2009 Toyota Yaris Sedan 1.5 from North America
Decent car, but no thanks on purchasing one
Nothing happened while I rented it for the 2267 miles.
I was getting 39+ mpg on the highway with very little city driving.
It goes around corners quite well and handles good.
All I own are manuals, so I'm not used to automatics, but it did not seem much if at all quicker than our 1999 Hyundai Accent with a manual. I did not like the automatic transmission shift characteristics, it seemed to either barely accelerate or downshift with the motor screaming while highway driving.
I was wearing hiking shoes, and the footwell has a decent sized lip where the center console ends that would constantly catch my foot when letting off the gas.
The plastic steering wheel is very slippery, and made long days of driving a little more painful. I even did some shopping around for a steering wheel cover, but couldn't justify $20 for a rental car.
Center console is a negative buying point as well. The speedometer is off when looking at it from an angle. I found it much more convenient to use a GPS on the driver side window as a speedometer. The bar graph for fuel would be better as an analogue needle to better judge when 1/8 of a tank gets to be closer to an empty one.
I prefer to sit with my legs stretched out more, and this is the only small car that would actually had adjustment left! Every car and truck I've owned I have the seats permanently to the stop for leg room. Only thing is the steering column needs to be longer or a telescopic one. With the slippery steering wheel and being a further reach, I found it uncomfortable driving.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th September, 2009
29th Dec 2010, 15:12
The Yaris is a great choice if you want great fuel economy, and reliability. It's also one of the few Toyotas unaffected by the massive recalls. I drive its predecessor, the Toyota Echo. It's five years old, and I've not had one single problem. You get used to the center console, and the space inside is amazing. I wouldn't trade it for any of the new subcompacts like the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta, or the awful Chevrolet Aveo.
12th May 2011, 16:33
Driving two thousand and whatever miles in anything starts to suck.
15th May 2013, 07:11
Good point about the steering wheel needing more adjustment, for tall drivers. I'm 6'3 and there was no adjustment to make it comfortable, because the pedals were too close and the steering wheel too far, so I had to stretch my arms while driving. Sold the car since then.