"I have gone back and forth with this car- whether to keep it or sell it. I'm leaning toward selling it.
For a small car it does feel very spacious but I'm just over 5 feet tall and the visibility is terrible for me. I have to sit on a pillow to see up and over the dashboard. And with the rear being as high as it is I just can't see anything in this car. It handles great but I don't feel safe in it. I think I have just talked myself into selling it... so if you're six foot and interested in a Matrix..."
"I've read some reviews that said the car is gutless. The automatics are, the XRS 6-speed is definitely NOT. I'm glad the teenagers haven't discovered this car. They wouldn't know how to handle the excelleration.
I work on the road and this car has handled the abuse over the last 3yrs wonderfully. I'll buy another when this one wares out, in 10 yrs."
"This has been a great runabout car. I haul everything in it. There are only 2 things I would change. The first would be the ground effects in the front. They are too low and scrape all the curbs. Secondly, I would change the icons on the CD player, they rub off. Besure to get tinted windows if you live in the sunny south."
"we got it new at the end of 02... its reliable, gets 26 mpg (4wd), payed 17-18 grand for it, 120,000 miles and three wheel bearings is all we have had to do to it. complaints now: its SLOW. gettting on it is a must if you want to go anywhere in the thing. its ugly. enough said there... no trunk space, although backseat space is ample."