I wouldn't complain if there weren't a huge area in front of the shifter where Toyota could have easily put two more cupholders. One negative hits you about 20 minutes into a drive: It's incredibly uncomfortable to sit in and even harder to live with. All three models also have a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Yaris in the market With such tough competition from Honda and Nissan, it's hard to recommend the Yaris over its roomier competitors. While this may work in other small cars, like the Mini Cooper, the Yaris' pale, amber-colored speedometer readout doesn't stand out enough to grab your eyes. Each door has a bottleholder, but then what do you do with two Slurpees? Still, there are a lot of people who have safety reservations when it comes to cars this size. For a little economy car, these are big improvements to safety.
To see what's new for 2010, , or check out a of the two model years. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. In the end, reason won out and I put my son in the Yaris during my week of testing. So if you want things like power windows and locks, the Fit is the better choice. As for roominess, the Yaris is surprisingly adequate.
All three models also have a choice of 5-speed. The Toyota Yaris is in this segment, and this is the first year the smallest Toyota has been available as a four-door hatchback; previously, only a two-door hatch and a sedan were offered. In the world of subcompact cars, things have improved greatly over the past few years. The driver and front passenger have ample headroom and legroom. The Toyota Yaris is in this segment, and this is the first year the smallest Toyota has been available as a four-door hatchback; previously, only a two-door hatch and a sedan were offered. However, if you're looking for a vehicle with even modest levels of convenience, like power windows, there are better options. Traction control, vehicle stability control and Toyota's Star Safety System will all be standard.
Change the look of your interior with upgraded Seat Covers. Yaris Seat Covers are a great upgrade. Wind and road noise aren't terrible for this class. The Sport package adds rocker panels and a spoiler to both the liftback and the sedan, plus fog lamps and an iPod interface. Handling is superb and exactly what you'd expect from a tiny runabout.
There are three options packages available for the sedan and the liftbacks: Convenience, Power, and Sport package. Performance By far the biggest shock about the Yaris was how much pep it had. However, its price tag is surprisingly high, I wasn't very comfortable in it and its ergonomics are downright poor. Its snub nose is probably its most striking attribute, and you can find it on both the sedan and hatchback. Value I came away from my time with the Yaris liking its performance a lot more than I thought I would, but there's no way I could live with its poor ergonomics and uncomfortable seating. It's not a professional assessment; it's a personal one. Let's tackle the positives first.
It may not seem like much, but the Yaris has a curb weight of only 2,300 pounds. Your upgraded Yaris Seat Covers will make others green with envy. The little engine revs healthily even when paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, and it passes easily on the highway. It may not seem like much, but the Yaris has a curb weight of only 2,300 pounds. If you need a new look or just want to cover up that nasty stain, get some Seat Covers. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. That test simulates whiplash forces on a crash-test dummy.
Its snub nose is probably its most striking attribute, and you can find it on both the sedan and hatchback. Model overview: Last year, Toyota introduced a third body style for the Yaris, and it's keeping the lineup the same for 2010. It also swaps out the standard seats for sport seats and includes a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. It's just too bad the seats are horribly unsupportive and offer little thigh support. So while the Yaris' scores are good when compared to others in its class, buyers should remember that cars of this size are at a safety disadvantage against larger cars. All three models have the Star Safety System, tire pressure monitoring, airbags all around, high-tensile strength steel body panels, side impact door beams, and an energy-absorbing steering column.
It's also roomier and has better safety scores. Today's smallest models offer a lot of room, good fuel economy and surprising levels of quality for small amounts of money. First, there's the instrument cluster, which is in the center of the dashboard. For the record, I'm 5-feet, 10-inches and about average weight. The two- and four-door hatchbacks have a bit more utility and are more distinguishable. Fitting new Seat Covers is an easy upgrade. The two- and four-door hatchbacks have a bit more utility and are more distinguishable.