I recently purchased a 2009 Matrix S. I absolutely LOVE the cargo space & the overall everything of the car. It's my first automatic purchase, & the only automatic I've driven regularly since learning how to drive in my Mom's car when I was 16. So the difference in transmission has definitely taken some getting used to, & I have to say I miss the complete control of a standard. However, the Matrix has a nifty little feature that lets you choose when the car shifts into the next gear, so that helps make up the difference. There are a few blind spots & visibility is less than with my previous cars, so I have to check mirrors & look much more than before. But over all this car is great! Packed it to the gills for a week long camping trip a week after I got it & it's the perfect car for that. Getting ready to move & I anticipate it'll handle moving with no problem too. This is a great all around vehicle, which I anticipate having for years & years to come!
WE HAVE HAD IT ALMOST A YEAR AND ARE VERY HAPPY WITH IT.
I like the looking of Matrix, and the interior seems large because of its height. The gas mileage of my car is about 25mpg (local) and 30mpg (highway). Because it is higher than other sedans, the view is pretty good on the drive seat. The main drawback is the engine noise -- I have to keep turning the radio volume up and down whenever the driving speed changes. The engine doesn't seem to have enough horse power for its weight. So if you are looking for a "fun" drive experience, it's definitely not a good choice. However, it is very convenient car. The interior space is decent, and the rear seats can be totally put down for large luggages.