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    Toyota Matrix

    A tall hatchback based on the Toyota Corolla sedan, the Matrix has added height, giving it more passenger and cargo space than most competitors. This also eases entry and exit. Additionally, Matrix returns impressive fuel economy for its size and has good power. Many of of the virtues of an SUV, such as a little higher driving position, easy access, and optional AWD are among its attributes.
    Alerts
    There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

    Road Test Results

    Performance
    Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
    0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
    Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
    Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
    Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
    Comfort / Convenience
    Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
    Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
    Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
    Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
    Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
    Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
    Fuel Economy & Emissions
    Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
    CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
    CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
    CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
    Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
    Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
    Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

    Owner Reports

    Worse Better
    Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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    Reliability Trouble Spots
    Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
    Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
    Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
    Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
    Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
    Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
    Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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    Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
    Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
    Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
    Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
    Safety Equipment
    ABS, head protection and side air bags standard from 2009. ESC standard from 2010.
    Road Test

    A tall hatchback based on the Toyota Corolla sedan, the Matrix has added height, giving it more passenger and cargo space than most competitors. This also eases entry and exit. Additionally, Matrix returns impressive fuel economy for its size and has good power. Many of of the virtues of an SUV, such as a little higher driving position, easy access, and optional AWD are among its attributes. Stability control was standard too. Other plusses include a compliant ride, fairly nimble handling and effective brakes. But an unsettled ride, boomy engine and a cheap feeling interior number among shortcomings that also include a flawed driving position and a noisy engine. Still, overall, Matrix offered a good and practical alternative to a small SUV.

    Seating
    2 front, 3 rear
    Drive Wheels
    AWD, Front
    Warranty
    Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

    In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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    Body Styles
    wagon
    Transmissions Available
    • 5-speed Manual
    • 5-speed Automatic
    • 4-speed Automatic
    Engines Available
    • 1.8-liter 4 (132 hp)
    • 2.4-liter 4 (158 hp)

    Owner Reported Trouble Spots

    The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Toyota Matrix owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

    Brakes

    Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

    What Owners Say

    Calipers

    "They need to be change"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "The calipers on the rear wheels occasionally lock. It has occurred twice in six years"

    Anonymous, ME (2010 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Normal routine brake wear

    "After 5 years I needed new brake linings and front caliper"

    Mark S., NY (2010 Toyota Matrix S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    "To pass last State Inspection at about 55000 miles it needed rear rotors and pads"

    Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "Needed to replace both front and rear brakes and rotors"

    Anonymous, NY (2010 Toyota Matrix Base)

    "Rear brakes need replacement and one rotor at 84000 miles. Not bad!"

    Rolf T., VA (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "Normal wear and tear"

    Rasiah M., ON (2010 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "FRONT AND REAR DISC BRAKES WERE REPLACED AFTER NORMAL WEAR AND USAGE."

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Premature brake wear

    "Caliper is sticking causing premature wear...cleaned and replaced seal."

    Daniel G., MB (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "brakes done at 70000 and again at 89000k"

    John P., ON (2010 Toyota Matrix S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    "for the small amount of driving total of 32000 kms we needed to have brakes done and drums/discs ground down"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    "pads and rotors wearing prematurely"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    "Rear disks & pads were replaced under warranty at 40K; they had to be replaced again at 80K (at my cost). The front disks & rotors were replaced at 60 K ( non warranty)"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "Brake pads worn due to major rust on rotors. Need to replace both rotors and pads. Car not driven often enough to prevent rusting"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    "$1200 CAD brake job at 64000km - I think this is a bit premature. Also rear right hub & bearing replacement at 65000 km under warranty"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    "Heard unusual sound LF wheel Don't brake that much but I admitted I sometime brake hard (shouldn't have). At 28K, brakes grinding into front rotors. Surfed web, there's a TSB, dealer made no mention of this, had 2 buy four new rotors & pads. Pad bill"

    Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Matrix S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
    Regular brake failure

    "wear & tear"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Rotors

    "wear & tear"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Squeaking

    "Wear on brakes caused a need for new brake pads and rotors. After it was done, they worked but squeaking became so loud it was unbearable every time brakes were used. Were replaced, but some squeaking occurs intermittently"

    Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Matrix 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    Paint/Trim

    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

    What Owners Say

    Loose exterior trim or moldings

    "Chrome trim around passenger-side doors blew off while driving. Also, a plastic hubcap cracked, and fell off on front left."

    Sheila R., KS (2010 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "It started to loosen up a couple years after purchase. Now, I have to use a lot of duct tape to keep the trim together; if not, some of the trim would rub against a tire."

    Anonymous, AZ (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

    "Paint is dull"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    "It seems to be chipping a lot. Mine seems to be worse than other Matrix' (Matri?) that I see in the parking lots"

    Fred R., MA (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "Car is not garaged so any scrapes can lead to rust."

    Anonymous, (2010 Toyota Matrix Unsure Unsure)
    Rust

    "Rust around front windshield, back door and on roof."

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    In-car Electronics

    CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

    What Owners Say

    CD player

    "Failed totally"

    Anonymous, FL (2010 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "CD PLAYER EJECTS CDS AND WON'T PLAY CDS"

    Anonymous, YT (2010 Toyota Matrix XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
    External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

    "The auxilary button that allows you to switch to an MP3 player quit working"

    Jamie A., NC (2010 Toyota Matrix)
    Radio

    "Continual intermittent problem of the screen showing random characters and when pushing memory set buttons it just shuts the radio off. Interestingly, I had the same problem with the original factory stereo in 2012 and it was replaced under warranty."

