2008 Toyota Yaris 1.5L from North America
Cheap, versatile, efficient and reliable
Nothing major, yet.
I've started to notice some minor interior rattles from the rear of the cargo area such as the liftgate panel. Then again, the car is 6 years old and used.
The paint and clearcoat are cheap and thin. You breathe on it the wrong way, you've got a blemish or scratch.
A bad odor comes from the HVAC vents about 5% of the time.
The Yaris is a small, inexpensive vehicle that offers convenience options... if you pay for them. If you don't you'll have to manually adjust the windows, locks and mirrors the old fashioned way. Overall it's very reliable and delivers good MPG for a low price. Interior comfort is about average and it has a lot of space for its small footprint. The build quality for the car is good and the reliability so far has been above average. With the rear seat folded down, there is also a good amount of storage space. Below the cargo area where the spare tire is held, there are small bins to store various tools and jumper cables just in case. Visibility is easy as the glass area is large and the speedometer is located in the middle. Don't expect full instrumentation.
Acceleration is quick and responsive while the steering is light and easy. Perfect for city driving. Braking is about average, but when it comes to the turns, there's a lot of body roll so don't expect to throw it around corners too quickly. It sits high in the air, almost as high as some SUVs or minivans, so you get small car driving with a big car viewpoint.
The best quality about this vehicle is the fuel mileage. I've averaged around 46 MPG and that's with the 4-speed automatic. On good days, it is possible to get 60 MPG if you behave with the accelerator. Overall I'm very satisfied despite some small issues with the paint and the HVAC odor. If you're a college student like me, or a person with a strapped budget looking for a hassle free car, it's a basic set of wheels with a quirk of character that should last you for years before trading up to a better vehicle.
If you buy this vehicle, the dealerships won't include an interior cabin filter. It's a common issue with the early model Yaris that it allows small dust and debris to get stuck on the AC evaporator inside the car, and as it builds up with the moisture, it'll start to stink. Ask them to install one for you, or buy a cheap one at an auto store for a few bucks and install it ASAP. Just an FYI.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th October, 2014