2007 Toyota Yaris LE 5 door hatchback 1.5 from North America


Fun and practical


I have had sensor issue since 45000km. Doesn't harm the car, so the mechanic I took it to keeps saying don't waste your money on fixing it.

Replaced the heat shield ($18); made a really bad rattling noise.

Regular maintenance; I have replaced every single fluid at 87000km, and the belt; it runs like it's brand new now.

Oil gets changed every 5000km with 100% Mobil One synthetic oil.

Never had a issue starting the car at -30c. Considering I don't plug the car in.

General Comments:

For a small car with an automatic, it sure has some power, which makes it fun to drive.

Love the hatchback with all the room. Managed to fit a 11 drawer tool box 2 pieces into it.

Doesn't cost a lot to fill it, even when gas price were high when I first bought it.

On long drives, the seats are a little uncomfortable, and I wish I had cruise control; otherwise the car is perfect.

The only issue I have with the brand is the dealership. They're rude and a bunch of p***ks. If I buy a Toyota again, it's not going to be at that dealership. I don't take my car there anymore; found a specialist.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2010

2007 Toyota Yaris Liftback 1.5L VVT 4 cylinder from North America


A car that's as practical as it is fun to drive, and a pleasure to own


Nothing went wrong with the car, electrical, mechanical, gas pedal or otherwise.

General Comments:

Engine performance was great on the Yaris. Whether being in stop-and-go traffic, or commuting to and from work on the expressway at 65 to 80 miles an hour, the car always felt responsive and surprisingly smooth at high speeds.

The cabin was very spacious and accommodating for ANY car, not just sub-compacts. I'm 5'11", 270lbs and had no problems getting in and out of the car, and there was plenty of legroom in the front. Of course the back is a different story, but even then there's plenty of room for a couple of kids in the back seat.

Controls were all within decent reach, just have to get used to having your instrument panel and speedometer in the middle of the dash. Very little trunk space, despite having the liftback model, but once you fold down that back seat, you have plenty of room to move what you need to. Having an auxiliary input for your MP3 player was a nice touch as well.

The only thing I wasn't really completely satisfied with the Yaris was the handling. Steering seemed just a little vague, and I just wished the car would've handled a little better. In all fairness, owning a Volkswagen Jetta at the same time, I could be a little biased though.

Unfortunately, I had to trade in the Yaris for a minivan as the family has grown, but the car was great and remains one of my favorite cars owned and driven. The car was very well thought out by Toyota for its subcompact segment, and its reliability and gas mileage is second to none.

All in all, a great car for the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2010

9th May 2010, 18:20

The Yaris is built exclusively in Japan, so no gas pedal worries. Same goes for any other Toyota models built in Japan.

2007 Toyota Yaris TS 1.8 from Norway


All in all, a good city car with some extra punch


Seat heating is not working. It worked, but now suddenly it won't.

Also I just changed to winter tires. When I took off the summer tires and rims, I noticed that both tires in the back are worn out, and worn like on the insides of tire. Front ones OK, normal wear.

I spoke to dealer and he was surprised at first, saying that it should not happen, there is no rear camber to adjust and so on. So we agreed that I run the car 10 days or so with winter tires and rims, and then see if these also wearing off or what. Shall report back here on this issue.

General Comments:

OK car. Small but yet a lot of space inside. 4 adults can easily sit in a car.

My version has keyless start and go, and it's really nice feature. But it happened 2 times that after stopping at a gas station (same one) and after tanking, the car would not start. Display was saying that the key is not inside the car, and it is. Each time I pushed the car 10-15 meters and then it would start normally. I read in newspapers that this problem can occur on some cars that don't have good isolation on electrical wiring and so. So if you park above, beside or below some power cables, it could 'jam' the car.

Yes, so car is small, it's not so light weight, but it has a good engine - 1.8 liters, and it serves the car well. There is enough power if you want it and when you want it. It's not a sports car, but like a normal small car with some extra power.

As summer wheels I have 17 inch low profile Goodyears, and I'm happy with them. They serve the car good in fast cornering, high speeds and so on. In winter I chose 15 inch Michelin snow. Good so far, but the car has noticeably less sporty handling now. Oh well...

Fuel consumption is not good. But hey, 1.8 liter engine.

In summer I get around 9 - 9.5 liters per 100km.

Best I got in summer is around 8,8. A lot I think.

As soon as I changed to winter wheels, the fuel consumption fell down to 8L per 100km. Not bad.

What more to say, we are a 3 person family, 2 adults, 1 child and the car size is OK for us. Mainly because when we travel, we don't take all the house with us. So we are OK with the space.

The front seat yes. Driver's front seat. I don't know, but I'm not happy with it. I'm 190cm with 110kg. And on 2+ hours journeys I just can't find a good sitting position. I can move the seat up-down, forward-backward, but it's no use. This seat is not good for me. When I tested the car before buying, I noticed right away that seat position doesn't fit me well, but I thought oh well, I'll adapt. Wrong from my side. I will probably be selling the car soon cause of the seat. Sad but true.

If you are the same size as me, test the seat really good before buying!!!

Ps. I'll update the review as long as I have the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th November, 2009

26th Apr 2010, 08:05

Have now changed to summer tires. No side wear on winter tires.

I blame heavy summer rims. They are really heavy.

Have not fixed the seat heating, as I don't use it and don't care.

Anyway, no other problems.

Bought with 26,000km. Now have 42,000km.

3rd Jun 2010, 01:46

Sold the car at 42200km.

I need something bigger as we have one more family member on the way.

Also I just could not find good sitting position. Not good car for my 188cm and 100kg.

I find also fuel consumption to be high for such a small car. I know it has a big engine, but anyway I think it's high.

All in all, an OK car.