Through last year, there was a nearly identical Pontiac version of the Matrix, called the Vibe, but that model has been discontinued with the Pontiac brand.
The Scion xD, Toyota's own brand, is one of the top rivals to the Matrix.
It's based on the smaller Yaris hatchback but has a taller stance and a roomier interior than the Yaris.
The Honda Fit is a smaller vehicle, but its inherent roominess and trick Magic Seat arrangement kick it into the same group; it's fun to drive, too.
Otherwise, most of the rivals to the Matrix are more carlike.
The Mazda3 hatchback is more enjoyable to drive, but it has a tight backseat and sacrifices some cargo space for its rakish roofline.
It's been redesigned this year with even slicker design details and improved refinement.
All-wheel drive is standard on the Subaru Impreza, though even in hatchback form, it doesn't feel quite as roomy as the Matrix, while the new Elantra Touring is a tall-wagon version of the Elantra sedan and worth considering for those who want to maximize interior space while still getting good fuel economy.
|2010 Toyota MatrixBrowse Used Listings||2010 Hyundai Elantra TouringBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2008 Subaru ImprezaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Scion xDBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4|
|Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||Compact||Sub-Compact||Subcompact|
|5-Door Wagon Manual FWD (SE)||4-Door Wagon Manual GLS||5-Door HB Manual||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Manual i||5-Door HB Manual (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Wagon||4 Door Wagon||5-Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Wagon|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD|