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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,735 miles

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2008 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 262010


  • 25,735 miles


On the evening of January 26, 2010, I was driving my 2008 Toyota Matrix and rear ended another driver. Prior to the crash, I had been traveling at roughly 35 mph. There were no other people in my car at the time of the crash. The impact was great enough for the driver airbag to deploy. The rear seats are a 60/40 split; the 60 side held a child's booster seat and the 40 side held a child's carseat. Both sides were locked into place prior to the crash. At the time of the crash, the 60 side flew forward, smashing the booster seat in between the front seat and the, now flat, rear seat. The 40 side remained in place, due to the carseat being locked into place, however when the carseat was removed, I determined that the 40 side of the rear seat was not locked into place, just like the 60 side. Nothing has been done to correct the failure, due to the fact that the car is most likely considered a total loss.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

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