Great gas Milage 29.5 in the city, Excelent cornering, smooth ride. The only problem I have had with it is the Birds seem to want to white wash my red car.
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 bought our daughter a Toyota Matrix in 2003 and it has never been in the shop expect for recommended maintenance. She made 3 trips to Texas (1000 mi. each) without a glitch and the gas mileage is great. The reason I decided to buy a Matrix 2008 is that you sit up somewhat higher than in a sedan; when I turn to get out of the car, my knees are at 90 degrees so I don't have to push myself up - I simply stahd up. For someone with bad arthritis, this was a real plus. I splurged and got one with a sunroof, 4 CD player and power everything. Finally, the storage space is great - be sure to purchase containers for your groceries to prevent them from rolling around. The Matrix is not the lap of luxury - it's a great-looking car with excellent mileage and reliability. Check "Consumer Reports" for more data.