The Matrix is a Corolla wagon and is very similar to the Dodge Vibe. It has been a fun car to drive. What it lacks in power it makes up for in gas mileage. The interior of the hatch-back trunk is plastic so things can easily slide around. There are nets but we bought a mat that has helped to keep things from sliding around.
The seats can go down in the forward direction. The manual is nice because we did not like the way the automatic shifted gears and it saves more on gas.
The antenna is on the rear roof. This is not a good place if you plan on using a rack.