2009 Toyota Yaris adds 2 doors but still comes up short — USATODAY.com

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Toyota Yaris hatchback II

By James R. Healey, USA TODAY

small Yaris is selling enough to deserve more so the Japanese automaker’s added a hatchback and hopes it’ll for one-third the total sales.

The models are a conventional four-door and a two-door hatchback.

In auto-industry the hatch is a door, so a four-door is called a five-door and a two-door is a three-door.

The new five-door is a welcome to the Yaris line, if for no other than it’s a hatchback actually has reasonable access to the car’s back seat.

The brings another development — of standard features, at least by the yardstick for subcompacts: Anti-lock air conditioning, automatic transmission and uptown items are baked this model.

Perhaps not then, the price seems a tad for such a small guy: $14,000 to start. The test car was a S model, and its sticker was $17,515. about buy you a nice version of the SES coupe reviewed last (Test Drive, March 6 ).

Of course, the very different and Yaris are unlikely to compete — to be as the car guys say. The point is if you objectively look around at seventeen-five gets, you see more alternatives than a tricked-out S five-door. Top of mind: A Nissan (Test Drive, Feb. 27 ) a substantially bigger interior and handling. The Focus SES coupe, to that horse, is roomier, to drive and has a more upmarket Ford says a version of the four-door sedan as sporty and as the coupe is coming for 2010.

But to the Toyota (TM). What’s about the Yaris five-door:

• Quite a lot for a subcompact that’s a few inches longer than a Cooper. The rear seat, specifications that would it off many shopping lists, fit adults.

The test car had an options package included a rear seat from the standard one-piece bench. It was split 60/40, and side could slide recline and fold flat That helps tailor the car for mix of people and cargo. Good because there’s not much for cargo behind the back

• Stowage. Handy spots the rear cargo floor, on the and alongside the panel that from the lower edge of the to the upper edge of the console. A covered bin straight ahead of the on the instrument panel is useful for surely.

• Fuel economy. rated 31 miles per gallon in city/highway use, among the in the subcompact field — and you should be to at least match that in life.

• Bump handling. It soaked up deep drainage channels at with nonchalance. Some pricey automobiles do worse.

• A remarkably tight turning made lots of everyday a breeze. Many shoppers never consider driving around a tight corner demand what they of as good handling — by which mean Yaris-style steering and agility.

But you might dislike:

• interior. Gauges are in a pod atop the of the dashboard. Arguably, that the driver shift focus a little to glance from the to the speedometer and others. But your eye craves them in front of The empty space between you and the is disconcerting (though it allows big storage bin).

• Sounds. The engine rasped and roared. The side of the instrument panel intermittently.

• Slop. That suspension that soaks up evoked second thoughts entering an S curve at the same you’ve done in similar Yaris didn’t skid or all over the place. It stayed put and properly pointed. It just more driver effort, and the was less graceful than in cars. Very moderate might not notice. Sporting will.

• Ambiance. Some of the plastic had a brittle, cheap look and Climate-control knobs had a low-class Some trim items better, but a car’s level of is never higher than its piece of trim.

The five-door is a big to the Yaris lineup, but despite day-to-day usefulness, it lacks the interior and crisp feel you can in other small cars, at a lower price.


• When? On since August.

Toyota Yaris hatchback II

• Where? in Japan.

• Why? Five-doors are overseas; maybe they’ll on in the U.S. Toyota’s banking on it, the five-door will be one-third of sales this year.

• How much? Five-door starts at including $720 shipping. S starts at $15,845. Well-equipped car: $17,515.

• How powerful? four-cylinder engine is rated 106 at 6,000 rpm, 103 pounds-feet of at 4,200 rpm. Four-speed transmission is standard.

• How lavish? side and head-curtain air bags and brakes are standard, exceptional for an small car. Also standard: air conditioning, adjustable column, cargo cover and reclining rear seats, head restraints in the back (Many automakers skip the one to save pennies and pounds.)

• How Only 6 inches longer a Mini Cooper. In inches, the five-door is 150.6 long, wide, 60.2 tall on a wheelbase. Weight is 2,340

Passenger space is 84.1 feet; cargo, 9.3 (9.5 split-folding rear seat). cargo space with seat folded: 25.7 cu. ft.

diameter is a remarkably tight feet.

• How thirsty? Rated 29 per gallon in town, 35 highway, 31

Test car registered 31 mpg in tame driving.

Uses regular. 11.1 gallons.

• Overall: but vaguely unpleasant.


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