Approach life with low expectations, it is conjectured, and you will be happier for it. Evidently, the residents of Denmark prove this theory. For decades, demographers have discovered that Danes comprise the happiest society on the planet, and the source of this happiness appears to spout from the fount of low expectations. As one researcher put it during an interview with The New York Times, Danes “are pleasantly surprised to find out that not everything is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
My experience with a 2013 Toyota Yaris SE also proves this theory. The Yaris was redesigned last year, but I hadn’t driven one in a very long time. All I could really remember about the previous Yaris, aside from a fading aftertaste of econocar cheapness, was that the speedometer was in the middle. Needless to say, I approached a week with the latest Yaris with low expectations.
As a result, the 2013 Yaris SE pleasantly surprised me, especially considering that just before I accepted the keys to this Toyota, I had spent a week with the segment benchmark, the Honda Fit. As it turns out, from my perspective, the only thing I like better about the Honda is its impressive cargo-toting flexibility. Otherwise, I’d rather drive the Yaris.