Toyota matrix: great car for small families!
Overall, I love this car. It has been a very reliable commuter car for me (I drive 45 minutes to and 45 minutes from work every day). The driver's seat is really adjustable, which makes driving more comfortable (both forward and backward, and up and down) and I feel safer. The engine compartment looks clean and organized, and that makes it easier for me to find what I am looking for, be it motor oil, power steering fluid, or even windshield wiper fluid! The backseat is a good size, and every seat has car seat hooks, which is a huge plus for my family! Probably one of my favorite features is the hatchback. The window opens on its own for quickly throwing things in and out (or if you do not want everything to tumble out the back when you open it!), but the whole thing also opens if you need it to. As for the cons, the seats have sensors to ensure everyone has their seatbelt. This is not a con in and of itself, but the sensors are really sensitive - sometimes my computer bag sets off the passenger seat alarm! They do turn off after about a minute I think. There might be a way to turn this feature off, but I honestly do not mind it too much. However, the beeping drives my husband crazy! As for exterior noise, especially with the top rack on the inside of the car is pretty loud (but it is better with the racks off). I do wish the car got better gas mileage - I get anywhere from 25-28 mpg. Most of my driving is on a highway, but I do live part way up a mountain so I am sure i’d get better mpg if I lived in the nearby valley.