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Toyota Matrix prices in Nigeria and its 4 recalls (Update in 2019)

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Popular worldwide but remaining modest as usual, Toyota Matrix prices in Nigeria are surprisingly competitive with used cars starting at just N950,000.

1. Toyota Matrix – the only child of Toyota and General Motors

Toyota Matrix, or often called Toyota Corolla Matrix is the result of co-operation between Toyota and General Motors. NUMMI was the joint venture of two brands, which was responsible for manufacturing Matrix. The model was designed as a compact hatchback, adopting many styling features and mechanical engineering from Toyota Corolla.

a blue Toyota Matrix

Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe were actually the same model

Matrix was released in 2002 and sold in North America till its discontinuation. While Toyota Matrix hit peak in sales, the Pontiac Vibe – the GM version did not gain that much popularity.

Despite following the same automotive technologies, Matrix and Vibe still remain distinctive in certain aspects. The differences lie in the sheet metal as well as exterior trim that marks unique design of each original car brand. However, both products share similar station wagon body style plus emphasis of crossover utility vehicles called CUV fashion by Toyota.

In Nigeria, Toyota Matrix is the most sought-after model in the hatchback/small wagon segment. With its high fuel economy, pliant ride, spacious cabin and great versatility, Toyota Matrix is pretty much everything you could expect from a family-oriented vehicle. Today let's join Naijauto.com and discuss Toyota Matrix prices in Nigeria, see if you can afford this great hatchback from the reliable Toyota.

2. Toyota Matrix prices in Nigeria

Due to the discontinuation in 2014, it’s almost impossible to find brand new Matrix in the market now. Prices of used Toyota Matrix in Nigeria are, meanwhile, surprisingly competitive given the reliable performance of this model.

Toyota Matrix full front look

Matrix production was discontinued in 2014

Buying used Matrix cars should never bother you when staying in Nigeria where Tokunbo or also locally used autos look even much better than the original version.

However, remember to consider carefully all factors that may affect the car price like currency exchange rate, production year, car condition, fuel mileage or custom fees, as well as watch out typical tricks of car scammers.

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Tokunbo / Foreign used Toyota Matrix price in Nigeria

Foreign used Toyota Matrix price in Nigeria
Model Price in Nigerian naira
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2002 price N1.3 million – N2.3 million
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2003 price N1.3 million – N2.3 million
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2004 price N1.3 million – N2.3 million
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2005 price N1.5 million – N2.5 million
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2006 price N1.5 million – N2.5 million
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2007 price N1.7 million – N2.6 million
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2008 price N1.7 million – N2.6 million
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2009 price N2.5 million – N3.5 million
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2010 price N2.6 million – N4 million
Tokunbo Toyota Matrix 2011 price N2.6 million – N4 million

Toyota Matrix opening hood

Used Matrix car prices in Nigeria stay between N950,000 and N4,000,000 (Photo source: The Foat.com)

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Locally used Toyota Matrix prices in Nigeria

Locally used Toyota Matrix prices in Nigeria
Model Price in Nigerian naira
Nigerian used Toyota Matrix 2002 price N950,000 – N1.5 million
Nigerian used Toyota Matrix 2003 price N950,000 – N1.5 million
Nigerian used Toyota Matrix 2004 price N950,000 – N1.5 million
Nigerian used Toyota Matrix 2005 price N970,000 – N1.8 million
Nigerian used Toyota Matrix 2006 price N970,000 – N1.8 million
Nigerian used Toyota Matrix 2007 price N1.3 million – N1.7 million
Nigerian used Toyota Matrix 2008 price N1.3 million – N1.7 million
Nigerian used Toyota Matrix 2009 price N1.7 million – N2.3 million
Nigerian used Toyota Matrix 2010 price N1.7 million – N2.3 million
Nigerian used Toyota Matrix 2011 price N1.7 million – N2.3 million

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3. Toyota Matrix - Important notes

Going through 10 years of modifications, Toyota Matrix cars are divided into 2 generations the former of which was produced from 2002 to 2008.

3.1 The first-gen Toyota Matrix

The first Matrix introduced was built on Toyota Corolla platform as a 5-door hatchback. It was positioned in sports compact segment, using the front engine, available in both front wheel drive and all-wheel-drive layout.

a read Toyota Matrix 2003

The very first Matrix came out in 2002 as a 2003 model

It’s not until 2005 did the first model receive a facelift with styling revision: redesigned fascia, red lenses replacement and upgraded instrument panel.

Matrix came with 2 four-cylinder engine options, including 1ZZ-FE I4 derived from Corolla and 2ZZ-GE I4 from Toyota Celica GT-S. Either automatic or manual transmissions were offered then.

Four models had been introduced in the first gen: no-frills base model; Matrix XR mid-grade trim level; Matrix XRS extra-equipped with anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution as well as cruise control, and M-Theory covered in exclusive “Speedway Blue.”

Matrix XRS was equipped with extra features

3.2 The second-gen Toyota Matrix

The second generation of Matrix was released for sale in 2008 as 2009 model. Pontiac Vibe was simultaneously upgraded but its production soon ended right after. Pontiac brand was also removed out of the automotive industry accordingly.

Back to Matrix, two engine configurations were offered: 2ZR-FE for the standard model and 2AZ-FE for S/ XRS trim grades.

Regarding its safety, all second-gen Matrix came with side torso airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS and EBD. Vehicle stability and traction control was made standard for 2010 models onwards. Matrix also scored high in IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) and NHTSA crash tests.

Toyota Matrix side length

Toyota Matrix ranked “Good” in IIHS crash tests

3.3 Toyota Matrix recalls

In 2008, Toyota with GM announced a large-scaled recall for Matrix and Vibe model years 2003 to 2004. The problem was cited as front door bolts might cause windows to break, but this only applied to power window versions.

In 2010, Toyota had to recall Matrix, and also Corolla, model years 2005 to 2008 for fixing errors in ECM (engine control module).

Once again, two more recalls were published in 2011 and 2012 for other problems related to accelerator pedal and side power windows.

a person driving Toyota Matrix

This carmaker had to issue at least 4 recalls for Matrix

4. What would we say at last?

Those mentioned recalls of Matrix were the solid evidence for the willingness to take responsibility and actions to fix problems, not the indicator of poor performance of Toyota vehicles. They have strived continuously to reflect on their own product though it has already become a big name in the market.

Above is Toyota Matrix prices in Nigeria compiled by Naijauto.com. For more car prices in the local market, please click here!

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Hassana Obi is an automobile writer and editor at Naijauto.com. She prides herself on hundreds of informative and entertaining articles on Nigerian traffic regulations, car prices and celebrity car collections. When Hassana is not writing, she is a teacher and philanthropist.