I purchased (ordered) the manual transmission - I love 5 speeds. I love my Matrix because it can carry so much. I went from a pick-up to this and I can still haul a lot of materials. I love the drive, the seats all go down and I like that the back is plastic. I don't even use the cargo net and rear cover but they are nice features. It is very comfortable and I love all the little storage places on the dash board.
The amount of room for hauling. I still miss my pick-up, but for a small car, I sure can haul a lot.
Rubber bumper pads should be standard on ALL models.