2011 Toyota Matrix at the Chicago Auto Show

2011 Toyota Matrix

  • Competes with: Hyundai Elantra Touring, Mazda3 hatchback, Subaru Impreza  
  • Looks like: Not much has changed since 2010  
  • Drivetrain: 132-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder or 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; five-speed manual transmission; four- and five-speed automatic transmissions  
  • Hits dealerships: Spring 2011 

The Toyota Corolla received a mild refresh for the model year, so it’s not surprising to see the 2011 Toyota “Corolla” Matrix getting the same treatment.

For the 2011 model year, the Matrix gets slight aesthetic upgrades to the exterior and interior, as well as some wholesale reshuffling of trims and standard features.

Let’s start off with what hasn’t changed — the powertrains. The Matrix still comes with a standard 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder mated either to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. S trim vehicles still come with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with either the same manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on the S trim. Gas mileage is rated the same at a maximum 26/32 mpg city/highway.

There are very few physical changes to the Matrix’s exterior. The S trim gets new front and rear bumper designs (that’s the one in the photos), that feature underbody spoilers. The base Matrix has new steel wheel designs, and there are new 17-inch alloys available on the Matrix S.

The interior on all Matrix models receives a few more enhancements than the exterior, but the updates are subtle. There’s a new LED gauge cluster, a metal-plated garnish outlining the air vents, a new radio unit and new seat fabric. There’s also a new flat-bottom steering wheel, the same one on the Corolla and the Scion tC.

The 2011 Matrix loses a trim — there’s just the base and S, no more XRS — and there are more standard features, but at an extra cost. The Matrix comes standard with an all-weather package, power windows with driver-side auto down, power door locks, cruise control, color-keyed power heated side mirrors, daytime running lights, auxiliary audio jack, CD/radio with automatic sound leveling, air conditioning, folding tonneau cover and an engine immobilizer.

A brake override system was added to the list of safety features this year; it wasn’t available on the 2010 model.

A lot of features in the 2011 Matrix are new to the standard roster, and the base starting price, $18,545, reflects the increased cost of those features; the 2010 Matrix started at $16,700.

Overall, Toyota says prices increased anywhere from $505 for the S all-wheel-drive model to $1,875 for the base trim with an automatic. T

he Matrix will arrive at Toyota dealerships this spring. More pricing info is included below.

2011 Toyota Corolla Matrix Price (2010 Price)  

  • Base with manual transmission: $18,545 ($16,700)  
  • Base with automatic: $19,385 ($17,510) 
  • S with manual: $19,265 ($18,610) 
  • S with automatic: $20,455 ($19,800)  
  • S all-wheel drive with automatic: $21,415 ($20,910) 
  • XRS: deleted ($20,920) 
  • Destination: $760 (same)



















very subtle changes. it kinda reminds me of the old subaru impreza

Amuro Ray

This should be a goner...unless it's selling like hot cakes. Can't tell, since Toyota doesn't release Matrix's figures.

Where else is this being sold? I only know of Canada and Mexico. It was a major sales flop in Japan.


I can't stop to like cars like this


My Mom has a red Matrix and loves it. So far it has 124,000 miles on just regular maintenance. It's a big step up from the Malibu Maxx that kept breaking down on her.

I am expecting a quiet death for this one soon. We don't sell many of them and we have the similarly sized Scion wagons and the Yaris 5 door. I don't see the need for it and I don't think anyone else does either. In the mean while Toyota send us some diesel Tacomas and Camry SE V6 with a manual tranny option (and auto climate)


I'll admit to liking it before the update, but like GM, toyota is still trying too hard to play it safe design wise.


This was shown at the Montreal Auto Show last month, along with the new 2012 Hyundai Accent in both 4 and 5 door bodystyles and the new Kia Sportage SX. You guys should watch it more closely, you'd get a few more scoops out of it!

Derrick G

Why in the world is a 2011 model being revealed in mid-Feb. 2011 and won't be on sale until Spring from a company that isn't in any real financial trouble and that didn't bother to make any significant changes?


i hadn't really noticed how useless those rear corner windows seem. you would think they would have made them a little bit bigger...


Somehow, it looks more like the previous generation Mazda 3 5-Door.


Hey, the 1990's called, it wants its automatic transmission back!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Toyota fans really ought to understand how people kept buying GM in the 80's and 90's.

Toyota is really trying hard to get the sales back. I am not sure if this 2011 matrix is really safe.

I'm very fond of like this cars.I can't stop liking it...

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