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:
24,267 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 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

Nov 082011


  • 5,800 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Matrix. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic stop, the vehicle exhibited an abnormal increase in engine rpms. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the dealer could not duplicate the problem. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure persisted. The failure mileage was 5,800.

- Columbia, SC, 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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