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2007 Toyota Matrix

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2007 Toyota Matrix Review

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Once considered revolutionary, the Toyota Matrix is now joined by a fleet of competitors attempting to copy the little wagon's combination of versatility and sporty good looks. Copy-cats may better be able to compete now that Toyota has discontinued the Matrix's high-output 16-valve engine and optional all-wheel drive. Then again, few rivals can match the Matrix's outstanding quality and customer satisfaction ratings, not to mention its terrific resale value. Holding strong appeal with teenagers bent on customizing every inch of their cars, the Matrix's radical exterior is complimented by its highly versatile interior, which includes eye-catching glowing red gauges, a hard plastic cargo floor and a 115-volt outlet.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're on an economy-car budget, but you want something sporty and versatile, the Matrix deserves a good long look.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The four-cylinder engine has to rev high to make the most of its power, and some buyers might not be comfortable with that. With the loss of all-wheel drive, the Matrix has little advantage over newer, more powerful five-door models such as the Mazda Mazda3 and Volkswagen Rabbit.

What's New for 2007

The sporty XRS trim has been discontinued, as has the all-wheel-drive option.

Driving the Matrix
Driving Impressions

The competent 1.8-liter engine can move the Matrix with ease, though you will have to keep the revs high in the rpm band to get the most of the engine's...

... power. The standard five-speed manual transmission is the most helpful for this task, though you can opt for the four-speed automatic if you're not enamored with rowing your own gears.

The Matrix's precise steering feel makes it easy to get around curves with confidence, and the firm suspension displays good cornering ability without a punishing ride. Interior sound levels are higher than one might expect, but not annoyingly so. Besides, we suspect most younger drivers will never hear the din over the optional JBL Audio system.

115-Volt Outlet
The 115-volt outlet on the XR's dash should be standard in every car.

JBL Audio w/ Kicker Sub Woofer
If you like your music loud and your bass thumping, this system is sure to please.

2007 Toyota Matrix Details
Interior

Look inside the Matrix and you'll find a detailed interior that blends black cloth, chrome trim rings and brushed aluminum into pure automotive art. Gauges are housed in four deeply-recessed binnacles that are constantly backlit in a deep red glow. You'll find the Matrix's seating to be firm and comfortable, with a height-adjustable driver's seat on the XR trim. The roomy rear seat sits up high, affording passengers more legroom as well as a good view forward. When not loaded with passengers, the Matrix's seats can be folded flat to create a rather roomy 53 cubic feet of cargo area. Laptop junkies will love the two-prong 115-volt outlet standard on the XR.

Exterior
2007 Toyota Matrix photo

The Matrix is based on the Corolla platform and shares its chassis and powertrain with the Pontiac Vibe. The Matrix is a bit more futuristic in appearance than the Vibe, with flared ground effects panels, sweptback headlamps and a narrow rear window. The sweeping rear beltline makes for narrow rear side windows that can hinder a driver's ability to see small objects that may be close to the rear wheels. The large hatchback makes it easy to load the cargo hold and, on the XR trim level, includes a rear wiper/washer. A number of aftermarket parts, both from Toyota and external suppliers, make it easy to customize the Matrix without having to spend a small fortune.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Matrix includes a 126-horsepower engine, five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, rear defroster, front and rear cup holders, illuminated entry, dual remote control mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, tilt wheel, tachometer, cargo cover and full wheel covers. The XR adds power mirrors, 115-volt outlet, power windows, power locks, remote keyless entry and a rear wiper/washer.

Optional Equipment

Options include cruise control, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), front side-impact airbags, power glass moonroof, four-speed automatic transmission, auto-dimming rearview mirror, alarm, rear wiper/washer, anti-lock brakes (ABS), JBL audio and a number of dealer installed security and protection packages.

Under the Hood

The high-reving four-cylinder is peppy and fuel-efficient - exactly what most buyers are looking for. Although not big on torque, the 1.8-liter can move the Matrix with ease, so long as the car is not loaded with passengers or climbing steep hills.

1.8-liter in-line 4
126 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
122 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 30/36 (manual), 29/34 (automatic)

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2007 Toyota Matrix Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 561 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Bought new in 2003 I have loved it since

By on Saturday, July 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 171,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Very reliable. great on gas."

Cons: "At 2003 it seems out dated."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I love my Matrix. Owned it since 2003 and have not had any major issues. I got over 171000 on it since July 15 2016 and it purrs like a kitten. I am thinking of trading it in but I am too attached to it. A fellow who is from Puerto Rico tells me that they love these cars there, They hookem up for racing. The 1.8 engine is very popular. Super reliable. I just hate to let it go. OK that's it I am keeping it and giving it a fresh pain job and I am going to give it a fast and furious look and park it in my garage. LOVE IT !!!"

My favorite!

By on Friday, May 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,950

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great gas, lots of trunk space and compartments"

Cons: "No arm rest, airbag recall"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car used in 2008 and have not had any major issues with it. It eats snow for breakfast and the only things I have had done is regular oil changes, new battery three years ago, new tires. I use it mostly for local driving for my job and I did want a Corolla wagon and this works just fine for me. I wish Toyota still made them! A friend liked mine so much she bought the newest model."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Original owner. New tires and brakes.

By on Monday, May 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,153

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nicely maintained. Clean inside and out."

Cons: "Small paint chips."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Original owner. New tires and new brakes 6 months ago. Recent oil change and air filter. Dark blue color. This was my wife's car and mainly driven back and forth to work. No rust. Waxed once a year. Oil changes every 3000 to 5000 miles. Kept in garage. Currently has 122,153 miles."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

309K miles and still chugging

By on Sunday, February 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 309,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Extremely relieable, great value, good pep / mpg"

Cons: "It's not a Corvette."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"At 309,000 miles I've only had a few mechanical issues; muffler, serpentine belt, and oil pressure switch (just recently). I change oil and other required fluid religiously. I try to wash it as soon after it's taken on salt from a snowfall. Basically, I take care of it and it pays big dividends. The exterior paint looks fantastic...no rust. Due to robust steel, door dings are minimized. The interior looks more like 3-5 yrs old; not 11 years. The fabric on seats has worn extremely well. This car has always had very good pep. My daughter drives a 3 yr old Fit and my 11 yr Matrix will clobber her Fit from a dead-stop. I would highly recommend buying one of those Matrix's for sale with 100K to 150K miles as long as the owner can prove they've taken care of it."

12 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Love, love, love my Matrix!

By on Monday, February 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great gas mileage, unbelievable cargo space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is a honey! I've been driving it since October, 2005, when it was new. It has proven dependable, even in Wisconsin's harshest winters. It handles well, is pretty comfy for what it is, and has the most amazing cargo space for a car it's size. You will not believe what will fit back there! And it gets great gas mileage. My husband scoffed when he first saw the Matrix, but he has become a believer. He is 6', and a bit hefty, yet has more than enough head and shoulder room. I can't say enough about the Matrix...it is great value for the money, well built...and is really cute, too!"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I have loved my Matrix

By on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 131,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "affordable, fuel efficient, utilitarian"

Cons: "Not a sporty vehicle"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have had my 2004 Matrix for over 6 years now. I have loved this car and I am disappointed that newer version of the Matrix don't quite live up to the model I own. It is about time for me to get something a little newer. I am hesitant because this Matrix has been so reliable, fuel efficient, and utilitarian for my needs."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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