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Pros: Great gas mileage, as I got as high as 44 miles per gallon going back and forth to work.
Cons: It needs more elbow and arm padding on the door and console. Hard plastic does not make my elbows feel very well.
Advice: Do not expect a lot of room, but there is plenty for a car of this size.I was very very surprised on how quiet it was and how tight it felt when steering around major curves.
Pros: Seats, stereo,
Cons: lots of plastic interior that scratches easily.
Advice: Great, fun car for the small price!I just bought the 2007 Yaris with the convienance package. Coming from a 1991 Geo prizm to the Yaris is like a new toy! It has so many more standard options that 15 years ago you had to pay extra for. I had a hard time deciding on the Hatchback and the Sedan. But opted for sedan for comfort, resale value, styling and the 19' body length difference is very noticable. The hatchback looked like a matchbox car compared to the sedan. The Yaris is very fun to drive and so far I have driven it about 250 miles and only used half a tank of gas. A nice feature when gas prices are $2.50 a gallon and I drive 25 miles one way to work everyday. The seats are contoured and comfortable. The center display panel was a little odd, but I got use to it very quickly. It has nice pick up as I catch myself doing 80 and not feeling like I was putting any strain on the engine. There is alot of storage areas, cool cup holders and the stereo sounds rich. Drops down back seats, backseat arm rest,light dimmer, tilted fat steering wheel are nice options that I never had before in a car. Other than having a car payment again after 10 years, I am really enjoying this car and feel I got alot for the money.
Pros: Has wheels and doors
Cons: Won't start up
Advice: Buy a car that runsI am dumbfounded at Toyota's new subcompact. Just today I went to Legacy Toyota to test-drive one. It was cheap-looking on the inside, had a cramped back seat and an annoying center-mounted speedometer. The steering wheel looks oddly small, and there is no center console. I then put the key in the ignition and turned it. Nothing happened. I don't understand why you would buy a car that can't move or start up. I guess it would be a nice conversation piece or tent substitute. Those Japanese designers sure are cunning.
Advice: Get it!!!!You have to keep in mind it only has 106 hp under the tiny hood, but once you get in the car, it feels great, I really love this car, mpg is great, monthly payments couldn't be better, it looks real nice, there's not a lot of them here in sacramento, I haven't seen the same color as mine, so it attracts a lot of people, they always ask me how it feels and the mpg, I can't lie, 'it's the best purchase I ever made' Parking: There's no spot too small-
Pros: General appearance and exterior design.
Cons: No built in ash trays. Hand brake awkwardly placed and hard to use. Insufficient front-seat storage space.
Advice: Road test thoroughly before deciding if you want to buy.Bought the 2007 4-door sedan with power steering, power windows and automatic transmission. You need to drive this car out on the freeway and some rough side roads to get a real feel. At low speed and on nice highway, car is smooth and quiet. Accelerate and you get a lot of engine noise. On rough road and bad pavment, road noise is uncomfortably high. Hand brake is placed in front of the covered storage space and is difficult to use. Insufficient storage space in front-seat area. Poor shock absorbance; you feel even small road bumps in the seat of the pants; jarring. Handles well. I prefer the 2001 Echo.
Pros: Backseat is very roomy for a car this size..trunk is pretty big too.
Cons: Trunk lid hit me in the head because toyota used a weak spring to hold it up
Advice: Great value for a small car..toyota qualityDrives great but I don't get the advertised mileage...more like 30-32 mpg. Of course my driving is mostly city stop and go so that makes sense. Hwy I am getting 36-38. Great handling, good power...nothing on driving impressions to complain about.
Pros: Looks and mileage
Cons: Poor manual transmission
Advice: Don't buy standardGreat mileage but, the standard transmission is history's worst. Such a low idle and weak clutch, makes hills and city driving near impossible. So sorry we purchased a car we can't use safely...especially compared to it's competion. We do own other standards which are excellent drivers...