I traded a Tundra for the Matrix. I thought I would miss the truck. Not at all. This car is amazingly roomy and comfortable. Great fuel economy and pep for a 4 cyl. I have owned Toyotas for over 30 years and will not buy anything else. While you might pay a "little" more than other vehicles, in the long run, you will come out way ahead.
Pep, fuel economy and roominess. I also like the tie down concept for hauling and the rear access.
My only complain is the rear window. Without a wiper blade the window tends to get dirty and during rain it can be a little difficult to see out of from the front rear view mirror. This can also cause some safety issues during heavy rain. My short term cure, use RainX it so it would stay clear.