Doug operated his own blog before Jalopnik columns. One of my favorite articles was on the Corolla XRS and how it relates to his Elise. And now a direct quote from Doug:
Very true (both about the photo and about the fact that wagons always win). The photo has been changed. I've always wanted a Matrix XRS. I just wish they had offered it with AWD, like they did the base model.
Hopefully you get a Matrix XRS. With the 6 Speed stick and the 2ZZ (164-180 hp). Hot hatch from japan that has HP. I'm getting hard at that thought already. I'm going to Craigslist now to longingly stare at them.