2008 Toyota Matrix Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$15,510-$17,820
$14,346-$16,126
25 /CITY / 32 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • No changes from the 2007 model

  • Redesigned 2009 Matrix goes on sale early in 2008
Overview
The Toyota Matrix was one of the first small hatchback/wagon crossovers when it was introduced in 2002 as a 2003 model. Developed in conjunction with General Motors, the Matrix is based on the Toyota Corolla compact sedan and is mechanically identical to the Pontiac Vibe.

The Matrix offers more load-carrying space than a typical compact sedan, according to Toyota, while achieving similar fuel economy. The Matrix has roomy, tall seats and carries five people. Rear seats split and fold to increase cargo room from 21.8 cubic feet to 53.2 cubic feet. The front passenger seat folds flat, too, and the trunk has a hard floor made of washable plastic. Eight tie-down hooks and two cargo nets are standard. As with many SUVs, the rear window opens separately from the rear hatch.

Model Lineup
Sold in Standard and XR grades, the front-wheel-drive 2008 Toyota Matrix includes air conditioning, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD player, a height-adjustable passenger seat and a tire-pressure-monitoring system with dashboard light on all versions. The Matrix XR adds power windows, locks, and mirrors; remote keyless entry; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; remote keyless entry; and a rear wiper. All Matrix models come with 16-inch tires and steel wheels, but 16-inch alloy wheels are optional and the XR includes a 17-inch aluminum-alloy option. Two Extra Value packages include front fog and driving lamps and front and rear underbody spoilers among other features.

As with other Toyotas, the Matrix is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty with 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage.

Powertrain
Now that the 170-hp XRS model is gone, all 2008 Toyota Matrix models are powered by a 126-hp, 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which drives the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. At least 90 percent of peak torque (122 lb.-ft.) is available from 2000 rpm to the 6000-rpm redline.

The 2008 Matrix gets EPA fuel economy estimates of 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway with a manual transmission; 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway with an automatic transmission.

Safety
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test data, the Matrix with side air bags gets a 5-star rating for the driver and a 4-star rating for the front passenger in front crashes, and 5-star rating for the front and a 4-star rating for the rear in a side-impact crash. Dual front air bags are standard. Front-seat-mounted side air bags, 2-row side curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic vehicle stability control (VSC) are all optional safety items, though the latter is available only in conjunction with an automatic transmission.

Technology
A 7-speaker JBL audio system with a 6-disc CD changer is an available option on the 2008 Toyota Matrix. Optitron gauges, which provide brighter illumination, get round, chrome-accented housings.

What Changed for 2008:

  • No changes from the 2007 model

  • Redesigned 2009 Matrix goes on sale early in 2008
Overview
The Toyota Matrix was one of the first small hatchback/wagon crossovers when it was introduced in 2002 as a 2003 model. Developed in conjunction with General Motors, the Matrix is based on the Toyota Corolla compact sedan and is mechanically identical to the Pontiac Vibe.

The Matrix offers more load-carrying space than a typical compact sedan, according to Toyota, while achieving similar fuel economy. The Matrix has roomy, tall seats and carries five people. Rear seats split and fold to increase cargo room from 21.8 cubic feet to 53.2 cubic feet. The front passenger seat folds flat, too, and the trunk has a hard floor made of washable plastic. Eight tie-down hooks and two cargo nets are standard. As with many SUVs, the rear window opens separately from the rear hatch.

Model Lineup
Sold in Standard and XR grades, the front-wheel-drive 2008 Toyota Matrix includes air conditioning, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD player, a height-adjustable passenger seat and a tire-pressure-monitoring system with dashboard light on all versions. The Matrix XR adds power windows, locks, and mirrors; remote keyless entry; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; remote keyless entry; and a rear wiper. All Matrix models come with 16-inch tires and steel wheels, but 16-inch alloy wheels are optional and the XR includes a 17-inch aluminum-alloy option. Two Extra Value packages include front fog and driving lamps and front and rear underbody spoilers among other features.

As with other Toyotas, the Matrix is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty with 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage.

Powertrain
Now that the 170-hp XRS model is gone, all 2008 Toyota Matrix models are powered by a 126-hp, 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which drives the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. At least 90 percent of peak torque (122 lb.-ft.) is available from 2000 rpm to the 6000-rpm redline.

The 2008 Matrix gets EPA fuel economy estimates of 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway with a manual transmission; 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway with an automatic transmission.

Safety
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test data, the Matrix with side air bags gets a 5-star rating for the driver and a 4-star rating for the front passenger in front crashes, and 5-star rating for the front and a 4-star rating for the rear in a side-impact crash. Dual front air bags are standard. Front-seat-mounted side air bags, 2-row side curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic vehicle stability control (VSC) are all optional safety items, though the latter is available only in conjunction with an automatic transmission.

Technology
A 7-speaker JBL audio system with a 6-disc CD changer is an available option on the 2008 Toyota Matrix. Optitron gauges, which provide brighter illumination, get round, chrome-accented housings.
Available Trims for the 2008 Toyota Matrix
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name STD (4dr Wgn Man (Natl)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 15510.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 26/33
Name STD (4dr Wgn Auto (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 16310.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 25/31
Name XR (4dr Wgn Man (Natl)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 16990.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 26/33
Name XR (4dr Wgn Auto (Natl)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 17820.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 25/31
Name STD (4dr Wgn Man (GS)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 15510.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 26/33
Name STD (4dr Wgn Man (SE)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 15510.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 26/33
Name STD (4dr Wgn Auto (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 16310.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 25/31
Name STD (4dr Wgn Auto (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 16310.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 25/31
Name XR (4dr Wgn Man (GS)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 16990.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 26/33
Name XR (4dr Wgn Man (SE)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 16990.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 26/33
Name XR (4dr Wgn Auto (GS)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 17820.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 25/31
Name XR (4dr Wgn Auto (SE)) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 17820.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 25/31
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INTERIOR
  • Fabric seat trim
  • 4-way adjustable front bucket seats w/fold-flat passenger seat, dual map pockets
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear bench seat
  • Carpeted floor covering
  • Dual front door map pockets
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Optitron instrumentation-inc: speedometer, tachometer, LCD odometer, dual trip meters, outside temp, coolant temp, fuel level
  • Direct tire pressure monitoring system
  • Digital clock
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (4) speakers
  • Defroster-linked air conditioning w/air filter
  • Anti-theft engine immobilizer
  • HD rear window defroster
  • (2) 12-volt pwr outlets
  • (2) front/(2) rear cup holders
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors
  • Tonneau cover
  • Cargo nets-inc: (1) side & (1) rear
  • Rear cargo track system w/(8) adjustable tie-down hooks & under-deck storage compartment
  • Driver seat vertical height adjuster
  • Pwr windows w/driver-side auto-down
  • Keyless remote entry w/hatch release
  • (1) 115-volt pwr outlet
  • Illuminated entry
  • Day/night rearview mirror w/map lights
EXTERIOR
  • Aerodynamic multi-reflector halogen headlamps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Black outside mirrors
  • Intermittent windshield wipers w/mist cycle
  • Black door handles
  • Color-keyed pwr outside mirrors
  • Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers w/mist cycle
  • Intermittent rear window wiper
  • Color-keyed side rocker panels
  • Color-keyed door handles
MECHANICAL
  • 1.8L DOHC 16-valve 4-cyl engine w/VVT-i
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent front Macpherson strut suspension
  • Rear torsion beam suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P205/55R16 all-season tires
  • Temporary spare tire
  • 16" x 6.5" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • Engine speed-sensing pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr front ventilated disc/rear drum brakes
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 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
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