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!
LOVE MY MATRIX! Zippy pickup from stop and quite roomy inside (Actually can get two carseats and room for another passenger in between in back seat.) Front seat roomy too as my husband is 6'3" and doesn't mind riding in it. Lots of trunk space and with the cargo cover, also secure. Great gas mileage. Have even used the 110v outlet located in the dash to use my laptop occasionally. Only problem I have had is blowing fuses for auxilliary outlet . . was told by the dealer that Motorolla phone chargers were notorious for this. Only thing I would add is automatic hatch release from keyless entry.
I almost didn't buy this vehicle due to it being bright red, but im very glad I did. It gets great mileage, very roomy, both rear seats fold down to move large objects. The backs of the rear seats and back deck have a rail system built in to secure whatever you are hauling. If you want comfort, economy and performance, this is the vehicle for you.