2003 toyota Matrix

2003 toyota matrix: Toyota began shipping its new youth-focused Matrix to dealerships in February 2002 as a very early 2003 version. Referred to as a crossover energy lorry, the Japanese automaker says the Matrix incorporates the performance of a sport utility vehicle with the photo as well as efficiency of a cars, yet it's as cost effective as a subcompact sedan. "Young customers want cars that are high in picture as well as high in practical energy," says Don Esmond, basic supervisor of Toyota Department.

Due to its useful wagonlike setup, cars.com positions the Matrix hatchback-- as well as the very closely relevant Pontiac Vibe-- in the wagon classification. Styled by Toyota's CALTY Layout Studio in Newport Coastline, Calif., the four-door Matrix adheres to the firm's street-performance energy style.

High headroom as well as versatile seatsing positions are among the Matrix's special qualities. 3 trim levels are offered: requirement, the step-up XR and the high-performance XRS. The requirement as well as XR designs may be furnished with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). The XRS sport model comes just with FWD and also packs an added 50 horsepower and also a six-speed-manual transmission-- a powertrain borrowed from Toyota's Celica GT-S sport sports car. The Matrix is created in Ontario, Canada.

2003 toyota matrix


The Matrix's standard look most resembles a small wagon-- a body style that appears to be making a small return. Although the platform is brand-new, it's similar to the one used by Toyota's prominent subcompact Corolla car. Hints of the stylish Lexus IS 300 appear in the Matrix's front end. Toyota states the "edge-web" body panels have sharp surface area sides, however they present rounded weblike shapes meant to generate strong, flowing personality lines.

Standard tires measure 16 inches in diameter, as well as the XR and also XRS can have optional 17-inchers. Alloy wheels are optional on the requirement and also XR versions, and also they are basic on the XRS, which additionally showcases haze lights, a front spoiler as well as a back underbody looter.


The Matrix seats five residents, and also the back seats fold up completely down to produce a level flooring. A sliding track in the cargo flooring can be adjusted to hold different way of living devices. The motorist deals with deep-set Optitron assesses, and also a navigating system is optional.

Basic devices includes cooling with an air filter, power mirrors, intermittent wipers and also a freight cover. The XR adds power doors and windows locks, keyless access, a sport guiding wheel and also a vertical seat-height insurer. A four-speaker CD stereo is basic, but the XRS obtains a six-speaker cassette and CD system. Optimum freight volume with the seats folded up down is 53.2 cubic feet.

Under the Hood

The criterion and also XR editions get a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that creates 130 hp; models equipped with 4WD generate 123 hp. Dealing with variable shutoff innovation (VVT-i), the engine meets Ultra Low Emissions Lorry (ULEV) demands. Either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission can be set up.

Offered just with FWD, the XRS carries a 180-hp variation of the 1.8-liter engine and also a close-ratio six-speed-manual transmission. Toyota's 4WD system has no facility differential yet utilizes a thick coupling. If any kind of wheel slides, as high as 50 percent of torque goes to the back wheels.


Antilock brakes are conventional in the XRS as well as optional in the requirement and also XR models. Side-impact airbags are used as an option.

Driving Impacts

The Matrix is well built, nicely made and trendy, yet very early drives created a somewhat unpleasant surprise for a Toyota product: sound. It is quiet sufficient while cruising, yet the 130-hp engine generated considerably a lot more audio than a Corolla during velocity, emitting a growly and also practically whiny noise. Roadway sound is likewise obvious. The base engine in designs equipped with the automatic transmission isn't really filled with zest. Gear adjustments are recognizable however not troublesome.

Stability excels, and it's simple to keep the Matrix on training course. Guiding with even more precision and much less wheel resonance compared to the Corolla, it still drops a little bit short of stimulating, though the XRS is more fine-tuned.

Despite a sunroof, front clearance is great. Rear seat area beats the Corolla's, and also there's a whole lot more clearance compared to the reduced roofline recommends. Since the navigating system does not have a touchscreen, it's not as easy to use as some systems on the market.

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