Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

One-Year Test Update: 2003 Toyota Matrix

David Newhardt
Feb 23, 2003
Photographers: David Newhardt
2003 Toyota Matrix Interior View Steering Wheel Center Console
  |   2003 Toyota Matrix Interior View Steering Wheel Center Console
Yo, dudes and dudettes, you gotta check out the happenin' new wheels in Motor Trend's One-Year-Test garage: Toyota's new Matrix. Forget that sissy base stuff, we went for the full-tilt XRS with the 1.8-liter/180-horsepower I-4 and sport suspension (starting at $18,750). We added killer tunes, especially with the premium AM/FM/six-disc in-dash changer with six speakers costing just a "Benjamin" extra, a set of stylin' 17-inch wheels and tires ($150), and a set of side airbags ($250) should a blue hair miss the turn for the bingo parlor. Bro, out the door with $485 in destination and delivery, this hip new Toyo only cost $19,735!
2003 Toyota Matrix Rear View Hatch Glass Open
  |   2003 Toyota Matrix Rear View Hatch Glass Open
Dude, these things are flyin' off the dealer showrooms, and we never thought we'd get one to test for a year. But our buds at Toyota jacked a Matrix from their fleet, which explains the four grand already on the clock. Knowing Toyo's awesome reliability, we're counting those as break-in miles. So far, we've loaded the seats with our homies and stashed our gig gear in the back, making Friday cruisin' a happenin' deal. Later...
From the logbook
"The 110-volt power point is a nice touch and makes it easy to charge a lap-top or blend smoothies." --Scott Mead
{{{2003 Toyota Matrix}}}
Base price$18,750
Price as tested$19,735
Vehicle layoutFront engine, fwd, 4-door, 5-pass
Engine1.8L I-4, DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
Hp @ rpm180 @ 7600
Torque @ rpm130 @ 6800
Transmission6-speed manual
0-60 mph, sec7.8
EPA mpg22 city/29 highway
Total mileage4847
Average test mpg22.2
Problem areasNone
Non-warr cost$0

POPULAR TRUCKS

Subscribe Today and Save up to 83%!

Subscribe Truck Trend Magazine

Subscribe to:

Truck Trend
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
Subscribe Diesel Power Magazine

Subscribe to:

Diesel Power
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
Subscribe Truckin Magazine

Subscribe to:

Truckin
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
SUBSCRIBE TO A MAGAZINE
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS