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2012 Toyota Yaris SE — Breaking an Egg

By George August 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

the Toyota Yaris subcompact was dropped on Americans in 2006, TV fans must have they found Mork’s space orb. Talk laying an egg.

A generation Toyota has finally cracked the orb into the frying pan and added a of hot sauce. Behold the 2012 Yaris SE.

What was once raw and now sizzles. Aggressiveness in the Yaris SE air dam, rear roof and lower diffuser suggest a to be taken seriously.  Nealy hot to the is the Blazing Blue pearl of our tester. The wheel arches out nicely with the SE model’s wheels and 195/50 Bridgestone EL400 V-speed rated

Less provocative and more a to convention and functionality is the cabin of the new Yaris. Banished [we hope]  from the dash center is the eye of an instrument binnacle. Back in of the driver, where it belongs, is the instrument cluster. Among exclusive to the sport-themed SE model are gauges and a thick-rimmed, flat-bottomed wheel, with 10 and 2 o’clock detents. Our tester’s optional automatic gearbox features a lever dressed in chrome and which rows elegantly a gated selector. Secondary are located for simple and intuitive the exceptions being the cruise stalk on the steering column and the head unit toggle.

The sound system was free distortion, just as it was free musicality, even in HD FM radio.  cabin trim and switchgear in the Yaris, while sturdy simply appear austere. If the of this sporting hatchback is then the seat upholstery the blue tweed inserts not offend Grandma.

About on par other aspiring pocket are the mechanicals of the 2012 Yaris SE. 106 horsepower coming out of a raucous inline four mill, stir us. But the Yaris is just pounds of car. The 104 pound-feet of are more than either the or New Fiat 500 send to their wheels. The 4-speed (you that right) slushbox  hunts between parsimony and A super short 4.2:1 drive ratio keeps up speed. If a par for class 0-60 run in the 9-second bracket doesn’t 32 miles per gallon which the SE returned in predominately suburban should .

Holding out the promise for a more drive in the SE version of the Toyota are the aforementioned greater tire patch and a electric assist rack with a faster dialed in. Rear drum from lesser Yarii are for disc brake rotors, join larger diameter front rotors. Getting on the yielded some impressive feel and easy modulation hard cornering. As much as enhance braking, those Bridgestone Turanza tires are a tad to react to steering inputs. is minimal in the Yaris SE, but audacious will generate a slight end lift which amounts to a reminder of a lightly sprung beam rear suspension. acting dampers, complemented by a chassis, shrug off the worst perturbations with a slight

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About the only chink in the SE’s armor is a paradox of a position. A steering wheel adjusts for rake and not reach hardly be a sin as it is here where the seat to a conforming position can be For all their thigh support and bolstering, the front sport in the Yaris SE defy modern for comfort.  It’s a shame 33-inches of rear seat and 15 cubic feet of cargo without folding the 60 / 40 split back, speak volumes class leading space.

The $18,100 MSRP of our 2012 Yaris SE is is some $3000 than the Yaris L. Yet, at price it splits the difference the $17K Mazda2 Touring and Fiat 500 Sport.  What the SE concedes to the Mazda2 in  steering and greater handling limits, it a more compliant ride, cabin materials and amenities Bluetooth hands-free and USB /  I-pod The extra grand for the Fiat 500 you two less doors, and noticeably room for people and belongings.

it remains to be seen whether hens or Orkans will the new Yaris as one of their own.

2012 Toyota Yaris SE in Blazing Blue


Toyota Yaris hatchback II

Toyota Yaris hatchback II
Toyota Yaris hatchback II
Toyota Yaris hatchback II


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