2008 Toyota Yaris 1.5L from North America

Summary:

Cheap, versatile, efficient and reliable

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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.

Pro tip:

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

2008 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5L from North America

Summary:

Great little car

Faults:

I have had no problems with this car. None.

General Comments:

It is what it is, performance is very poor even for a car in this class, but that is not why I bought it. Comfort is average for a sub-compact, long trips are not the most comfortable. It is fairly roomy (we have a 4 door sedan) for a small car. For driving around town and short trips, it is great, and it has been very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2010

2008 Toyota Yaris Sedan 1.5 from North America

Summary:

Excellent car for the price

Faults:

Slight oil leak, which the dealer promptly took care of. Timing chain cover was seeping a small amt of oil from it. Not even bad enough to drip yet, but I wanted it taken care of.

General Comments:

I love the car, and have driven it on over a 5,000 mile vacation road trip each year for the last 2 years in a row, 0 problems. Have gotten up to 45 MPG with it, but on average I get 35-40 miles per gallon. Gets best mileage around 65-70MPH, and then mileage really starts to fall off around 80MPH. Runs great at highway speeds.

If I had one complaint, it would be the car has too many rattles, but I'm OK with it. It is a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2010

24th Jan 2010, 15:53

It's best mileage at 65-70? Haha that's funny. Try 55 MPH. I've gotten 48 MPG out of my 2008 Honda Civic at that speed. And the Civic is a larger, heavier car with a larger engine than the Yaris.

19th Apr 2010, 19:43

Can you tell me how many miles are on your Yaris? I believe we have the same oil leak as you did. What did the dealer do to fix it? Our Yaris is also a 2008. If you get this message, please see when your YARIS was manufactured. You can find it on the I-pillar (door frame) on the driver's side. Ours was produced APRIL of 2008. Makes us think this might have been an issue for that period of time. THANKS.