How Much Stuff Can You Fit in a Toyota Yaris?

Posted on 23. Apr, 2012 by in Auto News

We usually make our weekend plans, long before I go to what I know, and my family's plans for anything, not even change a 2012 Toyota Yaris. The plans: shopping, picked up a large birthday gift and drag some bushes for a landscaping project. The challenge: how much stuff I was able to stuff in Toyota small car? Especially after seeing how it is not in the vicinity of the competition in our last $ 16,000 small car shootout come when it comes to cargo space.

The Yaris fits more than you think, actually, but first let's go back to 2007, when it. First to market I drove and was disappointed by its pokey powertrain, the lack of composure and ride high street noise. It scored but for his decent fuel economy and maneuverability.

Much has changed since then more with me than with the car. I carry a lot more stuff now. As a homeowner and Mama, I mean more baggage than me in 2007 that there is always a child-safety seat in the back seat, a diaper bag in the trunk, and when we grocery shop, we fill the car to the brim. Last weekend was like any other, except for the Yaris is one of the smallest cars, which I have tested with the brood in tow in a long time.

Toyota's smallest car is available in two configurations: two-and four-door hatchback models. The sedan was dropped for the model-year 2012. Pricing starts at $ 14,115 for a base two-door. I drove a four-door model in the top-of-the-line SE trim with a sticker price of $ 17,200. Add $ 180 for floor mats and the final $ 760 destination fee, and my test car price was $ 18,140.

In the four-door model, cargo space is 15.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Not bad when you consider that the Mazda2 has just 13.3 cubic feet of space, but it's ugly, if you look at what are regarded in the Chevy Sonic and Hyundai Accent-19 and 21.2 cubic feet available. The Yaris' cargo space expands when the 60/40-split folding rear seat is down – unless you're in the basic version. Then you're out of luck, the L model only seat folds in a single piece.

Overall, the Yaris I drove 160 miles over two days and four games of various cargo needs. Here's how it runs:

Return: On our first trip, the Yaris just had my daughter and me to brunch instead. Their rear-facing convertible car seat took a lot of space in the second row, stealing several inches passenger legroom. For this trip, that seat was empty, so the two of us had a lot of space. My daughter regular stroller was too big for the bed Yaris, but I have had to downgrade the smaller stroller for travel. It is easy to fit.


Only two:
After brunch we went to the toy store to pick up an early birthday present for my almost 2-year-old. The toddler picnic table I had chosen was in considerable box measuring 11.8 by 17.8 by 29.5 inches. It barely fit in the cargo area. Although it took all the available space, it was good that I did not put on one of the seats to fit. We had the stroller in the rear seat stowed, but. Do not worry, be surprised at her age, my daughter still on her birthday.


Only three:
The Yaris' biggest test was when we took it. To Home Depot Since my 6-foot husband joined us for this trip, his knees were practically installed in the glove compartment thanks to the child seat behind him. The rear seat also held two 3-foot trees and deck was loaded with three shells of several shrubs and ivy. The three of us found miraculously place for the short ride home.


Only Four:
After unloading all the green, we took my sister for a family visit and shopping trip, raising the rear seat passenger numbers 1-2. The Yaris has several shopping bags, three adults and a small child in relative comfort (although the passenger may beg to differ) treat.

Although it is slow, loud and pretty much hear every bump and still in the cabin, this small, 153-inch small car was just about everything we threw at him swallowing. We were pleasantly? It depends on who you ask, but for such a small car, the Yaris handled the weekend better than expected and better than by its size. Maybe it's redeemed himself a bit since our Shootout.