2009 Toyota Matrix XRS 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
I've owned my 2009 XRX Matrix since the 1st one came into the local showroom in Feb 2008.
I get 27mpg in town & 30-35 on the freeway with the 2.4L engine. I'm 6'3" and have plenty of headroom. I love the smart gears which allow me extra power going up hills or lower gearing for the heavy snows. The storage is great and I've gotten lots of compliments on the rear seats. I love the peppiness and get up and go the car has when getting on the freeway.
Yes, there is a lot of road noise and performance tires needed for the XRS trim are more expensive than regular tires and only last 36K-40K miles at the most.
This is a great car. I plan on keeping it a long time.
It would have been nice for the top of the line XRS to have a power seat and for the front passenger seat to have a raise and lower feature same as the driver seat. It can be hard to see out the back due to limited visibility.