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.
Toyota Matrix S
2009 Toyota MatrixMusic Maiden - Newport News, VA08/28/2012
Giving up a little gas mileage was worth the extra power of the S version of the Matrix.
04 Matrix XR
2004 Toyota MatrixPatrick - Indianapolis, IN08/30/2007
Excellent car. Very versatile for such a small vehicle, carrying either passengers or cargo. Economical too as it is very good on gas. Given that it's a Toyota, it will no doubt be a quality car for years to come. It also has a sporty look for a hatchback. The XR model has a regular electrical outlet in the dash, one of the most handy additions I've seen in a car. Highly recommended.