2003 toyota Matrix

2003 toyota matrix: Toyota started shipping its new youth-focused Matrix to dealers in February 2002 as an early 2003 design. Described as a crossover energy lorry, the Japanese automaker claims the Matrix incorporates the functionality of a sport utility vehicle with the picture and efficiency of a sports car, yet it's as budget friendly as a subcompact car. "Young buyers want cars that are high in photo and also high in functional energy," says Don Esmond, general supervisor of Toyota Department.

Due to its sensible wagonlike configuration, cars.com places the Matrix hatchback-- and the very closely relevant Pontiac Ambiance-- in the wagon group. Styled by Toyota's CALTY Layout Workshop in Newport Coastline, Calif., the four-door Matrix complies with the firm's street-performance utility motif.

High clearance and adaptable seating settings are amongst the Matrix's unique features. Three trim degrees are readily available: criterion, the step-up XR and the high-performance XRS. The standard and also XR models might be equipped with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). The XRS sporting activity version comes just with FWD and also loads an extra 50 horsepower as well as a six-speed-manual gearbox-- a powertrain obtained from Toyota's Celica GT-S sport coupe. The Matrix is produced in Ontario, Canada.

2003 toyota matrix


The Matrix's fundamental look most appears like a little wagon-- a body design that seems making a modest resurgence. Although the platform is brand-new, it resembles the one utilized by Toyota's preferred subcompact Corolla car. Hints of the sporty Lexus IS 300 appear in the Matrix's front end. Toyota states the "edge-web" body panels have sharp surface area edges, but they display rounded weblike shapes planned to generate solid, streaming character lines.

Common tires determine 16 inches in diameter, and also the XR as well as XRS could have optional 17-inchers. Alloy wheels are optional on the requirement and also XR versions, as well as they are basic on the XRS, which likewise features fog lights, a front spoiler and also a rear underbody spoiler.


The Matrix seats 5 residents, and also the rear seats fold right down to create a level floor. A sliding track in the cargo floor can be adapted to hold different way of life accessories. The motorist faces deep-set Optitron assesses, as well as a navigation system is optional.

Basic equipment includes cooling with an air filter, power mirrors, recurring wipers and a cargo cover. The XR includes power windows and door locks, keyless entry, a sport guiding wheel and also an upright seat-height insurer. A four-speaker CD stereo is standard, but the XRS obtains a six-speaker cassette and also CD system. Optimum freight volume with the seats folded up down is 53.2 cubic feet.

Under the Hood

The requirement as well as XR editions obtain a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 130 hp; designs equipped with 4WD generate 123 hp. Dealing with variable shutoff modern technology (VVT-i), the engine meets Ultra Low Emissions Lorry (ULEV) needs. Either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission can be installed.

Readily available only with FWD, the XRS brings a 180-hp variation of the 1.8-liter engine and a close-ratio six-speed-manual gearbox. Toyota's 4WD system has no center differential however makes use of a viscous coupling. If any kind of wheel slips, as much as HALF of torque goes to the back wheels.

Safety and security

Antilock brakes are common in the XRS and also optional in the criterion as well as XR designs. Side-impact airbags are supplied as an alternative.

Driving Impressions

The Matrix is well constructed, well developed as well as elegant, but early drives generated a somewhat undesirable surprise for a Toyota item: sound. It is quiet sufficient while travelling, yet the 130-hp engine yielded considerably a lot more sound compared to a Corolla during acceleration, emitting a growly and nearly whiny noise. Roadway sound is additionally noticeable. The base engine in models outfitted with the automatic transmission isn't loaded with oomph. Gear changes are recognizable yet not troublesome.

Stability is good, and also it's simple to keep the Matrix on program. Guiding with more precision and also much less wheel resonance compared to the Corolla, it still falls a bit except promoting, though the XRS is a lot more improved.

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

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