"I have been very pleased with my Matrix. It gets great mileage and handles well. I have a manual and the small engine doesn't seem to hamper my ability to accelerate into fast moving traffic. With a heavy load, it can have a hard time maintaining high speeds up steep hills, but this only affected me a handful of times and it kept ahead of the speed limit anyway. It feels surprisingly roomy inside. I have been slowly renovating my old house and have repeatedly been impressed with its ability to haul substantial loads with its seats folded flat. I haven't had any mechanical difficulties. This car was definitely a bargain."