I owned a porsche 911sc and this thing is nearly as fun to drive but unlike the 911 you can drive it with 4 passengers and all their luggage. This car does everthing you want it to do, it can be a mule and a racehorse all at the same time. I looked at a lot of cars (civic Si, Impreza, mazda 3s) and this was the best in nearly every category; passenger space, speed and handling, reliability (can't beat the japanese), looks. If you are in the market for a car like this you HAVE to drive the matrix to make a fully informed decision. I drove my XRS across the country last summer(CA to PA), through 104 heat, rain for 12 hours at a time and my back wasn't sore and the car never missed a step.
handling (firestone firehawks for summer, Blizzaks for winter), powerport, useability, looks, engine... I LOVE THIS CAR.
The fuel economy is not stellar (I avg about 25mpg) but for what you get this car can't be beat. Would've liked to have an extra 50hp, iPod attachability (I added my own aftermarket unit), bluetooth integration, heated seats