The Matrix remains very attractive for its combination of roomy interior, versatile cargo space, and fuel efficiency, while its city-friendly size broadens its appeal.
Aside from the nearly identical Pontiac Vibe, the Scion xB is another vehicle with trusty Toyota mechanicals; it affords an impressive amount of space, while offering fuel efficiency that’s almost as good as the Vibe and Matrix.
Also, the Kia Spectra5 is an economical five-door hatchback model that’s definitely more fun to drive than the 2008 Toyota Matrix, though it might not be as spacious inside.
The Dodge Caliber is another distinctive-looking possibility; it offers some impressive features, such as tailgate speakers, but it has a rather loud interior and isn’t as comfortable inside.
And if you’re willing to go up a little bit in size, the Subaru Forester might fit your needs.
It’s more of a sport-utility vehicle, but it’s the small SUV with the most carlike driving position, and it’s one of the best-handling and easiest to park among them.
|2008 Toyota MatrixBrowse Used Listings||2009 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2009 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge CaliberBrowse Used Listings|
|25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Small Station Wagon||4WD Sport Utility||Small Station Wagon||Mid-size|
|5-Door Wagon Manual STD (Natl)||4-Door Manual X||5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)||4-Door HB SE FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Wagon||4 Door||4 Door Wagon||Hatchback|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual|