2012 Toyota Yaris YR 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand


Do not purchase this poorly designed car


Fact: The engine emits a high pitch frequency (like ringing in your ears - tinnitus, 2-3kHz pure narrow tone). This occurs at speeds of over 90km/hr and is extremely irritating. The noise leaves my ears ringing after a highway trip. I have recorded this sound with professional equipment and shown it to Toyota. After complaining to Toyota, they replied that this "condition" is normal in all Yaris model engines and would do nothing to fix it! (Toyota tested an identical model and it exhibited the same "condition"). I am still trying to get my money back on this car, as it only does half the job it was designed to do.

General Comments:

The glare that bounces off the dash onto the inside of the windscreen makes for very poor visibility in the early morning and late afternoons.

The new windscreen wiper design catches a lot of wind, making it sound like strong winds are buffeting the car.

The interior panels are poorly designed, and there are numerous rattles that come and go in the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th December, 2012

20th Dec 2012, 00:49

I'd like to know what specifically that sound sounds like. I find it strange that an engine would emit a high frequency noise at certain speeds.

15th Feb 2013, 10:51

It's a resonant frequency; sometimes its effect is a sound or a vibration. I remember a friend's 76 Golf; the engine would hit just the right vibration frequency to make the throttle return spring eat through its mounting like it was made of a soft metal.

2012 Toyota Yaris L 1.5 liter petrol from North America


This car gets great gas mileage, has great reliability, and everyone should own a Yaris


Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

This is a wonderful hatchback.

This car is peppy and fun to drive.

This car gets great gas mileage, averaging 41.2 mpg highway, and about 34 mpg city, with the air conditioning on.

This car has bulletproof reliability and great safety features in its class.

Everyone who cannot afford a hybrid or electric car, should drive a Yaris!

I love my Yaris.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2012

15th Nov 2012, 09:32

No way you'll ever see me drive one of those. I'll give up driving completely before that.

16th Nov 2012, 21:54

Yeah, for sure. The last thing a person needs is a practical, reliable, fuel efficient car with a solid track record.

17th Nov 2012, 10:17

Being cheap, we rented one in Florida from the airport. No thanks.