October 24th, 2011
The 2012 Yaris is making its debut, bringing a fresh take on the competitive subcompact segment from Toyota. Available in 3- and 5-door hatchbacks, the model carries over its 1.5-liter 4-cylinder but sees upgrades in many other departments. Fuel efficiency climbs as high as 30 city/38 highway mpg.
Motor Trend recently drove the top-of-the-line Yaris SE, with its upgraded wider 16-inch alloy wheels, firmer suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and sportier interior. 0-60 test results were particularly surprising: at 9.2 seconds, the new 2012 car is nearly a second quicker than its predecessor. The car handles itself well under spirited driving, though testers did note the SE was much more engaging than the lower trim levels without all those enhancements.
The 2012 Yaris starts at $14,115 for the 3-door and $15,140 for the 5-door. The SE starts at $16,400 and is only available as a 5-door. All prices are before a $760 destination charge.
March 23rd, 2010
2010 Toyota Yaris Sedan
With a starting MSRP of only $12,605* and 33 mpg (combined), dollar for MPG, it’s tough to compete with the Toyota Yaris. It’s Toyota’s most fuel-efficient non-hybrid. Vehicle rating site Autos.com gave the Yaris a solid 4.8 Star rating. It is also effortless to drive. The Yaris starts, drives and stops as smoothly and reliably as anything available on the market today. Our favorite feature is how easy it is to park, especially in the ultra-populated are of Southern California.
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At only 12 1/2 long, the Yaris puts every inch of its compact dimensions to surprisingly good use. Capable of seating five people in either 4-door sedan or 3- or 5-door hatchback configurations, the Yaris is one of the more spacious micro-compacts currently available.
All three body styles feature cutting edge styling that makes the Yaris as fun to look at as it is to drive. Toyota’s 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine produces 106 horsepower. While that may not an incredible amount by today’s standards, it’s more than enough to move the bantamweight 2,300-lb Yaris around town. It’s also inexpensive to operate, since it gets 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
Still need more reasons to look into this fun-sized Toyota? From now till March 31, Toyota’s offering 0.0% APR or $1000 Customer Cash Back on the 2010 Yaris. If you’re looking to cut through traffic on congested city streets, then the Yaris is your scalpel.
2010 Toyota Yaris 4-Door Hatchback
2010 Toyota Yaris 2-Door Hatchback