Notes: The Toyota Matrix is the mechanical twin of the Pontiac Vibe.

Both models were a joint GM-Toyota venture, manufactured together at a NUMMI production facility in Fremont, CA. Only the heating & A/C systems are different.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,166 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Toyota Matrix brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 122010

Matrix 4-cyl

  • miles


2006 Toyota Matrix. Consumer states brake failure the consumer stated when he attempted to apply the brake, the vehicle failed to slow down. The consumer veered to the right, but consequently he rear ended another vehicle. The vehicle continued its course, even though the consumer was applying the brake. Finally, the vehicle came to a stop after continuing on for a half block.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 132007


  • 14,000 miles
My son bought the 2006 Toyota Matrix in 2006. In 2007 my son was driving very slow and hit the car infront of him. He never has had an accident and no tickets. His car was damage, a total of $6,429.41 was fix at ron's autobody & paint Inc. 1314 N. closner, edinburg, tx 78539 because he found out he didn't have full coverage, he only had liability and knew the dealership would charge more. We never took the time to find out if the car had acceleration or brakes problems. The car has acceleration& brake problems because my son said the brakes didn't response & car kept on going, and he says the brakes still don't response quickly and I myself drove the car last year and I press the brakes and car just kept on going and I was going slow to stop on a yellow light and received a ticket by mail, I had a clean record. I did call frank smith Toyota and I was told we would be charge to look at it and afraid they will charge us too much money. Our son is still driving the car. He does drive very slow to go to work. He has 3 childrens that he has as passengers. Don't know what to do. Hope it doesn't happen again. I think the dealership should look at it without charging.

- Mercedes, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 282009


  • 14,850 miles
On 12/28/09, as I started to brake for a red light, my car unintentionally accelerated while I had my foot on the brake pedal. I was able to slow down by braking hard, but the brakes started to smoke. I turned the ignition key to off, and when I turned it on again the problem went away. Nothing was holding down or interfering with the gas pedal as this problem occurred?not the floor mat, not any clothing or part of my shoe. I am an experienced driver who has never had an accident. My car received major scheduled maintenance from a Toyota dealers service department just about a week before this incident. I brought it back to the dealer on 12/29; the mechanic said he could find nothing wrong with the car and could not duplicate the failure.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

May 052009


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Matrix. While pulling out of a parking lot at an unknown speed, the brakes failed and the vehicle would not stop. The contact applied the emergency brake to avoid a near crash. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the contact was at fault. The repair cost more than $600. The current mileage was 21,000 and the failure mileage was unknown. Updated 07/28/09. Updated 07/30/09.

- Whitebear Lake, MN, USA

problem #2

Jan 042008

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,143 miles
This is the second time the engine control unit failed and been replaced on the 2006 Toyota Matrix. The car had just received a very thorough 30,000 mile checkup and there were no causes for the failure. This failure is extremely dangerous and it almost cost me my life. The ECU spontaneously quit while in the high speed lane, at 6:30 pm pitch dark, in heavy commuter traffic in the boston beltline of rt 128. The brakes were as hard as concrete, and the car decelerated so fast that I could not change lanes and I was left with an electronically dead car in the high speed lane - at night. I called the state police.

- Hamilton, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 212006

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
- the contact owns a 2006 Toyota Matrix. While driving on 12/21/06 in heavy traffic at 5 mph heard a knocking sound. The contact stopped the vehicle and observed that the tire failed and that the sidewall was damaged. The contact was certain that he didn't hit anything to cause the tire to fail. The contact placed a spare tire on the vehicle and drove it to the dealer. The dealer advised him to call the tire manufacturer and file a complaint. Sears informed the contact that the tire failure was due to road hazards. The contact stated that the road conditions were good.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

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