I love my Toyota Matrix. I have been wanting a smaller car with better gas mileage, and I found it! It is a cute car that has plenty of space for my kids...one of which is 6' 2". I am very happy with my car.
I went into the dealership ready to buy a Camry when I saw the Toyota Matrix in the showroom. I was looking for a car around $16,000 and provided good gas mileage. What made me buy the Matrix was its good gas mileage and practicality. I often have to deliver luggages from the airport and with the back seats down, this hatchback can easily fit in about 8 bags. I was surprised to find I could put skiis in the back, the room is that big. The car handles well and its acceleration is good for a 4 cylinder. I am appreciating the good gas mileage and it it is stylish. For someone 6', the car is very easy to get in and out of. I would have liked to have more leg room. I find I can't quite stretch my legs out like in other full size cars. I've had this car for 2 months now and so far it appears to have been an excellent purchase for the money.
I have an older car (almost 18 years old) with a V8 that was no longer practical for longer journeys. I had to search for something I found as acceptable in a smaller car, which was not an easy task since I was used to the comfort and power of my V8 classic beauty. I needed roominess, but not a huge SUV, and I wanted something with 4 doors and something with seats that would lay flat (I have dogs, and needed room for bigger purchases, etc) and my Classic car was a 2 door sports sedan which was a challenge to put dogs or anything too big in the back seat. This is where the Matrix shines! It has the roominess of a small SUV (I used to own a Honda Passport, and it has the same versatility) but it's sporty looking, not like a family bus or something! It has a great looking dash, lots of features (cruise, rear wiper, power windows, doors that lock when the car is put into gear, safety side airbags and more). This particular model has AWD which some people complain it causes them not to get the mileage they are looking for. Well, after driving a V8 gas guzzler, I think this gives me the two things I was worried about when buying something smaller: responsiveness and great acceleration! It's crucial when interstate driving to have quick acceleration without lag. If it costs me a few extra miles per gallon, I prefer the safety of being able to merge into traffic at a safe speed rather than chugging along saving a little gas. I'm getting great mileage so far. I've only figured out city driving (not straight highway driving) and I'm getting 24mpg. That is much better than the 14-16 I got with my V8. I am pleased that the Matrix has all the features I needed and the power to go along with it. It looks great too! So sporty and it turns on a dime. Great for fitting into small parking spaces, U-turns, and quick maneuvers.