Go
2008 Toyota Matrix Photo
7.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE INVOICE
$14,346
BASE MSRP
$15,510
On Quality
The 2008 Toyota Matrix is mediocre as a go-getter, outstanding as a grocery-getter.
7.0 out of 10
Browse Toyota Matrix inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS

QUALITY | 7 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

“worth its weight in gold when it comes to resale”
Kelley Blue Book

“neat touches to make life easier”
Motor Trend

“seats are comfortable for long trips”
ConsumerGuide

“one of the most versatile compact wagons available”
Edmunds

Even if it doesn’t overwhelm with performance, the 2008 Toyota Matrix shines when it comes to value, usability, and utility.

Up front, “the driving position is more upright than in a typical compact car,” says ConsumerGuide. They point out “fine headroom, even beneath the sunroof housing.” Kelley Blue Book considers the “seating to be firm and comfortable, with a height-adjustable driver's seat on the XR trim.”

The rear of the Matrix yields exemplary comfort for its class, with “enough headroom and legroom for two large adults,” says ConsumerGuide, also noting the “tall body minimizes stooping on entry/exit.” “The roomy rear seat sits up high, affording passengers more legroom as well as a good view forward,” points out the reviewers at Kelley Blue Book.

The Matrix interior is full of convenient, useful touches, such as a front passenger seat and rear seats that fold flat, plus a tough plastic load floor. That feature, plus “bountiful small-item storage,” gives the Matrix “fine overall space for the exterior size,” according to ConsumerGuide. It all adds up to “a rather roomy 53 cubic feet of cargo area,” by Kelley Blue Book's ruler, with the seats folded, leading Edmunds to declare it “one of the most versatile compact wagons available for transporting both people and cargo.” Ergonomics are generally judged to be good; Consumer Reports deems “Control layout is simple and logical” and praises an interior that is “tightly assembled with sturdy materials nicely in line with prices.”

Cost-cutting is evident, though, and some interior details trouble reviewers. “The engine is noisy at high rpm” and “none too relaxed in typical highway cruising,” complains ConsumerGuide, who also bring to attention “noticeable wind rush and coarse-surface tire thrum.” A few dislike the dashboard instruments set in deep tunnels surrounded by distractingly bright chrome rings, and Kelley Blue Book points out that “the sweeping rear beltline…can hinder a driver's ability to see small objects that may be close to the rear wheels.”

Conclusion

The 2008 Toyota Matrix is mediocre as a go-getter, outstanding as a grocery-getter.

« Prev: Performance Next: Safety »
Other Choices Read More
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars
Go!
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

 
© 2015 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.