2012 Toyota Matrix

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$18,845

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2012 Toyota Matrix
2012 Toyota Matrix

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

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

3 trims

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Notable features

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

2012 Toyota Matrix review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The 2012 Toyota Matrix is a compact hatchback that can carry up to five people and plenty of cargo. It 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 2012
There are no changes for 2012.

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 Sport Package that features 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear underbody spoilers and a rear spoiler. Exterior features include:

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

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 models
  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack

Under the Hood
Base models are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder mated either to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The S comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder teamed either to a five-speed manual or five-speed 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. Mechanical features include:

  • 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


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

The best car I have ever had

This car has great gas mileage, comfortable for long drives and is wonderful to carry long items by folding down the seats and is large enough to pack a lot of groceries etc.

5.0

Reliable like all Toyota cars and fast and agile

This car is very reliable with no problem for years. It is basically a corola with extra trunk space. I owned the sports version and it is very responsive.

5.0

Perfect size for me.

This car is easy to handle and is very reliable. Although compact, I fit my grandchildren very comfortably.

See all 6 consumer reviews

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
View all cpo program details

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