Review: 2012 Toyota Yaris 3-Door

Posted on 26. Mar, 2012 by in Auto News

The 2012 Yaris! It's a car! This may seem like the strangest marketing claim for a new car always sound, but when you dig deeper, it is trying to say Toyota "OK, we get it."Why, because Toyota, like most manufacturers difficult, has to send with basic transport Need proof look no further than Corolla that the Corolla was a small, good and cheap vehicle to a 15 since then.?. – foot-long sedan, which weighs nearly £ 3,000 and $ 20,000 can be achieved with growth options. matter how beautiful a Corolla could be cheap to buy, it is not.

It's a hatchback!

Part of the message again and again with the Yaris has simplified the lineup snagged by ditching the car leaving the 5-door Michael Karesh in February, and the cheapest Toyota in America: the 3-door I had for a week. Why no car? Toyota tells us it was less than 30% of sales, so she had to be euthanized in the name of progress. Further simplify things, there are only two orders for the 3-door hatch (L and LE) and three for the 5-door (L, LE and SE), the number of possible configurations of 25 reduced in 2011 to 9th Yep, 9 In addition, there are essentially no options on the Yaris, you get the number of doors, manual or automatic, available from 8 paint, cruise control, and right away you can choose to go for $ 14,115 to $ 17,960. Never before has so easy to buy a Toyota.

It has a steering wheel!

It can select a color from the outside, but inside all 3-door Yaris models get the same gray-on-black interior due to Toyota lift. Plastics are so hard, as you'd expect in a car that starts under 15 grand, but to do the doors and dashboard, a thin coating of squishy soft-touch plastics get (it's the gray part of the picture). Compared with the outgoing of the 2012 positive normal Yaris is the instrument cluster with a return to a normal position in front of the driver. Keep costs in check is the only model that validates a tachometer sport "athletic" 5-door SE model Michael. Our testers, as with the rest of the cast gets a blank spot that lights up at night to you to remember that you do not pop for the SE. LE Our testers were going to only two options: cruise control for $ 250 (only on 3-Door LE models with the automatic) and floor mats for $ 180. So what is the difference between the L and LE? The LE buys a standard automatic transmission, body-colored mirrors, a better radio (L and LE are both standard USB / iPod jacks), a driver's seat with 2 other directions of motion, a 60/40 folding rear seat (the L's back seat folds flat as a unit), audio controls on steering wheel, chrome door handles, Bluetooth handsfree, power windows and remote keyless entry. The price for these jewels? $ 1,510.

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It's moving!

The Yaris has an engine! The 3-door and 5-door Yaris share the same thoroughly modern 1.5L four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. The 106HP at 6,000 RPM come to a boil, but it's still not as "sharp" as many small engines. Torque is rated at 103 lb-ft at a lower 4,200 rpm. I would say that makes the Yaris fast off the line, but the lack of a tach really hindered my fun with the 5-speed manual transmission. Adding insult to injury the modern engine of our LE tester pals with an old 4-speed automatic. The absence of teeth is the most likely cause of the Yaris missed the 40MPG mark with the 5-speed manual gearbox Post 30mpg city and 38MPG highway and the automatic ejection of a ho-hum 30mpg city and 35mpg highway according to the EPA. I experienced an average of 31mpg on my daily commute. If these numbers disturbing, then you are missing the point of the Yaris, which strangely not be the most efficient small Toyota, but the cheapest buy.

It turns!

On the road, the Yaris short 98.8-inch wheelbase, light curb weight of 2,300 kg and a bit stiff springs combine to make for a choppy ride on washboard pavement. All 3-door Yaris models with 10-inch vented discs come front, drum brakes out back and 175 RH, 65 series tires on steel rims. Despite shod with high all-season rubber, the easy Yaris does surprisingly well with a balanced chassis, direct (albeit numb) steering and a tight 30-foot turning circle. Thanks to the relatively wide track and "wheels in the corner" design, the 3-door is actually a willing companion when on it hard curvy. Since the chassis is a willing dance partner on windy mountain roads, the budget nature of the braking system in more detail than in the previous generation with smoke and fade after a meeting of aggressive corner carving. While I doubt many buyers will need to feel their small car to push the boundaries, take care that redeem the chassis checks the brakes can not write.

There is competition!

While many shoppers are Toyota brand monogamist who are looking not so much like other Woman Car, the Yaris. Than entry-level vehicle in the hope to attract the younger generation and they positioned a lifelong Toyota Customer While it is easy to compare the 5-door Yaris to slick 5-door Hyundai Accent with an elegant interior and more efficient and powerful powertrain, it has a few too many doors. In fact, save all of the competition, the Fiat 500 and golf have too many doors. Compared to the Gulf (from $ 17,995), the Yaris "cheaper interior and old-school cog swapper can be forgiven because of the low sticker price, and compared with the Fiat, the Yaris is just more car. In many ways, the Yaris' fiercest competitor in the family. completely new Prius c lots to start on the unholy marriage of a Yaris and Prius Based, the baby starts Prius at $ 18,950 and with a solid 50mpg average (such as TTAC tested) vs. the Yaris '30mpg average (such as TTAC tested), it wouldn t take long to save up the $ 3,325 difference in MSRP.

I started scratching my head over the Yaris in the release event for the Prius about few months ago and after a week in the Yaris I am more confused then when I started. It is not the Yaris' guilt. It's a cheap car that the mission met good and cheap transportation with a completely unexpected dose of fun and simplicity. The problem is Toyota makes a much better car, the Prius c. With 50 MPG on tap and $ 4.40 gasoline in Northern California it would only 55,500 miles to break even. If you are concerned about a loss of fun, despite the 200 pounds heavier curb weight of the Prius c, it handles almost as well as the Yaris and the hybrid engine actually helps release the brakes complaints. If you're in the market for a small car, it seems the Yaris is really only a good option if you really want a new car, but do not stretch to the Prius c, or one of the other more premium small car options.

Toyota provided the vehicle, insurance and one tank of gas for this review

Specifications tested

0-30: 3.05 seconds

0-60: 9.0 seconds

1/4 Mile: 17.02 seconds@79.5MPH

Average Economy: 30.5MPG over 689 miles