• (4.5) 4 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,674–$14,498
  • 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
2012 Toyota Matrix

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Toyota Matrix

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2012 Toyota Matrix Reviews

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

(4.5)

Average based on 4 reviews

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Perfect size for me.

by Stella, Grandma from Oakley, CA on May 31, 2017

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

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3 Trims Available

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2012 Toyota Matrix Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Matrix L

Head Restraints and Seats
A
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Matrix L

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
A
Overall Rear
A
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
A
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall 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: $3,000 per year.

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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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