The base price of the test car was $19,330. Options included the all-weather package, premium AM/FM with six-disc, tilt moonroof, floor mats, bumper protector and cargo mat The sticker price was $20,345. Warranty
Three years or 36,000 miles. Point: Matrix is a small car capable of holding five people or plenty of gear. It is as practical as a small SUV, yet drives like a compact sports sedan. The XRS has 180 horsepower, a six-speed gearbox and gets good fuel mileage. Counterpoint: The West Coast-oriented styling that may take a while to catch on in the Midwest. Selecting reverse is a bit awkward, but that is intentional so drivers won't mistake it for first. SPECIFICATIONS:
Engine: 1.8-liter, 180-hp 4-cyl.
Transmission: Six-speed Front-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 102.4 inches
Curb weight: 2,800 lbs.
Base price: $19,235
As driven: $20,345
Mpg rating: 25 city, 30 hwy.