2008 Toyota Yaris Liftback — Test drive and new car review — 2008 Toyota…

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Toyota Yaris 3-door

Cute, small, does it all

introduced the subcompact Yaris in a replacement for the unloved Echo. Americans are more likely to go for the sedan — but for urbanites and minimalists, the 3-door Yaris is the way to go. At just twelve and a half long, it’s over a and a half shorter than the and has a turning circle that’s 2′ tighter. We know small — but is it a good Read on. $12,210 base, as tested, EPA fuel economy 29 MPG city, 35-36 MPG highway.

Glance: The joys of small

I small cars for two reasons: they are inherently fun, and I am inherently cheap. Smaller tend to be lighter, which them more fuel And thanks to America’s bigger-is-better it also means they less, and at just over 12 the Yaris is the cheapest car Toyota in the US. That said, the basic comes with air conditioning and not a lot else. By the time you get done nice-to-haves like power and locks, a stereo, floor a rear wiper, and antilock the Yaris will set you back 15 grand; the one I tested stickered over $16k.

For 2008, Toyota has added an S level to the Yaris. For an extra it includes extra body (link goes to photo), a gauge cluster, and the Convenience (rear wiper, rear defroster, AM/FM/CD stereo auxiliary jack). I like the S on the Yaris sedan, but I could do it on the Yaris hatchback — it add anything to the Liftback’s already-handsome (The Convenience Package is separately for $630.)

In the Driver’s Glovebox city

Yaris’ features a center-mounted instrument

Photo © Aaron Gold

I unique interiors, so for me the Yaris’ is seventh heaven. The gauge pod is on the center of the dash, with the and simple three-dial climate arranged below. So what’s in of the driver? A second glovebox. it’s the third glovebox, as are two on the passenger’s side. (In fact, the has so many storage bins and I began to wonder where put the bits that make the car The cupholders are mounted at the outer of the dashboard right in front of the so switching on the A/C cools your instead of you.

The Yaris’ front seats plenty of headroom, but taller will find themselves right through the top of the windshield flying blind if they the sun visor). For short folks me, visibility is great all around.

seat space and trunk are always a balancing act in a small Yaris drivers can tip the scales an optional adjustable back that slides forward for trunk room or back for passenger room. With the fully back, the trunk 9.5 cubic feet of space. for a serious grocery run. are two problems with the system, One: Sliding the seats (or folding them down) a yawning chasm where loose items are bound to Two: The split/fold/slide seat is available as part of a $1,520 bundle. A regular split/fold seat is standard, and folding the seats down opens up cubic feet — trunk room than a Town Car.

On the Road: Zippy performance, but forget those extra

Toyota Yaris 3-door

A 1.5 liter 106 horsepower engine the Yaris feel zippy town and on the freeway — I was to race around well the legal limit, though required some reative use of the manual transmission. (A 4-speed is optional.) The engine takes to such harsh treatment; its buzz changes to an impressive at higher RPMs — not you’d buy a car like this to around, mind you, but nice to know you can if you want to. And all this zipping, racing and I averaged 31.1 miles per — less than 5 MPG the Smart Fortwo I recently and the Smart doesn’t zip, or snarl. The Smart also premium gas; the Yaris on regular. Handling is sharp and as you’d expect from a car, and the ride is impressively and quiet.

The Yaris scored Good best rating) in the Insurance for Highway Safety’s frontal tests; the Fed’s barrier yielded a perfect 5 stars for the and 4 for the passenger. Side impact is story: IIHS tested with and without side (optional at $650). Scores good (the best) them and poor (the without them. The Fed tested a without side airbags and it 3 stars. Furthermore, the Yaris come with standard brakes; they’re a $300 (NOTE: As of 2009, side and ABS are standard.) Electronic stability isn’t available at all — considering that the Yaris is to be purchased by young and inexperienced

Journey’s End: Small right

2008 Toyota Liftback

Photo © Aaron

There’s a lot to like about the It has adequate space for passengers and it’s ridiculously easy to and it’s incredibly maneuverable, to pull U-turns on narrow streets. Its power is good and its economy is stellar. Given all it does well, I see the Yaris as a alternative to the Smart Fortwo. nearly as maneuverable and nearly as and the Smart’s better fuel is partially offset by its need for fuel. The Yaris has more a longer warranty, and a proven track record — as as a back seat. That the Yaris falls down on compared to the Smart, which antilock brakes, side and electronic stability control as

Overall, I like the Yaris for its and its flexibility, though I don’t the fact that crucial hardware such as side and antilock brakes aren’t in the bargain-basement price. Adding important options will up the price, but the Yaris is worth it. Aaron Gold

Toyota Yaris 3-door
Toyota Yaris 3-door

Toyota Yaris 3-door
Toyota Yaris 3-door


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