2008 Toyota Matrix Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Speedway Blue Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,637 - $8,321
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
25 City / 31 HWY
Horsepower
126
Seats
5

How 2008 Toyota Matrix Ranks In Its Class

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#12
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#1
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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Toyota Matrix If...

If you're on an economy-car budget, but you want something sporty and versatile, the 2008 Toyota Matrix deserves a good long look.

Toyota Matrix Models & Trims

chevronDown icon STD $5,637 - $7,648
Horsepower: 126 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
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Horsepower: 126 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
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Owner Reviews

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Extremely reliable vehicle for families.

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Since owning the car from January 2016 to now, I must say that I am entirely pleased with how it has performed thus far. The car was owned by my grandmother 5 years before me and is wonderful on gas mileage. After a couple of minor wrecks, minimal repairs have had to be made. It is a perfect family car.

Virginia S
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Good cheap college car, lacks power.

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My Toyota is sturdy, reliable and pretty spacious. I have had very little maintenance concerns, and the concerns I do have are mostly cosmetic (i.e.. Missing hubcaps, rear view mirror falling off, bumper/heat shield becoming loose). I do wish it had more features, such as AWD or heated seats.

Madeleine D
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Easy to drive, just needs a new stereo.

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There is no port to hook up my phone so I can listen to songs. But I love that it is easy to drive, close to the ground, and compact. It also has a lot of room for people and objects. I live in a area where it snows so it is not the best for those terrains of snow and rough roads.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$5,637 - $7,648
$6,108 - $8,321

Horsepower

Horsepower
126 (hp)
126 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.8L DOHC 16
1.8L DOHC 16
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
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Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

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.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Steel

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/55R16
P215/50R17

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.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2679 - 2756 (.lbs)
2745 - 2822 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
126 (hp)
126 (hp)

Torque

Torque
122 (ft. lbs.)
122 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
150 (.lbs)
150 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.2 (gal.)
13.2 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
29 (mpg)
29 (mpg)

City

City
26 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
32 (mpg)
32 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

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Safety Features

  • Driver & front passenger advanced airbags w/occupant sensor
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions, front belts w/adjustable shoulder anchors
  • Emergency locking retractor (ELR) on driver-side seatbelt, automatic/emergency locking retractors (ALR/ELR) on all passenger seatbelts
  • Child-protector rear door locks
  • Child Restraint System (CRS)-inc: lower anchors & top tether anchors
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Daytime running lamps *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (3)

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Equipment > Other > Labels Oct 1, 2009
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 1, 2009
NHTSA Campaign:
10V036000
Summary:
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2009 SIENNA PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 AND JUNE 2, 2008 WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
Consequence:
A DRIVER MAY OVERLOAD A VEHICLE WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION (ADDENDUM) LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA AT 1-954-420-2000.
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Equipment > Other > Labels Jan 26, 2010
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 26, 2010
NHTSA Campaign:
10V035000
Summary:
GULF STATES TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2010 VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 AND JUNE 2, 2008 WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
Consequence:
THIS DOES NOT MEET THE STANDARD REQUIREMENTS.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE CERTIFICATION LABEL, THE TIRE AND LOADING INFORMATION LABEL, AND THE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION (ADDENDUM) LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. DEALERS WILL ALSO CORRECT THE OWNER'S MANUAL. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GULF STATES TOYOTA AT 713-580-3300.
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Engine And Engine Cooling Aug 26, 2010
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 26, 2010
NHTSA Campaign:
10V384000
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2008 COROLLA AND COROLLA MATRIX VEHICLES. THE ENGINE CONTROL MODULE (ECM) FOR THE SUBJECT MODELS EQUIPPED WITH THE 1ZZ-FE ENGINE AND TWO-WHEEL DRIVE MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED. THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT A CRACK MAY DEVELOP AT CERTAIN SOLDER POINTS OR ON VARISTORS ON THE CIRCUIT BOARD.
Consequence:
HARSH SHIFTING COULD RESULT, THE ENGINE MAY NOT START, OR THE ENGINE COULD STOP RUNNING WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE PRODUCTION NUMBER OF THE ECM AND REPLACE THE ECM IF NECESSARY. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. TOYOTA WILL MAIL AN INTERIM OWNER NOTIFICATION THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER 2010 TO ADVISE OWNERS OF THIS DEFECT AND RECALL. THIS INTERIM NOTIFICATION WILL INFORM OWNERS THAT THEY WILL RECEIVE A FUTURE NOTIFICATION WHEN PARTS BECOME AVAILABLE TO HAVE THE FREE REMEDY PERFORMED ON THEIR VEHICLE. A SCHEDULE HAS NOT BEEN SET FOR THE FUTURE NOTIFICATIONS. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.

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