The Toyota Yaris is a sub-compact car. It is known for its fuel efficiency, affordable price, and fun appearance. The Yaris is available in a sedan and a 3-door or 5-door hatchback. The most impressive thing about the Toyota Yaris is its safety package, which includes technology that automatically cuts off fuel to the engine when the brake is applied. Overall, the Yaris is a sensible choice for those on a budget.
The Yaris comes standard with a 1.5-liter DOHC 16-Valve Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) 4-cylinder engine with 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. It gets 29 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. The hatchbacks has 9.32 cubic feet of luggage capacity. The sedan has 12.9 cubic feet. The hatchback version of the Yaris was designed at Toyota's European design studios and assembled in Japan, while the sedan was designed at their Japanese studios and assembled in Japan, France, and Thailand.
The Toyota Yaris first came onto the market in 1999. In some markets it was known as the Toyota Echo. The Toyota Echo was supposed to bring a younger generation of buyers to purchase Toyota cars. It was available in a coupe, sedan, or hatchback. The first generation was available until 2005. The second generation of the Yaris has been know as the Yaris worldwide since 2005. The Echo name is no longer used, and the coupe was no longer available.
In order to keep the price affordable, there are not many flashy standards on the Toyota Yaris. Basically, this car offers the nuts and bolts and not much else. You can always add options, but the price will quickly rise. An option for the exterior is a rear windshield wiper. In the interior, options include MP3 playback and XM compatibility, cruise control, leather trimmed steering wheel, remote keyless entry, power doors, and power windows. A positive is that many impressive safety features, such as the automatic fuel shut off when the brake is pressed, are standard on the Yaris.
The Yaris ranked 25 out of 30 in the U.S. News Auto Rankings for Affordable Small Cars. It also won the Environmental Transport Association's Green Car of the Year Award in 2008". The 2008 Yaris was also on Edmund's "Lowest Cost to Own" list. U.S. News and World Report named it the best car on the "50 Thrifty List". In 2007, it was a contender for Motor Trend's "Car of the Year".
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