Toyota Matrix offers more stiffer ride, compared to the Corolla. Overall, handling is good. One observation though: during a strong side wind you can feel that this is a fairly light-weight vehicle. The engine is a bit noisy at acceleration. The optional four-wheel drive system provides better traction on a slippery road.In the NHTSA frontal crash tests, the 2003-2004 Toyota Matrix has received five stars for both, the driver and the front passenger. The 2005-2008 models has received five stars for the driver and four stars for the front passenger in the same tests.