Review: 2012 Toyota Yaris 3-Door | The Truth About Cars

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Toyota Yaris 3-door

Review: 2012 Toyota 3-Door

The 2012 Yaris! a car! That might like the strangest marketing for a new car ever, but if you dig deeper it is Toyota’s at saying “ OK, we get it .” Why? Because like most manufacturers, has had staying on message with transportation. Need proof? no further than the Corolla. The was a small, cheap and cheerful that has since grown a 15-foot long sedan weighs almost 3,000lbs and can $20,000 with options. No how nice a Corolla might be, to buy it isn’t.

It’s a hatchback!

of getting back on message the Yaris was simplifying the lineup by the sedan leaving the 5-door Karesh snagged back in and the cheapest Toyota in America: the hatchback I had for a week. Why no sedan? tells us it accounted for less 30% of sales so it had to be euthanized in the name of Further simplifying things, just two trims for the 3-door (L and LE) and three for the 5-door (L, LE and SE) reducing the number of configurations from 25 in to 9. Yep, 9. In addition, there are no options on the Yaris, you pick the of doors, manual or automatic, from 8 available paint cruise control and away you go for to $17,960. Never before has a Toyota been this

It has a steering wheel!

There may be a palate to choose from on the but inside all 3-door Yaris get the same grey-on-black interior to Toyota’s streamlining. Plastics are as as you would expect in a car that under 15-grand, but the doors and do get a thin coating of squishy plastics (it’s the grey in the picture). Compared to the outgoing the 2012 is positively normal the instrument cluster returning to a position in-front of the driver. costs in check, the only that sports a tachometer is the 5-door SE model Michael Our tester, as with the rest of the gets a round blank that illuminates at night to you that you didn’t pop for the SE. Our LE tester had the two options going: cruise for $250 (available only on LE models with the automatic) and mats for $180. So what’s the between the L and LE? The LE buys you a standard transmission, body colored a better radio (L and LE both standard USB/iPod jacks), a seat with 2 more of motion, a 60/40 folding seat (the L’s rear folds flat as one unit), controls on the steering wheel, door handles, Bluetooth power windows and remote entry. The price for these $1,510.

The Yaris has an engine! The 3-door and Yaris share the same modern 1.5L four-cylinder with variable valve The 106HP come to the boil at RPM but despite this, it isn’t as as many small engines. is rated at 103 lb-ft at a lower RPM. I’d like to say this the Yaris quick off the line, but the of a tach really hampered my fun the 5-speed manual. Adding to injury, our LE tester mates the engine with an ancient automatic. The lack of cogs is the likely reason the Yaris the 40MPG mark with the manual posting 30MPG and 38MPG highway and the automatic to a ho-hum 30MPG city and highway according to the EPA. I an average of 31MPG on my daily If these numbers bother then you’re missing the of the Yaris which strangely isn’t to be the most efficient Toyota, but the cheapest to buy .

Out on the road the Yaris’s short wheelbase, light curb of 2,300lbs and somewhat stiff combine to make for a choppy on washboard pavement. All 3-door models come with vented discs up front, brakes out back and 175 width, 65 tires on steel wheels. being shod with all-season rubber, the lightweight handles surprisingly well a well-balanced chassis, direct numb) steering and a tight turning radius. Thanks to the wide stance and “wheels in the design, the 3-door is actually a companion when the going twisty. Because the chassis is a dance partner on windy roads, the budget nature of the system becomes more than in the previous generation smoke and fade following a of aggressive corner carving. I doubt many shoppers feel the need to push subcompact to the limits, beware the chassis writes checks the can’t cash.

There’s competition!

While Toyota shoppers are brand who won’t so much as look at woman car, the Yaris is as an entry-level vehicle hoping to the younger generation and train to be a lifelong Toyota customer. it’s easy to compare the Yaris to the slick 5-door Accent with its refined and more efficient and powerful it has a few too many doors. Indeed, all the save the Fiat 500 and Golf too many doors. Compared to the (starting at $17,995) the Yaris’ interior and old-school cog swapper can be because of the low sticker price, and to the Fiat, the Yaris is simply car. In many ways the fiercest competitor is in the family: the Prius c. Based loosely on the marriage of a Yaris and a Prius to with, the baby Prius at $18,950 and with a solid average (as tested by TTAC) vs the 30MPG average (as tested by it wouldn’t take long to the $3,325 difference in MSRP.

Toyota Yaris 3-door

I started scratching my head the Yaris at the release event for the c a few months ago and after spending a in the Yaris I’m more confused when I started. It’s not the fault. It’s a cheap car fulfills the mission of cheap and transportation with a totally dose of fun and simplicity. The problem is makes a much better the Prius c. With 50 MPG on tap and $4.40 in Northern California it would take 55,500 miles to even. If you’re worried a loss of fun, despite the heavier curb weight of the c, it handles almost as well as the and the hybrid drivetrain actually solve the braking complaints. If in the market for a compact car, it the Yaris is really only a option if you really want a new car but stretch yourself to the Prius c or one of the more premium subcompact

Toyota provided the vehicle, and one tank of gas for this review

as tested

0-30: 3.05

0-60: 9.0 seconds

1/4 Mile: seconds @ 79.5MPH

Toyota Yaris 3-door
Toyota Yaris 3-door
Toyota Yaris 3-door


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