Feb 06, 2020
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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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
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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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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.
At first glance, the Matrix gets a sporty and handsome look
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
The odometer is also covered by hard plastic
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.
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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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.
The base model gets a 1.8 L 4-cylinder engine
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.
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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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 is a relatively safe car, with good scores in crash tests and a long list of safety features
|Toyota Matrix 2010 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|
|Body Style||Station Wagon|
|Transmission||5-speed manual transmission|
|EPA Classification||Small Station Wagon|
|Base Curb Weight (lbs)||2865|
|Front Shoulder Room (in)||53.3|
|Second Hip Room (in)||43.7|
|Front Head Room (in)||40.5|
|Second Leg Room (in)||36.2|
|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|
|Track Width, Front (in)||59.8|
|Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)||69.5|
|Liftover Height (in)||- TBD -|
|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 Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)||13.2|
|EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)||26|
|EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)||32|
|SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM||132 @ 6000|
|Engine Order Code||NA|
|SAE Net Torque @ RPM||128 @ 4400|
|Engine Type||Gas I4|
|Trans Description Cont. Again||NA|
|Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)||0.73|
|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|
|Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)||10.8|
|Disc - Front (Yes or )||Yes|
|Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)||NA|
|Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)||10.2|
|Disc - Rear (Yes or )||Yes|
|Brake ABS System||4-Wheel|
|Drum - Rear (Yes or )||NA|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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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