2009 Toyota Yaris Base Hatchback 1.5 from North America


Very reliable, but built cheaply


1) Water pump failed at 62,000 miles.

2) Transmission acts strange in mornings for the first few miles.

3) Clear coat is peeling off all over the car and Toyota will do nothing about it; every Yaris hatchback I see has this issue.

4) The little car scratches easily.

5) Some vibration from the front of the exhaust.

6) Takes A/C a while to cool the car, and there is nothing wrong with the A/C system.

General Comments:

Besides the water pump failing and the clear coat peeling off, the car has been wonderful. I can fill it up and go for two or three weeks without getting gas; at times I can top over 40 MPG.

I have the base model, but it's got every option available for the car, including the alloy wheels and fog lights.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2014

2009 Toyota Yaris 1.5 from North America


Reliable and not comfortable


No significant problems. Make sure you protect the alternator situated at the front of the engine. The radiator lets dirt get inside the engine bay, and the alternator gets sprayed. In the long term, the alternator pulley is prone to fail because of this. Install a plastic cover behind the radiator on the side where the alternator sits. Secure it properly.

General Comments:

This car has a poor suspension, and doesn't feel nimble or pleasant to drive. The older model (called Echo in North America, the equivalent of the first generation Yaris in the rest of the world) had more pleasant handling.

Tall drivers over 6ft (1.80m) don't have enough leg room. The front seats are fine for city trips, but uncomfortable for long drives outside the city. As a comparison, I was very comfortable in the old Echo for long trips.

The car is very spacious inside, and pleasant to the eye. Visibility is good, city parking is very easy, side mirrors are large, and the seats are high and easy to access with a high seating position, a little similar to that on the minivans.

The car is very stable on the highway despite the short dimensions. Noise is kept to a reasonable level. Better than the older model. Emergency handling at higher speeds is good and safe. The car handles well in snow when equipped with quality winter tires.

The dash of the car (the portion between the steering wheel and the windshield) is made of a special plastic that reflects the heat. In summer sunshine it doesn't get hot, which is a plus for cooling the interior of the car.

The car has proven reliable (no major mechanical issues) and the engine components appear to be of good quality and well put together.

This car has not received good crash test marks. In fact, in the regular crash tests it did well, but when crashed against a larger vehicle (against a Toyota Camry), the Toyota Yaris suffered serious cabin deformation (search "Yaris vs Camry" on YouTube).

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

Review Date: 29th May, 2014

20th Apr 2016, 22:13

Don't forget to apply anti rust at the rear wheel well, just in front of the tire. That place accumulates dust and dirt and will start to rust, which is not an easy repair. I have see several Yaris with rust at that place.

2009 Toyota Yaris Sedan 1.5 from North America


Low-cost reliable car


Dark-colored fabric on seats have weird blotches on them.

Cup holder is sometimes difficult to spring open.

General Comments:

Tested the MPG as consistently 36 MPG on highway, which was higher than manufacturer's specs.

Responsive steering. The impact of steering on my body could be improved by bringing the center of gravity for seating lower. The seats feel slightly higher than the Corolla.

Acceleration is fine for what kind of engine it is, but the normal acceleration sound is unattractive, and would probably make me bring it in for inspection if I hadn't heard it in other Yaris's.

Fairly comfortable driving position if you use the bottom half of the steering wheel, but can be uncomfortable if you prefer both hands on the top-half.

No problems with the car yet, and it was very decently priced for low mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2012