The Matrix replaced a 2001 Dodge minivan. We hoped to retain cargo flexibility, improve gas mileage, vehicle handling and reliability. With care in packing, the Matrix had ample camping room using a 10 c.f. soft carrier pack on the roof. Skis can be stored inside or on top. Gas mileage has averaged 30 mpg combined; 32 mpg- highway. The car is quiet, steering responsive, holds the road, suspension somewhat stiff, solid feel overall. For its weight, engine, and transmission combination, acceleration is quite good. Seating is comfortable with ample back seat room. The more I drive it, the more I appreciate its subtle qualities. A car to buy for long term value and not for instant gratification
Dashboard layout; cargo capacity with folding split rear seats. I like the stick shift, but mistakenly drove the 1st 900 miles in 3rd gear rather than Drive; a mistake corrected after reading of manual. Anti-lock brakes and side curtain airbags provide piece of mind. Like the exterior style.
Wish there was more clearance between the frame and road, and better rear visibility. The radio reception could be improved. The roof rack style and weight capacity limits its functionality without buying an expensive carrier system.