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.9
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Fun to drive

I have the Matrix S model equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Tires. Handles like a sports car on the curves. Very quick and reliable. Purchased at the end of 2011 and still going strong.


Great Truck!

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


Comfort, Value & Reliability rolled into one!

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, and quiet. The heat works extremely well, and one feature I especially enjoy is all the cup holders! I can have all seats full and everyone has a place for their drink. We do a lot of road trips, so this is a small, but great feature for us. I would recommend this car to anyone.

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Based on the 2011 Toyota Matrix base trim.
Risk of rollover
Rollover rating


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
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