Toyota Yaris

It may not be as exciting as the Honda Fit, but the Yaris is a good, solid small car.  Inside is surprisingly roomy, with comfortable, supportive seats. Rear seat passengers have impressive legroom, and the trunk provides considerably cargo space. Styling is clean but nothing exciting, and that is not unusual for Toyota sedans. Like the Scions, the gauges are in the center of the dashboard. I know that this make it easier to sell the car in right or left hand drive markets, but I find it annoying.


With only 106 horsepower, Yaris won’t be winning any races, but it feels peppy and can hold its own on the freeway. Handling is decent, and ABS is available. Dual front airbags are standard, and Yaris can be equipped with side airbags and airbag curtains.


Of course, one of the biggest draws of the Yaris in today’s market is its fuel economy. Rated in the mid 30s in the city, near 40 in the highway. The other draw is the base price – Yaris starts at just over $10,000. Our tester was the Yaris S 4-door sedan. S adds a better audio system as well as additional front and rear under-bumper spoilers. Well loaded with all the safety equipment, our Yaris was priced around $17.000. Still a good deal for everything that you get.

Perry Stern