Economical, comfortable, and easy to get in and out for a smaller vehicle. For around town and highway driving the power is sufficient. I am happy with that since more power will sacrifice economy. The fold down seating allows for more hauling capability. It has roomy and comfortable back seating.Also the sound system is good. One thing I don't like is the clutch pedal has to be pushed all the way to the floor to start the vehicle.
I like the styling of the vehicle, its comfortable seats and ease in getting in and out compared to other vehicles we looked at before we bought the matrix.
I would change the clutch pedal so it was not necessary to push to the floor to start. I would also make it easier to turn off the "maintenance required" light which goes on every 5,000 miles to remind you to change oil. You have to drive to the shop to have a mechanic do it now.