What We Drove
Fun to Drive
Second Opinion – Blackett
A few weeks back we evaluated a redesigned Hyundai Elantra. That comfortable, well-built, decently-equipped, and appropriately-powered midsize sedan rang in at $16,400, albeit with a manual transmission. The EPA rates the Elantra at 36 mpg on the highway. With that being just one example of the values currently available, I’m not sure why anyone would opt to pay more than $15,000 for a tiny Toyota Yaris hatch that is estimated to get an extra three mpg on the highway. Also included are low-budget materials, some quirky ergonomics, and an ill-placed speedometer. There’s no center armrest, but the meager engine is responsive, rear seat room and cargo space impressive, and visibility is excellent. Put it all together, and you’ve got something less than value.
Second Opinion – Buglewicz
This Toyota Yaris is an incredible example of space utilization. It’s as if the engineers looked at every void behind the dash on the CAD display and decided to make them storage compartments. There are two glove boxes, a storage compartment in front of the driver, cupholders that fold out from under the dash vents, pockets astride the center stack, a bin on the floor, another cupholder at the back of the center console, and even a pocket on the driver’s side dash near the door. The Yaris is noisy, cramped, has an uncomfortable driving position, looks weird and has questionable fit and finish, but man, can it hold a lot of junk.