2012 Toyota Yaris SE | The Truth About Cars

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2012 Toyota Yaris SE

the legendary Toyota Tercel? trick question—there was no legendary Tercel. Between 1980 and five generations of tiny came and went, leaving a trace in car guy lore. Toyota up the Tercel with the Echo. The new car was ridiculous Gen Y marketing, an ugly a cheap interior, bobbly and a harsh ride. All but admitting Toyota not only let the Echo die on the as a “special order only” car taking a page from the GM euthanized the nameplate as well. A successor succeeded in that it the Tercel tradition of utter Emboldened by this success, has not only retained the Yaris for a second generation, but is pitching an SE at people who actually like to Will we remember this and for the right reasons?

Drooling this photo? Then medication has at least one unpleasant effect. Still, I must a fondness for the car’s exterior. The is current, with the wheels all the way out to aero-friendly crisp corners. swoopy insectoid styling? elsewhere. The SE tweaks (aggressive facia, gunmetal gray 16-inch rims) work effectively communicating the car’s ambitions. Prefer the three-door style? Then no SE for you. only available with the (The sedan was dropped the redesign.)

Interior design high include intriguingly patterned cloth and some squishy (the light gray But the instrument panel suffers the odd design details and clumsy at coherence that have too many Toyota interiors the past decade. Round or rectangular ones? Why not both! mirror both shapes an open storage cubby of the instruments (for easy by passers by) and a prominent circular overlapping the left side of the system’s thick bezel. The houses an unhappily cohabiting button and passenger airbag light—because you might have finding them otherwise. there’s the audio system, a tiny power button away in the top right corner so beyond easy reach due to the rightward displacement by the hazard surround) and sound quality so buried even my kids to locate them.

Just drive the car at night, and is good. The steering wheel too thickly padded and is invitingly The seats are both comfortable and The side windows are generously especially by current standards. The not so much. Like many the instrument panel is tall, to lend the impression that the is larger and more substantial it actually is. Or to avoid the minivanish position of the Honda Fit. It on both counts. The rear is roomier than the segment Adults of average size fit with perhaps an entire to spare. Cargo volume is at average, meaning the Honda Fit is the winner.

SE notwithstanding, the horsepower war yet made it to the Yaris. A 1.5-liter good for a mere 106 horses at rpm remains the only available But the Yaris also hasn’t on pounds the way most competitors and still checks in south of (about 300 fewer than a or Sonic). Hitched to a five-speed the engine feels peppy. the Mazda2, each shift sink the engine into a zone from which it to emerge. More of an issue power: when revved the produces a soft wheezy If it weren’t a brand new Toyota, I’d hunted for a small exhaust Shift feel is okay, as good as the Honda Fit’s nor as as the Hyundai Accent’s.

With a small engine and low weight, the Yaris SE’s economy ought to be stellar. it bumps against the same ceiling as every other car in the and so rates “only” 30 city and 38 from the EPA—about the same as the heavier, and more powerful from the next class up. In driving, the trip computer reported numbers in the low to mid 30s. its higher curb weight and more powerful engine, the Sonic 1.4T (29/40, last week) tends to do a better, especially at higher where its sixth gear into play.

Toyota’s recent efforts at variants of its small cars been nothing more appearance packages. Thankfully, it further with the Yaris SE, the steering and suspension. Aided by the wheel and a modest level of assist, the steering is more than most. The SE’s far more poised than of the misbegotten Echo, compares to those of competitors. Add in the low curb and compact dimensions even by standards (a Hyundai Accent is 8.5 longer), and the Yaris SE vies the Mazda2 for the class title of tossable.” Unlike the systems in the Koreans, the stability control kill the joy by cutting in too early. The handling is so safe that it need to cut in at all. The price for agile handling: a slightly (but still livable) and traditional levels of wind and noise.

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Contrary to conventional (well, at least that the UA scare), all Toyotas are not equally In general, as with most manufacturers, the smaller and simpler are the fewer problems they And the Yaris is the smallest, simplest car in the It’s too soon to have any stats on the 2012 car, but the Yaris has consistently been the most reliable models in Car Reliability Survey .

This justified reputation for has long enabled Toyota to more. With floormats, the SE lists for $17,310. An Accent SE for $16,650. In the past people gladly pay $660 more for a less powerful, less Toyota.

By conventional measures, the Yaris isn’t very It’s smaller, less and less lavishly equipped most competitors, but doesn’t less or go farther on a gallon of The redesigned exterior is attractive, at in SE spec, but others are arguably stylish. About the interior has been said already. Yet I I’ll remember my time this small Toyota, as it something most competitors no do. Imposing instrument panel the Yaris is a small car that’s with being a small Though unlikely to curry with the typical non-SE this isn’t entirely a bad for car guys. There’s a directness to the and an agility to the chassis you won’t in subcompact hatches with aspirations.Unlike its predecessors, the Yaris is a fun car to minimally competent powertrain And if Toyota did manage to field a fully competitive with in the Hyundai? I’d definitely remember car.

Toyota provided the car with and a tank of gas.

Michael operates TrueDelta.com. an online of car reliability and real-world fuel information.

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Toyota Tercel sedan V
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