Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,132 - $7,073
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
26 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
118-164
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,132 - $7,073
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
26 City / 32 HWY
Horsepower
118-164
Seats
5

Toyota Matrix Models & Trims

Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

2006 Toyota Matrix Owner Reviews

4.35

80 Reviews

50% 39% 8% 4% 1 star 0%

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Toyota matrix: great car for small families!

Overall, I love this car. It has been a very reliable commuter car for me (I drive 45 minutes to and 45 minutes from work every day). The driver's seat is really adjustable, which makes driving more comfortable (both forward and backward, and up and down) and I feel safer. The engine compartment looks clean and organized, and that makes it easier for me to find what I am looking for, be it motor oil, power steering fluid, or even windshield wiper fluid! The backseat is a good size, and every seat has car seat hooks, which is a huge plus for my family! Probably one of my favorite features is the hatchback. The window opens on its own for quickly throwing things in and out (or if you do not want everything to tumble out the back when you open it!), but the whole thing also opens if you need it to. As for the cons, the seats have sensors to ensure everyone has their seatbelt. This is not a con in and of itself, but the sensors are really sensitive - sometimes my computer bag sets off the passenger seat alarm! They do turn off after about a minute I think. There might be a way to turn this feature off, but I honestly do not mind it too much. However, the beeping drives my husband crazy! As for exterior noise, especially with the top rack on the inside of the car is pretty loud (but it is better with the racks off). I do wish the car got better gas mileage - I get anywhere from 25-28 mpg. Most of my driving is on a highway, but I do live part way up a mountain so I am sure i’d get better mpg if I lived in the nearby valley.

- Kay P

Trusty little matrix, but lots of issues as she gets old.

My matrix has been a trusty little car. She fits four comfortably, five is a squeeze. I love the hatchback and trunk space. It is a great road trip car! The size of the car is a plus as well-- I can park in tight spaces, or be crooked and still within the lines so that is great! She has been very reliable for the past 12 years. . As far as issues go, she loses hubcaps a lot. They do not stay on the wheels right. I have a friend with the same model and she has the same problem, so it is not just me. She idles pretty hard, and makes a loud purring sound, even just sitting at stop lights. As my matrix is now 12 years old and over 200,000 miles we have started having issues. Most recently, it would jerk a lot when you brake and then try to accelerate again (for instance, exiting the freeway, and then trying to speed back up again, she would jerk probably 5 or 6 times. They said this was a cylinder misfire and were able to fix it. She's also had issues with the spark plugs and the battery is slow to start when it is below about 35 degrees outside. . Mostly all the issues are because she is old and worn. I cannot complain too much. It has been a great car for a very long time.

- Catherine S

A nice reliable car that does the job.

It is fairly reliable and works great. Never had any major issues other than the small things like oil changes, new tires, etc. As long as you keep up with your vehicle nothing bad should happen. Everyone knows Toyota is great brand and holds up well and the vehicle I own stands up to that. The seats are very comfortable and the interior is alright. Nothing too fancy, it is a cheap and good gas mileage car so you should not expect anything too great but the car does the job. I would recommend the car to anyone else who is in the market for a nice and reliable car.

- Chance B

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$5,122 - $7,073
$4,132 - $6,105

Horsepower

Horsepower
118 - 126 hp
118 - 126 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.8L DOHC 16
1.8L DOHC 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows
Optional

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.8 in.
41.8 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.9 - 40.6 in.
38.9 - 40.6 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.3 in.
36.3 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.3 - 39.8 in.
39.3 - 39.8 in.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
102.4 in.
102.4 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.8 ft.
36.8 ft.

Length

Length
171.3 in.
171.3 in.

Width

Width
69.9 in.
69.9 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2679 - 2943 .lbs
2701 - 2965 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
118 - 126 hp
118 - 126 hp

Torque

Torque
115 - 122 ft. lbs.
115 - 122 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
150 .lbs
150 .lbs

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
11.9 - 13.2 gal.
11.9 - 13.2 gal.

Combined

Combined
13 - 16 mpg
13 - 16 mpg

City

City
26 mpg
26 mpg

Highway

Highway
31 mpg
31 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Optional
Optional

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional
Optional

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
Not Tested

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety