I didn't think I could find a vehicle
with SUV space and economy car mileage
but the Matrix has both. It's fun to
drive, although a little slow to
accelerate. Passenger room is generous
and the seats fold down easily to fit
lots in the back. I'm glad I got the 5-
speed because my kids can't borrow it!
The two-way sunroof is wonderful - it
makes the interior seem even more
roomy. I love the design - I've been
told it looks like a space ship!
Visibility in the back corners is poor
because of the way the windows angle
up. I had a few close calls with cars
in my blind spot until I got used to
I really notice the lack of
acceleration on all but a slight hill.
Engine needs more power or something.
The second I laid eyes on this car I
knew it was going to be the one. It
was one of only two cars I test drove;
I needed to look no further. Manual
transmission won out in the end. It
offers a better feel of control as
well as power. I get nothing but
positive feedback and compliments on
my car. Everyone I know really likes
it. I love it!
six disc in dash cd changer,
electrical outlet 120v, leather/suede
interiour, amber lighing, sun roof
tilts as well as slides, spacious,
fold down seats, keyless entry, and
If you think you want an SUV but you
know that you'll spend 99% of your time
on paved roads and you only need room
for 4 or less passengers, then you owe
it to yourself to look at a Matrix.
Seats 4 adults comfortably with plenty
of leg and headroom. Rear seats and
front passenger seat fold completely
flat for hauling cargo. Friends who
have driven my Matrix comment on 1) the
excellent driving position and 2) the
ease at which the manual transmission
shifts. Look folks, it's simple: at
$2+ per gallon of gas these days you'd
be fuelish to pass up on an opportunity
to save big $ annually at the pump, not
to mention the $ you'll save vs. the
cost of an SUV.
Great value for your money! Upright
driving position, joystick-like ease of
shifting, cargo capacity, excellent
crash test scores, FUEL ECONOMY.
Front bumper should be raised an inch
or two to avoid scraping on curbs. By
the way, I disagree with those who say
that the engine is noisy. You can
really only hear the engine upon
acceleration. If you want quiet, spend
another $20K on a Lexus.