I got this car right before leaving for college, and it did a great job. It's extremely spacious--I needed to pack it up full when I left for college several states away, and it fit more than one woul...
I got this car right before leaving for college, and it did a great job. It's extremely spacious--I needed to pack it up full when I left for college several states away, and it fit more than one would expect without a problem. Even fulled loaded down, I got great highway mileage--once going 350+ miles on a single tank of gas. It gets good city mileage, too and I often will go a few weeks without needing to get gas, even when I drive a lot.
I lived in several places with harsh winters, and it always warmed up quickly and kept the heat in. Same with A/C in the summer--got cool quickly and stayed cool.
I've had only one small problem (A/C drain hose detaching and draining into the passenger floorboard), and it wasn't a mechanical issue and was easily fixed with a wet vac and a 10-minute trip to the shop.
My Matrix has been run down a 12 ft ditch in the snow and nothing about it was affected--the mechanic was shocked when he said that my alignment was still perfect. I've driven it on dirt roads, icy highways, in 6+ inches of snow, heavy rain, you name it. This car has handled them all in stride.
The instruments are easy-to-read and easy-to-use. Lights on/off, windshield wipers, everything is very easy.
Overall, my Matrix has never failed me and I very highly recommend it, especially as a first car and for college.