For 2012, the Toyota Yaris returns with a wealth of upgrades to help make it more competitive in the compact vehicle class. Combined, these upgrades serve to deliver a much more desirable car when compared to the 2011 model. Keep reading to learn what's new on the 2012 Toyota Yaris.
Styling Changes: 2012 Toyota Yaris
If you liked the sedan Yaris that was out last year, then you're out of luck in 2012. Toyota waves bye-bye to the sedan model, leaving the sportier hatchback as the sole body option. This hatchback has grown in size to provide a boost in cargo capacity (total length is 2.9 inches longer). The new model is also 0.6 inches lower to the ground, helping to give it a slightly more sleek appearance. Savvy shoppers will also note that the new Yaris has larger wheels.
On the inside, the Yaris scraps the center-mounted gauge cluster in favor of a more standard design. For the vast majority, this is a welcome change. The 2012 Yaris also receives a new mono-arm windshield wiper that supposedly does a better job at keeping the windshield clean.
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Performance Changes: 2012 Toyota Yaris
The Toyota Yaris returns with the same thrifty 1.5-liter 106-hp engine that was available last year. However, a lighter curb weight helps boost fuel figures to an estimated 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway (33 mpg combined). Opt for the automatic transmission, and those numbers drop to 30 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway (32 mpg combined). Regardless of which transmission you prefer, a revised suspension helps give the new Yaris a more nimble driving dynamic.
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Features and Pricing: 2012 Toyota Yaris
For 2012, the Toyota Yaris receives a slight price hike. Base MSRP for the vehicle is now $14,115 – around $1,000 higher than last year. However, this price increase is based in part on a bolstered standard features list, which includes power door locks, air conditioning, rear windshield wiper, fold down rear seat, cargo cover and four-speaker stereo with CD player, satellite radio and auxiliary input. In terms of safety, the Yaris now also comes standard with an impressive nine airbags. Seats have also been redesigned in an effort to reduce whiplash in the event of a crash.
Last year's LE trim returns with such add-ons as remote keyless entry, power windows, 60/40 split rear seat, Bluetooth and upgraded six-speaker stereo.
New for the year is the sporty SE trim, which comes with a specialized sport-tuned suspension, larger wheels, performance tires, four-wheel disc brakes, cruise control, leather-trim steering wheel, enhanced cloth upholstery and more. Opt for all the bells and whistles, and you can expect a price tag around $16,400.
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