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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,800 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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2010 Toyota Matrix brakes problems

brakes problem

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2010 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 152011

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles


Brake pedal suddenly felt soft as if there was air in the brake line. Brake only worked when you pumped fast. Otherwise the pedal would go down to the floor. I took the car to the dealership, they verified the complaint, and fixed the problem for free. They replaced the master cylinder and fluid. Brakes were fine until 3 weeks ago, April 23, 2012. Exactly the same happened, thank goodness as I was driving slowly. Took the car back in and they acknowledged the problem. They concluded it was a faulty part. They replaced the master cylinder again (covered by warranty) and the brakes were fine again. Then today, May 9, 2012, the brakes failed again, exactly the same problem, thank god no accident. My car is in the shop again so I don't know yet what their conclusion is. The scary thing here is that this is the third time the brakes failed within 6 months. Have you had complaints like this before" has there been a recall" I appreciate your consideration and look forward to your response. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #4

Nov 152011

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Corolla matrix. The contact stated that the vehicle would exhibit an abnormal noise when driving 5 mph and below while applying the brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where the dealer advised the contact that the rear brakes were rusted and a small pebble was lodged in the passenger side brake assembly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times for repairs but none of the repairs corrected the failure. The failure mileage was 4,000 and the current mileage was 8,000. Updated 02/15/12 updated 02/17/12

- Saint Marys , PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012010

Matrix 4-cyl

  • miles
2010 Toyota corolla. Power brake assist. Delay or lag when applying brakes when applying the brakes, the pedal would have a soft spot with no reaction and then become responsive.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #2

Jan 042010


  • 71,000 miles
Brakes do not work (no brake force to wheels) first second of braking when cold in humid weather conditions for example after standing still overnight in temperatures between 0 and 10 C. have happened repeatedly and is unsafe for example at crossing other road. This is second vehicle of this model with same problem and dealer have not managed to fix. My vehicle is in europe and model is avensis but I believe you need to investigate as this brake system is probably used also in usa on us cars.

- NorrkÖPing, 00, USA

problem #1

Jan 102010


  • 25,000 miles
Two problems, 1) accelerator is hard to modulate when starting from a stop, will go at higher speed than wanted. 2) once in a while when coming to a stop, the brakes feel like they pulse, or the vehicle just hit a small patch of ice when there was no ice. A weird feeling. I don't know if the car actually goes a few feet further than I wanted it to or if there is just a pulse that makes you feel that way.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

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