I've only driven my new 2008 manual transmission basic Matrix 200 miles but as of this moment, it's my favorite car I've ever had. It just feels like the "perfect fit". I guess it's really too early for me to say much but so far, so good. I like the way it drives. I like the looks of the inside and outside. I like the amount of visibility it has. The seats are firm but very comfortable on the back. I test drove a Honda Fit Sport and was surprised at how much more I like the Matrix.