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STYLING | 6 out of 10
Kelley Blue Book
“urban people-mover look”
Car and Driver
“styling is a bit long in the tooth”
The 2008 Toyota Matrix is a tall-wagon (or so-called crossover) model that’s closely related to the Pontiac Vibe and based on the Toyota Corolla sedan. With a completely redesigned Matrix expected for the 2009 model year, the 2008 Matrix carries over with no significant changes.
The 2008 Toyota Matrix is a cleanly styled and interesting design, if perhaps a bit too familiar at this point in its life cycle. A mechanical twin of the co-developed Pontiac Vibe, Toyota stylists went for a smoother, tidier look compared to the Pontiac’s body cladding and roof rack. “The Matrix is a bit more futuristic in appearance than the Vibe,” feels Kelley Blue Book, while Car and Driver likes its “clean tin top that accentuates the rearward slope in the roof.” However, Motor Trend comments that the Matrix’s “styling is a bit long in the tooth.” A newly styled version is available for the 2009 model year.
Inside, you’ll be greeted with “a detailed interior that blends black cloth, chrome trim rings and brushed aluminum into pure automotive art,” says Kelley Blue Book. They indicate that the Matrix holds strong appeal with “teenagers bent on customizing every inch of their cars,” but perhaps they are thinking of sister brand Scion.
Funkier and more utilitarian than fresh, the 2008 Toyota Matrix soldiers through its last year in current guise.