2012 Toyota Yaris LE Subcompact Hatchback: Drive Report

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2012 Toyota Yaris LE Hatchback: Drive Report

Toyota Yaris LE three-door road test, Hudson NY, Feb 2012

2012 Toyota LE three-door hatchback, road Hudson Valley, NY, Feb 2012

It was small and very, very

This weekend’s test a 2012 Toyota Yaris LE liftback, attracted far more than we expected. Pedestrians and drivers turned their

Even our New York City attendant mumbled, unprompted, Muy muy, muy bonita! as he took the

So, OK, a bright red 2012 Yaris can attention. But is Toyota’s all-new likely to attract buyers?

The answer is, probably, but it’s up more and better competition ever.


Compared to the grim and slab-sided generation, the new Yaris LE is stylish, a pleasant two-tone interior and an instrument cluster in front of the rather than centrally

Its 106-horsepower, 1.5-liter engine well enough, though many subcompact hatchbacks, it to match the fuel economy of (and hence more compact sedans. Our test car had an four-speed automatic transmission, one of the few in new cars these days.

our 305 miles of our weekend test, of which is highway mileage, we 31.5 miles per gallon.

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close to the 2012 Yaris gas mileage of 32 mpg combined for the automatic lower than we got in the larger Elantra or Chevrolet Cruze Eco sedans.

It’s also lower than Toyota’s like the 50-mpg Toyota hatchback or the new 2012 Toyota V wagon, at 42 mpg.

Even there’s the new 2012 Toyota C compact hatchback, which has an EPA rating of 50 mpg and a base price $19,000 (watch for full of the Prius C later this

Overall, our impression of the 2012 was that it was competent but bland. to, say, the 2012 Chevy (we tested in both sedan and models), it lacks a wow factor.

We liked:

The Yaris may be short, but it wide from the inside, front-seat passengers don’t it as small

Acceleration is adequate, not as much fun as, say, the turbocharged engine in the Chevy Sonic

The of the rear passenger compartment is with no tunnel, making passengers at least plausible

The panel is well designed and to understand, with three clear knobs for the ventilation

The many cubbies, bins, slots, and bottle holders all our miscellaneous possessions (but all rubber pads, meaning slid around on the hard

We didn’t like:

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While the column tilts, it doesn’t keeping it too close to the dash for who push their seat

The 2012 Yaris is noisy at speed that to hear the it has to be turned up—and even background noise muffles of the music

The four-speed automatic has enough ratios that can be abrupt and are often noisy

The door window offers but no auto-up, an important safety when pulling away toll booths

The rear-seat block huge swathes of the through the rear window, they’re (thankfully) removable

One end of the rear seatbelt dangled and loose from the roof, as if were too cheap to spring for a to hold it against the headliner

2012 Toyota Yaris LE hatchback, road test, Valley, NY, Feb 2012

As tested, our Toyota Yaris LE 3-door had a sticker price of $16,884. a base price of $15,625, a mandatory $760 destination and three options: cruise ($250), carpeted mats for the and load bay ($180), and the useful net for holding grocery bags

In the end, we didn’t dislike the Yaris. We just didn’t it offered much that the doesn’t offer as well.

of it is the price. Toyota is being by the yen-dollar rate, and so our mid-level cost almost $17K.

have been a lot more if it were, say, $14K.

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