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:
20,567 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2010 Toyota Matrix brakes problems

brakes problem

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2010 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 212015

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Matrix. While exiting the freeway, the vehicle accelerated without warning. The contact depressed the brake pedal to the floor, but the brakes failed to stop the vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and then to a collision lot. The vehicle was totaled. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 152013

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Brakes are scrubbing harshly when weather is damp. Had it inspected at leith Toyota in raleigh, nc and was told that was normal for this car. Two months ago in wet cold high altitude there was extreme scrubbing of front wheel brakes, again was inspected and told that brakes were good and would probably need new pads at next inspection. This scrubbing started about 6-8 months after we purchased it new.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 282013


  • 18,700 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Matrix. The contact stated while driving 35 mph, he heard a loud noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the brakes, and rotors needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 18,700 and the current mileage was 18,775.

- Highland Heights, OH, USA

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