Review: 2012 Toyota Yaris 3-Door | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2012 Toyota 3-Door

The 2012 Yaris! a car! That might like the strangest marketing for a new car ever, but if you dig deeper it is Toyota#8217;s at saying #8220; OK, we get it .#8221; Because Toyota, like manufacturers, has had trouble staying on with basic transportation.

proof? Look no further the Corolla. The Corolla was a small, and cheerful vehicle that has grown into a 15-foot sedan that weighs 3,000lbs and can reach $20,000 options.

No matter how nice a might be, cheap to buy it isn#8217;t.

a hatchback!

Part of getting on message with the Yaris was the lineup by ditching the sedan the 5-door Michael Karesh back in February. and the cheapest in America: the 3-door hatchback I had for a Why no sedan? Toyota tells us it for less than 30% of sales so it had to be in the name of progress.

Further simplifying things, just two trims for the 3-door (L and LE) and three for the 5-door (L, LE and SE) reducing the number of configurations from 25 in to 9. Yep, 9. In addition, there are no options on the Yaris, you pick the of doors, manual or automatic, from 8 available paint cruise control and away you go for to $17,960. Never before has a Toyota been this

It has a steering wheel!

There may be a palate to choose from on the but inside all 3-door Yaris get the same grey-on-black interior to Toyota#8217;s streamlining. Plastics are as as you would expect in a car that under 15-grand, but the doors and do get a thin coating of squishy plastics (it#8217;s the grey in the picture).

Compared to the outgoing the 2012 is positively normal the instrument cluster returning to a position in-front of the driver. costs in check, the only that sports a tachometer is the 5-door SE model Michael Our tester, as with the rest of the gets a round blank that illuminates at night to you that you didn#8217;t pop for the SE.

Our LE tester had the only two options cruise control for $250 only on 3-door LE models the automatic) and floor mats for So what#8217;s the difference between the L and LE?

The LE you a standard automatic transmission, colored mirrors, a better (L and LE both have standard jacks), a driver#8217;s seat 2 more directions of motion, a folding rear seat L#8217;s rear seat flat as one unit), audio on the steering wheel, chrome handles, Bluetooth speakerphone, windows and remote keyless The price for these jewels?

The Yaris has an engine! The 3-door and Yaris share the same modern 1.5L four-cylinder with variable valve The 106HP come to the boil at RPM but despite this, it isn#8217;t as as many small engines.

Torque is rated at 103 lb-ft at a 4,200 RPM. I#8217;d to say this makes the Yaris off the line, but the lack of a tach hampered my fun with the 5-speed Adding insult to injury, our LE mates the modern engine an ancient 4-speed automatic.

The of cogs is the most likely the Yaris misses the 40MPG with the 5-speed manual 30MPG city and 38MPG and the automatic dropping to a ho-hum city and 35MPG highway to the EPA. I experienced an average of on my daily commute. If these bother you, then missing the point of the Yaris strangely enough isn#8217;t to be the efficient small Toyota, but the to buy .

Out on the road the Yaris#8217;s short wheelbase, light curb of 2,300lbs and somewhat stiff combine to make for a choppy on washboard pavement. All 3-door models come with vented discs up front, brakes out back and 175 width, 65 tires on steel wheels. being shod with all-season rubber, the lightweight handles surprisingly well a well-balanced chassis, direct numb) steering and a tight turning radius.

Thanks to the fairly wide and #8220;wheels in the corners#8221; design, the is actually a willing companion the going gets twisty. the chassis is a willing dance on windy mountain roads, the nature of the braking system more obvious than in the generation with smoke and following a session of aggressive carving. While I doubt shoppers will feel the to push their subcompact to the beware that the chassis checks the brakes can#8217;t

There#8217;s competition!

While Toyota shoppers are brand who won#8217;t so much as look at woman car, the Yaris is as an entry-level vehicle hoping to the younger generation and train to be a lifelong Toyota customer. it#8217;s easy to compare the Yaris to the slick 5-door Accent with its refined and more efficient and powerful it has a few too many doors. Indeed, all the save the Fiat 500 and Golf too many doors.

Compared to the Golf (starting at the Yaris#8217; cheaper interior and cog swapper can be forgiven because of the low price, and compared to the Fiat, the is simply more car. In ways the Yaris#8217; fiercest is in the family: the all-new Prius c. loosely on the unholy marriage of a and a Prius to begin with, the Prius starts at $18,950 and a solid 50MPG average (as by TTAC) vs the Yaris#8217; 30MPG (as tested by TTAC), it wouldn#8217;t long to save the $3,325 in MSRP.

I started scratching my about the Yaris at the release for the Prius c a few months ago and after a week in the Yaris I#8217;m confused then when I It#8217;s not the Yaris#8217; fault. a cheap car that fulfills the of cheap and cheerful transportation a totally unexpected dose of fun and

The problem is Toyota makes a better car; the Prius c. 50 MPG on tap and $4.40 gasoline in Northern it would only take miles to break even. If worried about a loss of despite the 200lb heavier weight of the Prius c, it handles as well as the Yaris and the hybrid actually helps solve the complaints. If you#8217;re in the market for a car, it seems the Yaris is only a good option if you want a new car but can#8217;t stretch to the Prius c or one of the other more subcompact options.

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

Specifications as tested

3.05 seconds

0-60: 9.0

1/4 Mile: 17.02 seconds @

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