2006 Toyota Yaris S 1.5 petrol from Malaysia


Good value for money, and excellent as a first car for my daughter



General Comments:

Good balance of power and economy.

Steering is on the heavy side, but once on the move it handles like a bigger size car such as a 2 litre.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2009

2006 Toyota Yaris Base 4 cylinder from North America


Slowest car ever!


Nothing - it is a Driver's Ed car.

General Comments:

OK, I drove this car in my driver's ed training, and was sadly disappointed. I liked the looks of the car, and thought it was sort of cute.

When getting into the car, I noticed the seats were very uncomfortable. Whether I adjusted them up or down, it is very hard to find the right driving position. The seats are also very uncomfortable.

I absolutely HATED the centre-mounted gauges!!! Toyota has to go back to a conventional dash, and stop trying to so chintzy.

When doing an acceleration test, coming on to the freeway, I thought to myself this is BY FAR the slowest car I've ever driven! (even slower than my minivan which is pretty darn slow). I feel like I could order a pizza before we reached 60 MPH.

The car had tremendous brakes, and it stopped in very short distances. Handling was slightly above average.

The interior is terrible, and I think I'd rather buy a car from the 80's.

This car never broke down, so I am assuming it is quite reliable, but man this thing is SLOW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th March, 2008

2nd Aug 2009, 17:16

It's an economy car! It's designed for gas mileage, not speed!

2006 Toyota Yaris RS 1.6 petrol from Mexico


Near perfect little car, were it not for the clutch


Absolutely nothing. Not even the slightest of squeaks.

General Comments:


For perspective, I'm a 27 year old married small business owner who loves dogs and rallying. I owned this car for six short months, but I completely fell in love with it within that time. It was nearly perfect for me.


Besides the obviously underwhelming low end torque of the 1.6l engine, there is nothing to criticize here. In fact, there is a lot to praise! This little car has the best suspension tuning I've ever experienced, even beating an A3 when it comes to reactivity (I know I'll get flamed for this, he he). In fact, it's so responsive that the first time you get on after driving other superminis (actually, almost anything short of a hot hatch or true sports car), you'll probably find yourself turning in waaay too early for an hour or two. For a budget car, it's impressively capable: so precise you can actually brake hard from 140km/h to 40km/h around a "unseen 4 left over crest into speedbump" without feeling any danger. Gravel roads are a lot of fun so long as they're not too steep =). Even the pedals are spaced so you can use heel-toe downshifts (well, if you have feet like mine at least). Only gripe is the steering could use a bit more feedback.


Some people might find the suspension tuning a bit hard, but I'd rather have my eyeballs liquefied over a cobbled path than feeling seasick after a couple of km of moderately twisty road. As I said before, driving the car is so much fun that you have no time to notice a few bumps here and there. The seats are good, space is ample (I had a 2-door version). However, on this department is where I had my two biggest complaints.

The first is that gears are hard to engage at times: there's some kind of restriction midway between neutral and every gear that makes you think it's engaged when it is not; as a result, expect to miss quite a few shifts in the first few days.

The second, and probably most important complaint of my whole ownership experience, is that the clutch engagement point is too far back and extremely sudden. This means that one has to press the pedal nearly all the way to the floor to disengage a gear, and putting the car in motion either forwards or backwards is very difficult. Heck, it's so hard to start that three out of every four valets stalled the car at least once while parking it, and at least half of them did so repeatedly. But the most serious consequence is that, if you're like me, after about three or four months of driving it you might start getting lower back pain on you left side; I did, and was clueless as to why, until my orthopaedist traced it back to repeatedly exerting excessive force with my left leg fully stretched. Kinda like deadlifting without a belt, but only on one leg; one day I simply couldn't get up and out of bed, and it only went away when I stopped driving the car. It's probably something to do with my proportions, as I've had different posture problems with cars that others say are perfect, but it means I would never buy another Yaris unless there is a solution to that problem.


I personally like its looks very much. I think it's a nice compromise between target customers, as most girls seem to like it because it's "cute", and other guys like it because it's "cool". Blue and red look great.


For a married couple with dogs, this car is just perfect. Ample space in front, and with fold flat rear seats, the back swallows an awful lot of load. In my experience, it became obvious that this car was designed with two people in mind, as four people with three day's luggage, or five people with none, will have the car bottoming out on speedbumps (of which there are millions in Mexico).


This is where the little car really shone. I really beat it up: a thousand kilometers of steep, rocky gravel roads; engine braking, heel-toe downshifting and traction limit cornering on every last bend; days and days of highway driving; no mercy for the dampers on potholes; taking relatives for a few spins at sandy football fields; absolutely no braking for water splashes; taught my wife how to drive manual on it... you get the idea. I had absolutely no problems with it at all. Mechanics said that there was no abnormal wear on any parts (including the clutch), engine worked perfectly and started instantly no matter the heat or cold, dampers worked very well, and no part ever rattled or made so much as a strange noise. Commendable.

Were it not for the clutch engagement thing and my proportions (a problem I don't think many people will see), I would not hesitate about getting another for my next car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2007

4th Jul 2008, 12:59

I have experienced same problem, lower back ache.

But I've got clue to it - install the after market sports pedal on the clutch only. It weaken the sensitivity in controlling the clutch, but it saves you money in treatment and changing another car. SO.. why not giving yourself a chance to try, they are cheap in price.. I found the trick is quite useful for me, so that I suggest to u.