Just a few years ago, the Matrix was one of the only hatchback designs on the market, but times have changed.
The all-new Ford Focus is offered as a five-door hatchback, and it's more enjoyable to drive and has a more lavish interior than the Toyota.
Otherwise, the Kia Forte5 is sporty, well-equipped, and a strong value.
Hyundai's Elantra Touring, which is based on the previous-generation Elantra sedan, is also a good value and handles better than the Matrix.
The Honda Fit is quite a bit smaller on the outside, yet its interior is quite a bit more usable and versatile than that of the Matrix--especially considering its trick 'Magic Seat' arrangement and low cargo floor.
Toyota has quite a bit of competition from its own vehicles, too, from the somewhat smaller Yaris, and from Toyota's own Prius and new Prius v; the Prius itself doesn't cost all that much more, yet it has much higher gas mileage.
|2012 Toyota MatrixBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai Elantra TouringBrowse Used Listings||2012 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Small Station Wagon||Compact||Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||Compact Cars||Compact|
|5-Door Wagon Manual L FWD (Natl)||4-Door Sedan S||5-Door HB Manual||4-Door Wagon Manual GLS||4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Wagon||4 Door Sedan||5 Door Hatchback||4 Door Wagon||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|