Toyota Matrix 2010 model in Nigeria: Price (updated 2020), Specs, Interior & Engine

Feb 06, 2020

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Toyota Matrix 2010 model - phased out but still loved in Nigeria

If sedans are known as compact and elegant vehicles, hatchbacks are actually a more practical, flexible sport wagon. Boasting sporty silhouette, a somewhat aggressive stance, and a rakish roofline, the Toyota Matrix 2010 model is one of the most popular hatchbacks in Nigeria.

You may know that Toyota has discontinued this hatchback in 2013 due to its declining sales. However, Naijauto.com still brings you a comprehensive Toyota Matrix 2010 model in Nigeria review with the hope of appeasing Matrix lovers and those who have long been waiting for the coming up of a new generation Toyota Corolla Matrix.

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1. Toyota Matrix 2010 Prices in Nigeria

The fair price of Toyota Matrix 2010 in Nigeria of Toyota Matrix 2010 for sale in Nigeria range from ₦1,200,000 to ₦3,300,000 depending on the condition, specifically: 

  • Nigerian used Toyota Matrix 2010 price in Nigeria: ₦1,200,000 - ₦1,950,000

  • Tokunbo (foreign used) Toyota Matrix price in Nigeria: ₦2,300,000 - ₦3,300,000

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You are probably a Toyota fan if you are reading this. Get more great Toyota for sale car deals here. You may also look at an extensive list of Toyota car prices in Nigeria. Note that the  price of Toyota Matrix 2010 model in Nigeria may change based on factors like location, condition or even common Toyota Matrix 2010 problems found in the model you are buying.

2. Toyota Matrix 2010 model lineup

For the second generation, Toyota started offering more trim levels for the Matrix in the US and Canadian market in 2008. Besides the base version, the XR is the top-of-the-line trim level of the car in Canada and the S model is for the U.S.

Angular front of a Toyota Matrix 2010 model

For the second generation, Toyota offers more trim levels of the Matrix for the US and Canadian markets

In this article, we will give a deep insight into the US market version Matrix with base trim level and top-spec - the Matrix S. The S edition comes equipped with more advanced technology, more standard features and also a more powerful engine. Meanwhile, the base trim has a kit of basic features that are said to be enough for your daily needs. All about the two trims will be revealed below.

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3. Toyota Matrix 2010 Exterior

At first glance, the Matrix has a sporty and handsome look, a true  crossover utility vehicle. The first generation is based on a crossover’s design while the second gen inherits some refinements of the Corolla with a sportier and lower appearance than its predecessor. The Matrix’s front fascia is almost no different from the Corolla. However, the sides are quite high and prominent and the rear pillar is chunky, giving it a unique look from every angle. The roof looks couple's style, which eclipses a bit of the hot hatch’s beauty. For a verdict, the Toyota Matrix boasts a sporty silhouette, an aggressive yet attractive stance, and a lecherous roofline.

Front fascia of a Toyota Matrix 2010

At first glance, the Matrix gets a sporty and handsome look

Angular rear of a Toyota Matrix 2010

Angular front of a Toyota Matrix 2010 

The sides are quite high and prominent and the rear pillar is chunky, giving it a unique look from every angle

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4. Toyota Matrix 2010 model Interior

4.1. Cabin space

Although it is well-known for its impressive exterior, it is less refined and comfortable when it comes to the Toyota Matrix 2010 interior. Still, the car is highly appreciated for its versatility and daily practicality. The Matrix is shaped as a small and classic hatch equipped with foldable rear seats.

The seats seem to provide less support for both the driver and passengers than most models in the market. In detail, the flat cushions are not very comfortable especially for those who have greater height and weight on long trips. However, for the quicker and shorter trips, the tilt/telescopic steering wheel and the seats still bring enough comfort with sufficient adjustability.

Toyota Matrix 2010 interior

For the car seats, they seem to provide less supportive functions for both the driver and passengers than most on-market models

In the back, the rear row provides 3 seaters, but in fact, it is just enough for 2 average-sized adults. The hatch can also offer more cabin space by folding the rear seating row to house up more luggage and stuff.

Toyota Matrix 2010 cago space

The hatch also offers a spacious cabin space as it can be widened by folding the rear seating row

The interior is simple and solid with matte-metallic and hard plastic wrapped material for most parts of the dashboard. However, the feel is far from a luxurious and high-end interior although the central control layout for the driver has its own simple charm.

To be fair, the dashboard looks a bit sportier and more eye-catching than the previous model year, but its fully-covered matte-metallic and plasticky surfaces make the car look somewhat outdated, plain and drab.

Toyota Matrix 2010 dashboard

The interior is simple and solid with matte-metallic and hard plastic wrapped material for most parts of the dashboard

However, when it comes to the driving experience, the Toyota Matrix 2010's center portion of the dashboard supporting and the large rotary control for climate control brings a little more adventurous driving experience compared to Toyota Corolla.

Toyota Matrix 2010 odometer

The odometer is also covered by hard plastic

4.2. Infotainment system

Bluetooth connectivity is added to the Toyota Matrix 2010's not so long list of standard features. Although the Matrix has a higher price tag than the Toyota Corolla, it seems that this stylish hatch is equipped with just basic features, and doesn’t offer so many options for the driver and passengers.

The base Toyota Matrix 2010 model has cruise control, power windows and mirrors, and air conditioning which as standard features. Meanwhile, the S trim comes with a fuller package including additional fog lamps, an upgraded sound system and keyless entry. The Matrix S is also armed with a Sport Package consisting of body skirting, a rear spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Toyota Matrix 2010 audio streaming

Since 2013, the base trim has been updated with an all-new sound system with audio streaming

Since 2013, the base trim has been updated with an all-new sound system with audio streaming, a six-speaker system with satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free calling and iPod connectivity. Meanwhile, the S version has been added a 6.1-inch touchscreen.

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5. Toyota Matrix 2010 engine and performance

​5.1. Toyota Matrix 2010 Engine

The Toyota Matrix 2010 engine is different in the two trim levels. The base model gets a 1.8 L 4-cylinder engine which is capable of dishing out 132 hp, while the S version is powered by a more powerful motor - the 2.4 L with a capacity of 158 hp. Before 2006 the engine was based on the  Toyota Celica 2ZZ-GE engine.

The S version runs with an all-wheel-drive or AWD powertrain, combined to a 5-speed automatic transmission, while the base 1.8 L works with a 4-speed automatic gearbox. You can also opt for 5-speed manual transmission for both trim levels.

Toyota Matrix 2010 engine

The base model gets a 1.8 L 4-cylinder engine

5.2. Toyota Matrix 2010 Performance

Looking at the Matrix specs, one should expect better performance in handling capacity than the Corolla's. But actually, it is not very satisfactory as it has a dull and light steering wheel that doesn’t bring enjoyable experience. However, it has a bit firmer suspension than the Toyota Corolla..

Unlike other hatchbacks which come with a torsion-beam arrangement, the Toyota Matrix S version comes with a rear double-wishbone suspension setup, but it doesn’t create much more exciting feel.

But compared to other small cars, the hatchback offers a quite good ride with except for its road noise and the coarse.

Toyota Matrix 2010 on the road

Compared to other small cars, the hatchback offers a quite good ride 

Like the Toyota Prius, the Matrix also receives the fondness of Toyota as it is designed to optimize its gas mileage. However, the car is not really appreciated for its fuel economy, aerodynamics, gear ratios or weight, which is not as good as usually seen in Toyota models.

On city roads, the base trim guzzles 26 mpg and 32 mpg on the highways. Meanwhile, these figures of the S trim are 21 mpg and 28 mpg respectively.

And since the 2.4 L is combined with a 4-speed automatic, it reaches just 20 mpg on city roads and 26 mpg on the expressway.

