2008 Toyota Matrix XR 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
I have put 15k on my matrix already in 5 months. We have been up and down the east coast, including snow in the Adirondacks this November. I have camped out of it on several occasions. This vehicle is a very reliable and versatile machine. I recommend it to anyone. Competes with any Subaru, if it isn't better. I have carried canoes, bikes, kayaks and skis. It handles well even fully loaded.
The ability to get it off road because it has a small wheel base. I have driven around mudholes and rocks where others needed 4x4.
They already have with the all-wheel drive in 09 model.