2007 Toyota Matrix XR 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
At the risk of sounding like all the rest, this car is fun to drive. It's a great car for the practical value- seeker that wants a decent level of extras without settling on an "econo- box". The XR sport package gives it just enough style to stand-out and satisfy the sport-minded. Mind you, the true sports-car enthusiasts aren't even looking at this car...this is a car for the person that wants a basic car with a little bit of everything and an emphasis on fuel economy. I've been getting 34mpg in my 1st 4500 miles on a 70-mile/day commute in mixed traffic conditions.
Tight steering, peppy pick-up. Comfortable seating. Super cargo versatility. Moonroof and ventilation are very good. I'm sensitive to claustrophia and this car feels open and airy. Quiet compared to my former Honda CR-V.
Rear cargo area needs a standard rubber mat to prevent cargo sliding and scratches. Seat fabric is a bit rough. The addition of the moonroof reduces head clearance a bit. I'm 5'11" and don't have a problem but a coworker is 6'1" and comes close to brushing the moonroof opening. MP3 jack needed.