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2003 Toyota Matrix - Expert Reviews


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2003 toyota matrix Professional Edmunds Review
Source: Edmunds

...It also gets good gas mileage and is clean enough to warrant an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) rating. The four-wheel-drive model has a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) rating and makes slightly less power (123 hp). A four-speed automatic is the only transmission available with 4WD, while front-drive cars can also be ordered with a five-speed manual. The front-drive XRS is the sportiest trim. It comes standard with a 180-hp engine, four-wheel disc brakes and a six-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is also available. Toyota isn't skimpy with the wheel packages: All Matrix models...

2003 Toyota Matrix Overview
Source: CarGurus

...The 2003 Toyota Matrix is available in three trim levels: the standard, the XR, and the XRS. The standard and the XR share the same engine with the Corolla, a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder with 130 horses. All-wheel drive knocks the horsepower down to 123, while the XRS gets 180 horses. Upgrading to the XR gets power windows, mirrors, and locks; a remote key fob; and a rear wiper, while the top-of-the-line XRS comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, anti-lock breaks, and a six-speed manual transmission. The XRS is available only in front-wheel drive. Fuel economy is about 29-34 miles per gallon.Some...

2003 Toyota Matrix Professional Review

...The XR adds power windows and door locks, keyless entry, a sport steering wheel and a vertical seat-height adjuster. A four-speaker CD stereo is standard, but the XRS gets a six-speaker cassette and CD system. Maximum cargo volume with the seats folded down is 53.2 cubic feet. Under the Hood The standard and XR editions get a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 130 hp; models equipped with 4WD generate 123 hp. Working with variable valve technology (VVT-i), the engine meets Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) requirements. Either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual...

2003 Toyota Matrix
Source: MSN Autos

...The other engine is a 1.8-liter Corolla 4-cylinder that produces 123 horsepower in the 4-wheel drive Matrix and 130 horsepower in the front-drive trim. The higher-horsepower rating should be for the 4-wheel-drive version because that version is heavier. Best Engine for Daily Use However, with either power rating, the Corolla engine puts out nearly as much torque as the hot-rod engine and is better suited to daily, in-town driving. However, it's lazy with an automatic transmission. And don't try quick passes on the highway with it, especially if you're in a 4-wheel-drive Matrix. Both Matrix...

2003 Toyota Matrix Professional Review

...? Corolla. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine carries over from the previous Corolla, but engineer tweaks boost horsepower from 125 to 130. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but a four-speed automatic transmission is available. Gas mileage will be 32 mpg (city) and 40 mpg (highway) on manual-transmission models. Increases in wheelbase (from 97 inches to 102.4 inches) and overall length (174 inches to 178.3 inches) mean more room for passengers. Rear leg room, for instance, grows from 33.2 to 35.4 inches. The trunk is bigger, too. T yota notes an improved suspension, bigger brakes...

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