"just purchased--sept. 2009.
2010 matrix " s " awd with auto trans.
have 700 miles & at last check--am getting 27.5 mpg.
the rear folds flat--i can put in my mountain bike ( w/out taking off the front wheel )
purchased the factory install roof rack. i can carrier ( two ) kayak's .
i live in new england--so , only time will tell--how well the awd works.
everything works well--no problems as yet."
Pros: "reliable, great gas mileage, comfortable, spaceous"
Cons: "hard to find replacement cup holder dividers"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I personally love this car. It's served me well on road trips all up and down the east coast. It's easy with dogs and it holds a LOT more than you would expect. The only issue is it isn't the quietest car on the highway. We're 72k miles in and I would say we really haven't had any issues, knock on wood! The only thing I dislike is the color of the radio system. It's an ugly orangey yellow! Oh yeah, car is awesome on gas mileage. I average about 350-400 miles on 10-10.5 gallons of gas! Oh one more issue! My brother threw out the cup holder plastic divider piece and finding a replacement online is impossible! Don't lose it! I'm sure dealers will charge a bunch."