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Pros: great fuel mileage
Cons: the position of the left arm rest
Advice: great quality at an affordable pricethe car has enough power (manual transmission), very stable on road, easy to drive, great brakes. great price, great fuel mileage. I use it for daily commute to work (25 miles one way). center dashboard easy to get used to. enough room for driver, I am 6' tall, 250 lbs. I purchased the sedan version. The hatchback is a lot more noisier. The automatic transmission lacks power. I qualified for 0% APR with 0% down payment.
Pros: Load capacity of liftback model
Cons: Headlights should turn off automatically when key removed.
Advice: Enjoy the price.Purchased Dec. 2006. Now has over 22,000 mi. Driven several times between San Diego and Indio, Ca. Hi-speed freeway driving, involving CA 60, with winding and hilly road, and a stretch of I-10 and gusty winds North of Palm Springs. Aerodynamic shape holds the road, and car is peppy. Radio gets occasional static, but since absolutely NO WARRANTY problems, this can be overlooked. Really wanted to see what a car UNDER $13,000.00 could offer. This does the job. Great drink holders, mileage o.k. (9 gal to fill, and close to 330 mi. range).
Pros: gas milage
Cons: all the defects.
Advice: don't buy a yaris. I'm pretty sure there are more saferI had the same thing happen to me. 3 mos after driving it off the lot my air conditioner started to fail. the dashboard would shake badly. I took it to the dealership and they charged me $400 because there was a piece of paper stuck somewhere in there. they said it was because i had paper in the glove compartment, and was sucked in there when i turned on the air. it really upset me, now my heater core is leaking water all over my passengers feet. Im afraid to take it in for they might fault me for their defected part.Im not a fan of my yaris.
Pros: gas milage and Toyota reliability
Cons: It's a little small compared to my last 4 SUV's but I am very used to it now and having to add several options
Advice: Disregard Comsumer reports negatives - it's not noisy, and the ride is fine especially on the highway - and finally the joke about the center console being a distraction is not an issueAfter owing my Yaris for a year now, I am very happy with it -- worst mpg was a tank at 34 miles/gallon at my usual 74 mph on the highway - it routinely averages 38 mpg and reached 41 on a long trip. I added studless michlen winter tires and have had no trouble even with the 30+ inces of snow we have had so far this year. My dealer here in Maine (Charlie's) has been great to work with. Buy a Yaris and enjoy it.
Pros: Gas mileage
Cons: Tiny engine
Advice: Test drive a Honda Fit first just to make sure.Great economy, looks, practicality, and a very solid little engine for what it is.
Pros: It's cute and reliable, and there is lots of room for those in the back as well.
Cons: Spedometer in the middle of the dash, rather than in front of the driver. Not much place to put change or to deposit your cell phone or glass holder.
Advice: If you want a manual transmission, try it in a hill first, then you might prefer an automatic transmission.The first time I drove this car, I found that the manual transmission went well, so did the clutch, but it was hard to start in a hill because the friction point is very precise so you have to let go the clutch very very slowly not to choke, but if you're in a hill, you have to do it fast so that you won't go backwards and hit the car behind you, so that's the hard part with this manual transmission, a problem I didn't have with other cars. In 5th gear, the motor revs slightly too fast so you hear the motor more than you should. There are a few vibrations in the dash, central part, after a while, but it's not that bad, after all it's all plastic. Most cars I had had this rattle here and there in the dash, so it's not better nor worse than a Corolla. There is no temperature gage in the dash, so you don't know if your motor is heating too much. You'll only know once it's too late. It,s very fun to ride and I would buy another one, but I think it's worth puting 1000 bucks more for a Corolla.
Advice: you'll never regret itIt's love at first drive. Outstanding exciting never got such thrill entry level auto. I got power package C/C wheel upgrade alu. My rav 4 is great but this little yaris is off the chart. I love what you done for me toyota.