So many people would be glad to have a new car, even one like the Yaris. It's provided economical transportation for millions since its introduction. Anyway, free country. People can crawl on broken glass if they like.
Something like this would make a good college car; I'd take it any day over a hybrid.
As a daily commuter, it's probably pretty good if you're not too tall.
Yeah, I'd like a new car. A new Jag/Mercedes that is... not an ego buster like this hunk of junk. Trust me, you ain't gonna be picking up many chicks in one of these.
Yeah, I'd love a fancy car, but I live in the real world. Unless there's a lottery win, or a huge inheritance, no Jag/Mercedes is realistic, unless I want to drive myself into the poor house with huge car payments. Besides, Jags are a mechanical nightmare. Mercedes have a lot of problems, too. I'd be very happy with something like a Volkswagen GTI, or the new Scion FRS.
Anyway, I wouldn't want a woman who only cares about the car I drive, even if it was a Yaris, which isn't that bad of a car if you take it for what it is. That's very superficial.
Yeah, but a Yaris is going to get you laughed at by boys and girls alike. It's not a car that people exactly look forward to driving. Although, I am glad Toyota actually improved the vehicle since its debut; the early models were the paragon of ugly and unattractive.
Actually, I drive the Yaris' predecessor, the Echo. No boys and girls laugh at me. Even if they did, I couldn't care less. I laugh when I pass the gas pumps and the repair shop. Very fuel efficient, and extremely reliable vehicle. So is the Yaris. Check the reviews on this site.
Looks are subjective, but if you want ugly, take a look at the Nissan Cube and Juke. The Fiesta sedan looks awkward, too.
Well we wouldn't care about fuel efficiency if we stood up to our corrupt governments, that are artificially inflating our gas prices through massive taxes and "transportation fees". If we did that, gas would be no more than around $1.50 a gallon.
Actually most people don't really care what you drive, and even if they do, it's only for perhaps a second or two. Most people only care what they drive, and couldn't care less what someone else drives.
Complaining about high fuel prices? Welcome to the rest of the world. You guys are still paying half what anyone else pays, except for perhaps OPEC nations.
Exactly why I'm considering buying a 1970s American land yacht, and making a move to one of those nations.
I have the opposite problem regarding my car's appearance. I drive a customized grabber orange Mustang. All the stodgy, anal-retentive conservative types despise it, though they probably secretly envy it.
What we drive should never be anyone else's business. And any girl (or woman) who would judge a man by his car is not worthy of his attention anyway. I fondly remember when I commented to my first girl friend about how the girls were so taken with my friend's Corvette. At the time I drove a very decrepit old Ford. Her reply was "It's not the car I'm impressed with. It's the guy behind the wheel".
I married that girl 40 years ago.
I have been asked many times in bars and clubs what I do and what I drive. It's obviously sizing you up. #1 seeing if you are employed and if you are able to wine and dine them. Not all the time, but it happens.
I have been out with some pretty nice women that drive upscale cars and earn substantially more. Goes both ways. And pretty car savvy as well, or at least know where to have them serviced. Cars do not make the man, but they sure make the right woman.
2 comments above: bars & clubs are not usually the best spots to meet females.
Now back to the topic at hand, the Yaris is an excellent vehicle for people who require simple, efficient, and reliable transportation. My ex used to drive an Echo, which is mechanically identical to the Yaris. Hers had 230k+ miles when we split ways last year, and believe me, she didn't keep up the car much at all other than refueling when the gas blinker warning would come on. Of course the car was rather odd looking, but she didn't care and neither did I.
I too rented one of these -- as a mule to carry a few of us and our gear to a meet-up for a river trip. The thing was miserable. People say that it is reliable, and I don't have sufficient experience to disagree (<2000 miles). However, the engine seemed totally over-matched by three people and our gear. I mean it was absolutely screaming to match freeway speeds OR climb passes (doing both simultaneously was not possible).
The interior was ridiculous, but probably fine for a cheap car. NOT roomy.
The thing I don't get is that people buy these when they are new. Why?! There are plenty of options and this is... depressing.
As a used commuter I can see this coming into its own.
I recently bought a 2009 used Yaris Hatch. It has plenty of room considering the small size of the car. My elderly mother, whom I often drive, told me the back seat is more roomy and comfortable than the back of a Mazda 3 I had to rent once. It was like a cramped park bench back there according to my mum. The Yaris is a fine city commuter car with great reliability history and great fuel economy. That's why people buy it, new or used.
I rode in a rental Yaris and a 2012 Mazda 3 Touring. The Mazda was far more comfortable and smooth, even at 70 MPH on the Florida Interstate. And great headroom. I am 6'2, my daughter is 5'10, and we drove hers on a 1600 mile round trip.
Yeah, the Mazda three is more of a sporty drive, and headroom is fine. However, for a compact car, the amount of leg room in the backseat is not very good. It's tight, and uncomfortable. It's not easy to get into or out of the car either. No thanks on owning one.
Ever look in the trunk of a new Mazda 3? We had plenty of room. The car flies for its size; it's easy to speed. Especially the Touring. We have all options, and it has more than my loaded Edge.
If you need rear seat passengers, I would go with a bigger car. The Yaris, we couldn't stand at all, even from the airport. No thanks whatsoever on that one.