well with about 1k miles on it now and 6 weeks of ownership, we are real happy with our choice! the matrix handle well, gets excellent gas mileage and seems to be a well engineered vehicle! in fact i found out that toyota uses the same oil filter on the 1.8 lt that they used on tha 2.2 lt in our camry we owned for 12 years and 200k.
european styling, excellent gas mileage and proven reliability. also toyota engineers make cars that you still can work on and do preventative maintenance on!!
maybe a little more horse power?? say 140/150, but hey it is pretty peppy with the 5 speed man. better stereo. toyota should use alpine or sony??