The Toyota Matrix is very similar to the Pontiac Vibe.
The Mazda 3 has a stiffer ride, and its cabin allows more road noise.
The Kia Spectra5 is a bit perkier and more fun to drive, but like the Mazda 3, it doesn't have available all-wheel drive.
AWD is standard on the Subaru Impreza, which is more expensive and isn't as roomy or fuel-efficient.
However, the Impreza has an attractive interior design for the hatchback and a torquey horizontally opposed engine, along with better safety ratings (the Impreza is an IIHS Top Safety Pick).
Electronic stability control is standard on the Matrix, but not available on any of these other models.
|2009 Pontiac Vibe||2009 Toyota Matrix||2008 Mazda MAZDA3|
|$16,100Browse Used Listings||$16,290Browse Used Listings||$13,895Browse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas L4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Compact Passenger Car||Small Station Wagon||Compact|
|4-Door HB FWD w/1SA||5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (GS)||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Compact Car||5 Door Wagon||4 Door Sedan|