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Avg. Price Paid: $15,721 - $18,209
Original MSRP: $19,275 - $22,415
MPG: 26 City / 32 Hwy
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2013 Toyota Matrix Interior

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The 2013 Toyota Matrix has a lot of standard features for an affordable small car, but reviewers are not impressed with the Matrix’s interior quality. Some test drivers also mention that the front and rear seats don’t offer enough legroom for adults. They agree that the Matrix has plenty of cargo space.

  • "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 Nissan Cube or Scion xB. This could certainly be a good thing for many buyers, but either way, it's backed up by simple controls and decent materials." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "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 (2012)
  • "My family of four fit comfortably in the Matrix -- even my kids in boosters in the back." --Cars.com (2009)


While reviewers like that the Matrix’s tilt and telescopic steering wheel and seat adjustments make it easy for drivers to find a comfortable position, they think that tall adults won’t have enough legroom. One reviewer notes that rear visibility is poor. Reviews of the rear seats are mixed. Some test drivers think that the second-row seats have enough space for adults, while one says the rear seats don’t offer enough legroom.

  • "Although not cramped, the Matrix hatchback offers front- and rear-seat legroom slightly smaller than the segment leaders, the rear seat being the biggest offender. The Matrix's front seats place their occupants up high, giving the feeling of driving a small SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Legroom is limited for taller drivers due to the seats' lack of rearward travel. The tilt and telescopic steering column and driver-seat height adjuster are comfort-enhancing standard features, though the tall doors and tapered roof line impart a slightly closed-in feel. Visibility is poor to the rear corners." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "For rear passengers, a tall, deep bench seat is inviting for children and adults alike. As with most small Toyotas, taller drivers may be a bit squished behind the wheel, but those of average height should be fine." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Toyota says the seats sit slightly lower than before, but I still found the driver's seat high for a compact car. Headroom is good in both rows (I'm about 6 feet tall, and my test car did not have the optional moonroof)." -- Cars.com (2009)

Interior Features

The base 2013 Matrix has a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a USB port and Bluetooth. A six-speaker touch-screen stereo is optional. A navigation system isn’t available in the Matrix.

One reviewer notes that the Toyota Matrix's interior controls are very easy to use, and test drivers add that the climate controls are large. The Matrix doesn’t have as many optional features as its classmates. Its list of standard features is class-competitive, but a lot of the Matrix’s rivals, such as the Kia Forte, can be equipped with a navigation system and a rearview camera.

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  • "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 (2012)


The Matrix has 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 49.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Reviewers are happy with the amount of cargo space the Matrix offers. Its cargo area is one of the largest in the class, and they appreciate its flat load floor. They also like that it has a lot of interior cubbies and a large glovebox.

  • "Fold down the rear seats of the 2013 Toyota Matrix hatchback, and the flat cargo floor can hold a bunch of camping gear, back-to-college supplies or boxes and books for moving day." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside, there's a respectable amount of cargo capacity behind the rear seats, yet folding both the second row as well as the front passenger seat down expands that capacity with a truly flat floor to near-compact SUV dimensions." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "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 (2012)
  • "Storage space, too, is impressive, with cubbies upon cubbies and a massive glove box." --Car and Driver (2009)

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