The Matrix offered a lot of room and many of the virtues of an SUV, such as a little higher driving position, easy access, and optional AWD.
You'll find a compliant ride, fairly nimble handling, and effective brakes.
Notable shortcomings are a flawed driving position and a noisy engine.
Overall, the Matrix offered a good and practical alternative to a small SUV.
The Pontiac Vibe is essentially the same car.