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6. Toyota Matrix 2010 model: Safety feature

​The 2010 Toyota Matrix is a relatively safe car, with good scores in crash tests and a list of safety features that is comparable to other models in the compact car segment.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the Matrix as 'good' in frontal, side and rear impact. While the Corolla gets a Top Safety Pick, the safety feature package of the Toyota Matrix 2010 model is quite good though not outstanding. It includes front side and side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes.

One thing drivers should consider is that the visibility on the rear can be a bit limited due to the rather narrow window entrance, particularly for those who have a great height.

The 2010 Toyota Matrix on the road

The 2010 Toyota Matrix is a relatively safe car, with good scores in crash tests and a long list of safety features

7. Toyota Matrix 2010 Specs

Toyota Matrix 2010 Specs
Quick Specs
Gas Mileage 26 mpg City/32 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 1.8L
EPA Class Small Station Wagon
Style Name 5dr Wgn Man FWD (GS)
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Station Wagon
Transmission 5-speed manual transmission
Dimensions
Vehicle
EPA Classification Small Station Wagon
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2865
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.3
Second Hip Room (in) 43.7
Front Head Room (in) 40.5
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2
Passenger Capacity 5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 114
Second Head Room (in) 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 59.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.5
Liftover Height (in) - TBD -
Wheelbase (in) 102.4
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.9
Height, Overall (in) 61.0
Length, Overall (in) 171.9
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 19.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 61.5
Fuel Economy
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32
Performance Specs
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 132 @ 6000
Displacement 1.8L/110
Engine Order Code NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 128 @ 4400
Fuel System EFI
Engine Type Gas I4
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73
Trans Type 5
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31
Clutch Size (in) - TBD -
Drivetrain Front  Wheel Drive
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.17
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA
Trans Description Cont. Manual
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.89
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.31
Trans Order Code NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.25
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA
Brake Type  Pwr
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.1
Steering Type Pwr rack & pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.0
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/55R16
Spare Tire Order Code NA
Front Tire Order Code NA
Spare Tire Size Temporary
Front Tire Size P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Size (in) Temporary
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Material - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.79
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.94
Safety Features
  • Air Bag-Frontal-Driver
  • Air Bag-Frontal-Passenger
  • Air Bag-Side Body-Front
  • Air Bag-Side Head-Front
  • Air Bag-Side Head-Rear
  • Brakes-ABS
  • Child Safety Rear Door Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Traction Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Stability Control
Other features
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes w/electronic brake distribution 
  • Vehicle stability control-inc: traction control w/off switch
  • Daytime running lights
  • Front advanced airbags w/occupant classification sensor
  • Front seat side-impact airbags
  • Front & rear side curtain airbags
  • 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts for all positions -inc
  • LATCH lower anchors & top tether anchors
  • Child-protector rear door locks
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Direct tire pressure monitor

Is it truly goodbye?

Unfortunately, on August 5, 2013, Toyota announces that the Toyota Matrix would be phased out in the US market after the last production due to decreasing sales and there was no alternative for this hatchback.

One year later, the Canadian market followed by putting an end to the 2014 Matrix model year without producing any 2015 model.

Toyota kept selling a series of compact hatchbacks for the North American market through the Scion brand. On September 1st, 2016, the Scion brand was transferred to Toyota. And the Toyota Corolla iM is chosen to the Matrix’s successor for the 2017 model year.

Angular front of a Toyota Matrix 2010

The Toyota Matrix 2010 has been phased out

All in all, the above good things about the Matrix are strong reasons why this versatile and practical car is so popular on Nigerian roads. Although we can’t expect to welcome a new generation of the Matrix, it is still not a bad idea to purchase a Toyota Matrix 2010 model at a good price in Nigeria, for those who fall in love with this hot hatch. Apart from Toyota Matrix 2010 price in Nigeria, in this article, other Toyota Matrix for sale deals can be found here on naijauto.com

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