My 2008 matrix is prefect for me. I do a lot of my work from my car, and the fold down passenger seat acts as a table for my computer. It handles will on the highway and get ok mileage per-gallon.
2010 Toyota MatrixSally - Park Forest, IL04/01/2015
I would recommend it with reservations. I recently drove a Ford Escape while my little buddy was in the hospital after an accident. It was a much bigger car and less fun to drive, but got equal mileage on my commute. I think a better transmission would make this car perfect for me.
Matrix does everything for you
2009 Toyota MatrixAnonymous Matrix Driver - Manassas, Virginia05/22/2010
I have owned my matrix for about 5 years now. I bought it brand new. It gets about 32-35 MPG. I have the 5-speed manual transmission and it's fun to drive. For hauling stuff it's great because I've put 25 bags of 2 cubic foot bags of mulch in the back without problems. Once you fold down the back seats the car is like driving a small truck. It can take all the beatings and weight and keeps running. Great size for small families. I am also 5'10" and it has a lot of room for the driver and passengers. It does have more leg room than a Tahoe