2008 Toyota Yaris Automobile Magazine

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2008 Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris has suddenly a hot seller thanks to its excellent economy and solid Toyota quality. Through the first of 2008, Yaris sales are up 39 compared to 2007 (sales of the Fit. Hyundai Accent. and SX4 are up even more), yet Yaris remains competitively low.

The version starts at only (our liftback tester a four-speed automatic transmission for $14,125), and buyers can order new Yaris econo-hatch with or seemingly nothing.

A 1.5-liter engine and five-speed manual are standard on the car, as are air conditioning and mirrors and door handles. comforts such as power and locks, a rear defroster and wiper, fifteen-inch alloy a leather steering wheel, and an MP3 stereo system are available option packages. Buyers can give their Yaris a performance-oriented look by ordering the S (which adds front and lip spoilers) and fog lights.

For those worried about protection, the Yaris features ABS with electronic brake-force available side airbags, and airbags for both front and passengers.

But what makes featherweight (2326-pound) commuter car isn’t its looks or safety Consumers shopping for a Yaris are looking for one thing — the small car value.

Does Toyota deliver?

Exterior

Is a bug on the road?

Eyeing our blue from the street, we noticed a few things. Styling on the liftback is than that of the Yaris (squint hard and it sort of like a smashed bug), but panel fit is tight, unlike of the old Echo. Seeing that didn’t skimp on assembly us believe this car should up for many years to come.

We the roof antennae, side lights, and the optional front and bumper lips on our Yaris S However, we’re not sure we would pay extra for the cosmetic enhancements. Ditto for the available wheels — this car is for transportation, not a Sunday car show.

The Yaris’s bubbly, obtuse nose is different from else on the road, and it also earn the Toyota a good crash test rating the Insurance Institute of Highway

Interior

Lacks convenience, not

Saying the Yaris has a minimalist might be an understatement. Want to the door locks or roll the windows? Don’t look for — all cabin mechanisms on our car were manually operated.

into the driver’s seat and staring at a vast, gray dashboard (which actually one of 20 storage compartments just the steering wheel). On our test overall dash fit and finish to suffer, as the storage boxes easily and did not always align the rest of the plastic molding.

the Yaris was also built a center-mounted instrument panel. Not are the gauges sitting in an inconvenient but they stare straight at the seat. Why didn’t Toyota at tilt the cluster to face the (such as in the discontinued Saturn and place the speedometer closer to the eyes?

Climate and radio controls are to use, though, and air conditioning and a steering wheel are standard A CD/MP3 stereo with mini-jack is optional.

Interior are impressive thanks to the Yaris height. It has enough headroom and space for a vacationing couple, and the sedan even has a bit more volume than the larger Toyota Corolla — cubic feet of room the seats folded down. are supportive, but fabric quality is par for the car’s price class.

The little engine that save you money

Toyota’s four-cylinder engine is the Yaris’s motivation. It puts out 106 hp @ 6000 rpm and 103 of torque — barely to comfortably haul more two adults — and when to a four-speed automatic transmission, it to pull the Yaris through or onto highways. Shifts significant time, but once up to the powertrain is able to relax and from high-revving use. the payoff for the Yaris’s slow is phenomenal gas mileage.


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Choosing a manual transmission an automatic increases the Yaris’s EPA highway fuel economy a from 35 mpg to a class-leading 36 mpg (which to roughly a 400-mile highway range). All Yaris models get an 29 mpg in city driving.

Chassis/Suspension

You get you ask for

The Yaris is not meant to feel or like a sport compact, and it There is some body if you push the car around bends, but on roads, the independent suspension enough punishment to make bearable (just don’t hit any that are bigger than the We do, however, wonder how the ride improve with Toyota optional fifteen-inch alloy

Driving Dynamics

Short of the snooze button

If you can handle the frustration of not being able to up with quicker traffic, the offers drivers a solid, ride with great visibility. For a subcompact, the car handles and well, although we wish was more feedback from the power steering. Overall, the cabin insulation isn’t but loud, buzzy engine from under the dashboard is an passengers have to live

And if the engine noise isn’t to keep you alive at the wheel, try the five-speed manual transmission.

A competitive subcompact

For more $14,000, the Yaris we sampled with some nostalgic features — roll-down manual locks — and an warranty (3-year/36,000-mile comprehensive, powertrain). It also comes fewer trips to the fuel which could help stay sane as gas prices Yet subcompacts such as the Hyundai and the Suzuki SX4 are better values. and Suzuki offer longer while the Accent and SX4 both the driver more, feature quality interior materials, and sufficient dashboard insulation all important aspects of a subcompact will likely serve as a car.

If we had to choose a Yaris, we’d the sedan model based on and the convenience of having another two Or perhaps we’d wait for the liftback five-door model, to arrive in the U.S. by the end of this

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