2009 Toyota Yaris Reviews

2009 Toyota Yaris Sedan 1.5 from North America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Prizm

Summary:

Low-cost reliable car

Faults:

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

2009 Toyota Yaris from North America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Previous carToyota ECHO

Summary:

OK car

Faults:

Gas smell inside the car; I smell it every time I drive it. Has happened since a few months ago.

Gas pedal is too heavy and brake pedal is too light. When you press on the gas a lot of times, it gives it more gas than you expect and when you press the brake, it doesn't have any effect until it is halfway down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2011

30th Aug 2011, 09:22

Had a shocking experience with my Yaris; brakes totally failed! Car is only 15 months old! After been towed away and after 2 weeks of saga with Toyota Australia, they told me the brakes are fine... I guess somebody needs to get killed next time for them to acknowledge the problem. Very disappointed with the car, and even more with way Toyota customer service is operating.

I will sell this car ASAP, and would never buy Toyota again.

2009 Toyota Yaris YRS 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Great economical sedan

Faults:

The only problem I have had with this car is it was hard to start on two occasions. I have since added distilled water to the battery, and it seems fine now.

General Comments:

Car is a great size. There is plenty of boot space, and the seats fold down, and I can fit my bike. Try that in other sub compact cars.

Automatic transmission is a little annoying when it is cold. It won't shift into fourth gear until the engine cold light turns off in the dash.

Great fuel economy; costs about $7 for every 100 km I do.

Dashboard marks easily, and the steering wheel is a little too plasticky for my liking. Otherwise a very comfortable interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2011

3rd Sep 2011, 02:52

Just an update about my Yaris. Once it reached 35000 kms it developed a squeak in the seat and a rattle in the dash. So far I have been mucked around by the dealer to get them rectified. The seat track is on order and will be fixed under warranty. I would recommend when considering buying a Yaris, take it for a long test drive over different driving surfaces to check for any rattles or squeaks. I personally know of two other people who have the same model, which also has the same problems.

2009 Toyota Yaris Sedan 1.5L gasoline from North America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
Engine and transmission 1.5L gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Classic Toyota virtues live on in its most affordable model

Faults:

Not applicable. Test driven only.

General Comments:

I test drove the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit. They are rife for comparison, both giving outstanding fuel economy and the high reputation for reliability of their respective manufacturers.

Here are my impressions.

1. As between the hatchback configurations, the Fit provides a far superior use of space.

2. The powertrain of the Yaris feels more refined than the Honda. Being a Honda fan, I was disappointed with the 1.5 L Fit engine. It was uncharacteristically coarse sounding, and dare I say, reminded me of the rough little 1.6 L engine that came with the North American Suzuki Swift / Chevrolet Aveo when they first debuted. In contrast, the Toyota 1.5 L is a zingy little engine even if loud when pressed.

3. The Yaris sedan (there is no sedan for the Fit) looks and feels like a classy little car. The styling is tasteful and honest. It's by no means luxurious, but what is there exudes the design excellence and quality that used to be synonymous with Toyota. For example, the automatic shift knob in the Yaris is a solid little mass of firm plastic solidly screwed onto the gear selector. (In contrast, the knob in the North American market Corolla and Camry will rotate in your hand.) The seats bottoms are comfortably long for average height males. They are upholstered in a silky feeling textile with well aligned seems rather than the wear-prone chintzy mouse fur or coarse fabric found on many entry level offerings in North America.

4. Given all the rave critical reviews about the Fit's handling, I was again disappointed. It was very good but nothing special, and the ride was a little flinty over rough surfaces. The Yaris steering actually felt tighter and more responsive than the Fit and the ride quality was excellent for a small entry level car. (I have read that the Yaris sedan suspension is tuned slightly softer than the hatchback's.)

I'm a fan of the Yaris sedan, especially now that Canadian versions come with ABS and side airbags and standard equipment, like the Fit.

If I wanted a hatchback, I would go with the Fit for its superior packaging and flexible storage configurations.

If I wanted a classy, but inexpensive, little fuel efficient car, I would go with the Yaris sedan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2010

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 10 reviews