2009 Toyota Yaris Review

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2009 Toyota Yaris

2009 Toyota Yaris

New for

For 2009, Toyota introduces a body style to the Yaris #8211; a five-door hatchback. will give a greater of choices to those who need a car, without giving up too interior room. Also in 2009 are standard anti-lock front seat-mounted side and front and rear curtain airbags for all Yaris models.

Control is also now available for the models (why it wasn#8217;t before is beyond me.) A few new choices are also available for

Options and Trims

The 2009 Yaris comes in any of three styles: a 3-door liftback, sedan, or 5-door liftback, and two levels #8211; base, and S. models offer the very #8211; A/C, 14#8243; wheels, tilt steering and 4-way adjustable front Stepping up into the S trim you a variety of extras, depending on if you go the hatchback or sedan model, but give you 15#8243; steel a CD/MP3 player, and a sport kit. Other options for all levels include alloy cruise control, upgraded keyless entry, foglights, accessories, and a rear spoiler.

Engines and Drivetrain

Every comes with a 1.5-liter engine producing 106 horsepower and 103 of torque. That#8217;s not a lot, but in mind the Yaris only in slightly over a ton, and is with one thing: economy. The gets to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission or an 4-speed automatic (except for the Liftback, which only an automatic.)

Design

Either you it for the cute-factor, or think it#8217;s The 3-door hatchback design is but it certainly gets the job done. The is more conventional in design; you almost mistake it for a 2009 Corolla at first glance.

The new 5-door hatchback, on the other looks more like a version of the 3-door. It#8217;s so it doesn#8217;t look like a but ends up looking like a in the process. None of the styles are in my opinion, and are certainly unmistakable as a Yaris.

Inside, all of the Yaris scream economy. A very and symmetrical layout reminds you you#8217;re in a sub-$15K car, but not in a bad way. All of the extra space over from the lack of leaves tons of little compartments at your disposal. The layout of the climate control look as if they#8217;ve been to take up space that otherwise be unused.

The whole instrument panel is in the making you look to the right to your speed and other This was done to cut the costs of from right-hand-drive layouts countries like Japan,) to layouts (for most of the of the world.) The seats are basically sofa cushions attached to other #8211; very ergonomics are involved here.

When Toyota dropped off the hatchback version of the Yaris for us to I became concerned for my life. In I didn#8217;t even drive it the next day, due mostly to my of either being so cramped the tiny car that I#8217;d a blood clot, or become so driving it that I#8217;d asleep at the wheel and crash something larger than the a squirrel. Boy was I wrong.

What we

Despite its incredibly small you#8217;d be surprised how much room Toyota was able to While you may not have boatloads of for cargo, front passengers have plenty of room tall drivers might be cramped,) and you can fit 2 adults and a small in the back seats of the 4- and 5-door with reasonable comfort.

One of my concerns was that the Yaris be about as fun as watching paint I was wrong. To my surprise, it was actually a fun car with plenty of personality. It nimbly around turns, and quickly to your inputs.

of our test models had the automatic but I#8217;m sure the 5-speed would be better.

We also that you can fold the rear down (60/40) for much cargo room in the liftback if needed. Lastly, we loved the fuel economy that#8217;s with the Yaris. Rated at 29 mpg 35 highway for the automatic transmission for the manual,) it#8217;s one of the best in its

Drive conservatively, and you#8217;ll out closer to 40 mpg.

What we like

The 1.5-liter engine use a little bit more pep, but I a feeling that the automatic had something to do with that. I haven#8217;t driven it, I think the manual would be the better for this car if you don#8217;t mind a stick.

We really didn#8217;t the center-mounted instrument panel, we didn#8217;t get used to even a week of driving.

That would make me think buying a competing model.

Pricing and Warranty

Prices for the three-door Liftback models from $12,205 for the Base with four cylinder and manual five-speed transmission to for the S grade with four engine and four-speed automatic

The all-new five-door Liftback prices range from for the Base grade with cylinder engine and four-speed transmission to $15,125 for the S grade four cylinder engine and automatic transmission.

Yaris model pricing ranges $12,965 for the Base grade four cylinder engine and five-speed transmission to $15,880 for the S with four cylinder and four-speed automatic transmission.

– 3-year/36,000-mile Comprehensive

5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain

– Corrosion Perforation

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