    Anonymous, (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    Electric System

    Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

    What Owners Say

    Clock

    "Again wiring issues due to rodent incursions."

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "as previously described"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Interior lights

    "Toyota use soy based wiring covering which rodents consider food. The wiring on this vehicle has been seriously damaged because of this."

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "Rodent damage to wiring system. Probably due to soy based wiring coverings. Damage could not be rectified without complete disassembly of vehicle's interior. Cost of work more than the vehicle of its age is worth. Very dissatisfied."

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    Climate System

    Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

    What Owners Say

    A/C compressor

    "There was no cold air at all. It happened twice."

    Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Matrix S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
    Blower (fan) motor

    "There was no movement of air when the air conditioning wasn't working either."

    Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Matrix S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
    Condenser

    "Leakage of refrigerant from condenser"

    Anonymous, NB (2010 Toyota Matrix XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
    Refrigerant leaks

    "Dealer misdiagnosed the problem 3 times and incorrectly recharged the system twice. I paid for a new condenser which was unnecessarily replaced due to incompetence. Another dealer pinpointed the inadequate recharge as the problem, thereby avoiding me paying for a new compressor. I will NEVER use the first dealer's service again!"

    Anonymous, NB (2010 Toyota Matrix XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    Engine Major

    Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

    What Owners Say

    Cylinder head

    "Car went in for work on brakes, and engine problem was discovered. Repair person showed us the crack, which meant engine had to be removed to replace front engine cover--a tedious and costly repair project"

    Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Matrix 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    "A rocker arm became chipped and caused damage to the value which inturn caused oil to leak from the cylinder head"

    Anonymous, NC (2010 Toyota Matrix S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Head gasket

    "Bad oil consumption - total engine overhaul."

    Anonymous, (2010 Toyota Matrix S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    Suspension

    Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

    What Owners Say

    Shocks or struts

    "Replaced the front struts, about $2000. Tires seem to wear evenly now"

    Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Matrix S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Tire wear is uneven

    "I've bought 5 pairs of tires for 113,000 miles. There is something off about how the car is aligned, or how the tires are balanced or how the tires are turned in, or something. 5 pairs of tires: factory tires that came with the car, 40k, 60k and finally a pair of 80k tires. The 80K serm to be holding up, also replaced the shocks ask maybe that had something to do with it"

    Anonymous, TX (2010 Toyota Matrix S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Wheel bearings

    "Bad rear wheel bearing caused a noise that changed with speed. The car had not been driven over or off curbs."

    Anonymous, CA (2010 Toyota Matrix S 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    Body Integrity

    Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Squeaks or rattles

    "Raattle noise in steering column....dealer replaced steering column ...result no more rattling...under warrenty"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    "they needed to replace the power steering electrical box and need to remove the dash and has always made noise since"

    David B., YT (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Wind noise

    "the driver door appears to sag and you can hear the wind more.. This happened with both Matrix's I have had."

    Anonymous, NS (2010 Toyota Matrix)

    Transmission Minor

    Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

    What Owners Say

    Rough shifting

    "Clutch jerks when starting from dead stop, especially when cold"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix XRS 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

    "shift from 1 to 2 was rough. serviced the transmission a few times and it was less rough"

    Anonymous, TN (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Slipping transmission

    "On cold mornings, pulling away from the house, the first few times it shifts, it feels like it is slipping"

    Anonymous, ON (2010 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    Body Hardware

    Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

    What Owners Say

    Seat belts

    "Front Passenger seat-belt receptacle often won't accept the plug/tag of the seat-belt. The workaround is to fully depress the release-button, then insert."

    Sheila R., KS (2010 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Tailgate, hatch or trunk

    "It no longer goes all the way to the top, especially in cold weather"

    Jamie A., NC (2010 Toyota Matrix)

    Engine Minor

    Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Engine computer

    "Check engine light stayed on despite replacement of more than one O2 sensor, computer chip had to be replaced"

    Anonymous, MA (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Oil leaks

    "Leaking valve cover gasket"

    Anonymous, MB (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    Drive System

    Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

    What Owners Say

    CV joint

    "Had to replace driver side boot twice."

    Anonymous, MB (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Driveshaft or axle

    "strange noise on passenger side. Axle replaces"

    Joe G., CA (2010 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    Exhaust

    Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Exhaust leaks

    "as soon as it started we had it repaired"

    Anonymous, (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Other/unsure

    "The actuator for the passenger air bag had to be replaced due to a safety recall"

    Anonymous, ME (2010 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    Transmission Major

    Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

    What Owners Say

    Clutch replacement

    "I have been advise that the clutch needs to be replace but so far it is good."

    Deni C., ON (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
    Transmission rebuild or replacement

    "Started grinding gears in to third, replaced the transmission which then failed due to a bad casting. Was replaced again with success"

    Daniel G., MB (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    Fuel System

    Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

    What Owners Say

    Emission control devices (includes EGR)

    "Replaced charcoal carbon vapour filter"

    Gordon J., AB (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    Power Equipment

    Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

    What Owners Say

    Alternator

    "Alternator had to be replaced due bearing problem. Alternator was double price of other alternators in older cars (1999 cars) Should not have happened with low mileage (25 K). Wrote to Toyota who covered half the repair. Should be fully covered"

    Anonymous, PA (2010 Toyota Matrix Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

    Engine Cooling

    Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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