in 2012 Hatchbacks

Avg. Price Paid: $14,052 - $16,111
Original MSRP: $18,845 - $21,715
MPG: 26 City / 32 Hwy
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2012 Toyota Matrix Interior

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The 2012 Toyota Matrix’s cabin looks cheap, has a sparse list of standard features and front and rear seats that are tight for adults. Cargo space is good, though not class-leading. 

  • "My family of four fit comfortably in the Matrix -- even my kids in boosters in the back." -- Mother Proof
  • "All Matrix models look built to a price. Padded surfaces are virtually non-existent; even the front center armrest is un-cushioned plastic. Many panels have an attractive-enough molded-in grain, but the dashboard is dominated by smooth, silver-painted plastic that looks and feels cheap." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside the cabin, the Matrix has a significantly edgier ambience than other Toyotas, but doesn't go quite as far as the funky cabins found in the Scion xB or Nissan Cube. This could certainly be a good thing for many buyers, but either way, it's backed up by simple controls and decent materials." -- Edmunds


Reviewers say taller drivers will probably feel cramped in the Matrix. However, the standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel might make it easier to find a comfortable driving position. Adults who climb into the back seat may have a hard time getting there, but once inside, they should have enough headroom, though knee space may be limited for some. Three children, however, should fit comfortably in the rear row.

  • "There is enough legroom for two large adults, but knee space gets tight with front seat backs reclined. Headroom is generous for 6-footers. The seat is a bit too firm for optimal long-distance comfort. The doors could open wider and need broader thresholds, but the tall body minimizes stooping on entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Tall drivers might feel cramped." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers dislike that the 2012 Toyota Matrix doesn’t come with a lot of standard features. The base model has standard air conditioning, power windows and door locks and a stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. A moonroof, satellite radio, a USB port with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth are a part of the premium package on the S trim.

Though the Matrix doesn’t have many standard features, reviews find that the controls are easy to use. In particular, the climate control knobs are simple.

  • "Intuitive controls." -- Edmunds
  • "The gauges are brightly lit, but indistinct markings on the speedometer sometimes require a second look away from the road. The center portion of the dashboard is canted toward the driver, but not enough to prevent outside light from washing out the radio display. Climate controls are large, accessible dials." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Base model sparsely equipped." -- Cars.com


The Matrix has a good amount of cargo space, with 49.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded and 19.8 with the rear seats in use, though that’s less than what competing hatchbacks like the Honda Fit offer. Still, reviewers aren’t disappointed with the amount of cargo space the Matrix offers and appreciate its flat load floor.

  • "Cargo space is fine overall, given Matrix's exterior size. The cargo floor is covered in plastic that, while durable looking, causes items to slide easily." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Fold down the rear seats of the 2012 Toyota Matrix hatchback and its flat cargo floor can hold a bunch of camping gear, back-to-college supplies or boxes and books for moving day." -- Kelley Blue Book

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