Weeklong Road Test: The 2010 Toyota Yaris 5-Door Hatchback — National…

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Toyota Yaris 5-door

2010 Toyota Yaris

used to be only a few five hatchbacks in the subcompact economy car and most of them were so bad they made buying a bus seem like a worthy (cough* Chevy Aveo5 . As a result, buyers flocked to stalwarts like the 2010 Yaris, Honda Fit and Nissan

But the 2011 model year is to usher in a whole lot more in a segment that already razor thin profit as an ever growing concern. to the launch of the all new 2011 Ford and Mazda2, you just have to how a model like the Toyota will fare in the sales

The 2011 Fiesta and Mazda2 are incredibly stylish, feature quality interiors and apparently are a lot of fun to drive. No, I haven’t driven of these vehicles yet but once I do it call for an in-depth comparison

But first things first, examine the 2010 Toyota in a multitude of areas to see if it can even a candle to the mighty 2010 Fit I tested earlier this So read on to find out if the 2010 is an also-ran or if it can still keep up the youngsters in its segment!


I think the five door marks itself out as the cutest of a model range which includes a four door and three door hatchback. The greenhouse and friendly front end combine to give the Yaris a that can only be likened to an Japanese cartoon character.

The styling of the five door is also more bulbous and than the slab sided Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. But though the Yaris pips the Fit and in the exterior design stakes, it looks rather staid compared to the 2011 Fiesta.

Styling, Design and Utility

The of the 2010 Toyota Yaris is a dream come true for who loves to be organized and neat. are at least 8 cubbies and gloveboxes into the dashboard with my favorite being the lidded located right behind the wheel where the gauge pod normally go. (Note: the speedometer is topside in the center of the dashboard.)

But if you are a organized (or anal retentive as the may be) person than I am, you might trouble remembering where cell phone is once it ringing in one of the myriad hiding Considering the number of dashboard I found it odd that the driver and passenger have to share one cupholder.

There are bottle in all of the doors to quench the thirst of who favor water or perhaps Not that drinking fluids actually hydrate you is a bad thing but if you are me and have found yourself to Diet Coke this is a deal killer.

Now, this is where the door Yaris gets by the Honda Fit. With the row seats in use, the Yaris up only 9.3 cubic feet of space. Even worse, the cargo cover feels as sturdy as a piece of cardboard and came loose during

Fold the second row flat, and the five door Yaris an urban mini-moving van. The seats in my test model split 60/40 and slid and forth. With the rear all the way back, the 2010 Toyota five door offered up of legroom for 6-foot tall

Visibility out of the 2010 Toyota is excellent thanks to the low slung design. The power window reside conveniently on the upper of the doors and the only thing for the driver is a center armrest. one feature would make the a much better long cruiser as you are forced to rest elbow awkwardly on your leg extended freeway jaunts.

Features and Fuel Economy

EPA fuel economy estimates of 29 highway, I expected exemplary returns from the 2010 Yaris. Thankfully, the Yaris this test with its gas street credentials left Over a week of driving I an excellent 33.8 miles per

The five door 2010 Yaris starts at $13,455 and a four speed automatic a 1.5 liter 106 horsepower/103 lb. feet of 4-cylinder engine, air conditioning, headlamps, tiny 14 inch wheels, an audio prep with 4-speakers, anti-lock vehicle stability control, control, brake assist, brake force distribution and six

In my opinion, if you want to make 2010 Toyota Yaris door livable, then you to invest another $1,705 the Power Package. Ticking option box adds power power door locks, mirrors, keyless entry, player with Aux-input 15-inch wheels with covers, a 60/40 split seat, a recline function for the seat, a rear window and an engine immobilizer.

My test came with some like a rear spoiler floormats and a cargo area mat for and cruise control for a whopping Unless you plan on routinely long road trips in Yaris, you probably don’t cruise control. As for the rear let me just say it is unnecessary from a visual and practical point of

Driving Impressions

Given the output from the standard 1.5 4-cylinder engine (106 lb. feet of torque) and the use of a geriatric automatic transmission, I expected akin to that of your garden snail. But with a time of 9.8 seconds, the Yaris proves to be a smidgen quicker the more powerful Fit with a automatic.

The key to this performance conundrum is the that the 4-speed automatic in the isn’t afraid the engage in downshift behavior to keep the in its optimal powerband. Even so, the in the Yaris does struggle passing traffic at the elevated speeds of Southern California.

In its only the 2011 Mazda2 has power but the engine in the Yaris relatively quiet and smooth of the time. At freeway speeds you can hear wind and road but it is easy to drown it out with the If you are one of those weird people who without the radio on then you should save up to buy the hybrid That is one quiet automobile.

town, the Yaris felt a bit a go cart with light and steering that only to feel nervous at elevated speeds. The playful suspension gave the Yaris a feeling of that was tempered by a tendency to in the grooves Big Rig Trucks leave in the lane of the freeway. This is, all, a car designed mainly as an runabout. And in that capacity it

How Dog and Kid Friendly is It?

As with any Toyota, the of the Yaris is solidly built to all of the abuse dished out by canines and But due to the small 9.3 cubic foot hold, the five door is not ideally suited for parents who to haul strollers or other clobber with them For those instances I would you have a look at the larger Matrix.

But the 2010 Toyota Yaris back points on the Fido count thanks to a very rear seat that can two large breed dogs. The seats also recline so spoiled pooch can feel as he or she watches the world go by through the rear windows.


Toyota Yaris 5-door

The 2010 Toyota Yaris is a quality, efficient and inexpensive into the Toyota family. It may the whiz-bang styling of the 2011 Fiesta or the cargo hauling of the Honda Fit but it is a happy compromise both extremes.

The Yaris door hatchback may not be the class in its segment but you must remember the Yaris is also one of the oldest But what the Yaris has is an eager and a unique personality all its own.

But is the most important factor in segment despite the launch of laden new competition? Most new of cars like these want to know how inexpensive it be to buy and to own. And on that count, the Toyota Yaris offers up a unbeatable combination of safety efficiency and low running costs.

Vehicle Tested: 2010 Yaris 5-Door Hatchback

Price . $13,455

Price as . $16,652 (including destination)

on Test Model . Cruise Power Package—$1,795. (includes windows, door locks and 60/40 split rear 15-inch steel wheels wheel covers, rear wiper, keyless entry, player with aux-input Rear Spoiler—$299, Floormats—$193.

. 1.5 liter 4-cylinder

Power . 106 lb. feet of torque

0-60 . 9.8

Transmission . 4-speed automatic

Economy . 29 city/35 highway

as Tested . 33.8 miles per

Fuel Tank Size . gallons

Cargo Volume . cubic feet

Crash Ratings (NHTSA frontal): stars, passenger—4 stars

Toyota Yaris 5-door
Toyota Yaris 5-door
Toyota Yaris 5-door
Toyota Yaris 5-door


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