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The Yaris entered the lineup in model-year 2007 as a for the dorky Echo. Offered in both a two-door hatchback Toyota calls “Liftback”—and a the Yaris is generally considered the of the subcompact triumvirate, which the Honda Fit and the Nissan Versa. A hatchback body style was in 2009. This gives the an immediate advantage over other subcompacts, simply for the that it offers three variants (unlike the Fit and Versa).

And what sets the Yaris is its deliberate urban persona. designed for the tight metro of Europe and Asia, the Yaris is citified.

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For 2011, styling over from 2010. The new feature is a sunvisor extension for the two small item, but needed of the large glass area.

Due to its four-cylinder, 106 horsepower engine, the is certified as an EPA Ultra-Low Emission (ULEV-II) achieving fuel numbers of 29 city/36 highway its five-speed manual transmission. The automatic comes in at 29 city/35 Those figures top both the Versa (28/34) and the Honda Fit


The Yaris’s urban makes it a favorite among It picks up many styling from its Scion cousins. The looks more refined and than most other with its snub nose, stance, and unique geometry.

front to back the two hatchbacks a taut 150.6 inches, them by far the smallest of the three They are almost 19 inches than the Nissan Versa, and seven inches shorter the Honda Fit. Weighing in at over 2,300 pounds, the hatchbacks are the most lightweight their friends.

That of trimness is indicative of just how this automobile is.

And for what worth, the four-door hatch is the best looking of the three and the body offers the greatest from the smallest footprint, an for in-town maneuverability.

The more Yaris sedan is a much vehicle—169.3 inches versus inches—sharing few body parts the hatchbacks. Toyota kept the shape and design of the sedan a less playful looking a higher arch on the roofline and a thinner stance.

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Toyota took the wraps off the Hybrid, expected to go on sale in next year. The sophisticated design is a dramatic departure the current edition with a shape emphasized by a long, roofline. There is no word if or it will come to the U.S. or if a model will be part of the

The new look would go a long way to Yaris sales, which been sliding downwards of


The hard plastic used in the Yaris shout transportation.” Though Yaris the Echo, it kept one feature should have been when Echo was. The cluster is positioned in the top center of the rather than the more easier to see—position directly in of the driver. There is also no to view fuel economy, shoppers for such a car would want to know.

On the plus side, all three have tall rooflines for upright seating and generous Visibility through large windows and unobstructed sight make the Yaris an easy car to

That great maneuverability of the translates into micro-wagon versatility, something to consider in an barely 12 feet long. back seats can easily either front- or rear-facing seats, the small 9.3 cubic cargo area is not well to haul strollers and other paraphernalia.

The rear seatbacks do down to expand cargo from 9.3 cubic feet to an 25.7 cubic feet in the models, but when lowered are several inches higher the cargo floor. The sedan 13.7 cubic feet, the as the Versa sedan. For comparison, the total cargo volume is an 41.9 cubic feet, a advantage in this area.

If gear is your primary the Yaris may not be your first

On the Road

Getting from A to point B, performance is about is expected from a 106 hp four-cylinder not great, but not awful, considering the trade-off. The four doesn’t a lot of muscle, but the Yaris’s light provides adequate, though acceleration. The five-speed manual works best with the to mange power to the front

Unfortunately there is no tachometer on the so shifts are made by engine and seat-of-the-pants feel. (Tachometers added to hatchbacks last The outdated four-speed automatic, its poky shifts and widely ratios makes the engine hard to keep up with behavior that reduces economy.

Yaris is a great town car and feels, in typical fashion, solidly built. feel secure as long as don’t exceed the moderate of the narrow 15-inch standard And ride quality over and potholes is fairly compliant for a lightweight.

It is less at home on the road, however, with of steering corrections to maintain intended path. It also react well to cross or a passing semi truck, can abruptly nudge the little car requiring two hands on the steering at all times. Road, wind and noise are not very well so it isn’t a pleasant highway

Safety in small cars is an consideration, and Toyota elevated features on the Yaris to equal its Standard safety gear on all cars now includes anti-lock traction control, an anti-skid and head-protecting curtain side


With wallets hurting and fuel prices back toward “arm and a the Yaris looks to be in the right at the right time. But before you out with checkbook in hand, low price and high mileage making some sacrifices.

pricing starts at $12,955 for the hatchback, $13,255 for the four-door The sedan has a sticker price of But keep in mind, the base are bare bones, and the price climb quickly when you to add options (which you most will).

The Fit, in comparison, with more standard for its higher base price.

For the price you’ll have to do such basics as a radio and CD For that you’ll have to with $840-$960, depending on and transmission choice, for the Convenience Want power windows, locks and mirrors?

That’s $1,525-$1,780 for the Power but does include an AM/FM/CD system.

Among the top subcompacts, the (29 city/36 highway) is virtually the fuel-efficient gas engine car on the road. And it has a range close to 350 miles fill-ups. That’s about as as it gets for a non-hybrid vehicle. Add to the low price and perhaps the most design of all the subcompacts, the Yaris is economically and stylistically impressive.

difficult for competitors to top.

are Manufacturer Suggested Retail (MSRP) at time of publication and do not destination charges, taxes or

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