2008 toyota Yaris

2008 toyota yaris: Toyota's Yaris shows up in the nick of time to take on numerous new and also updated fuel-efficient subcompact versions, loading a renewed group that as soon as appealed only to the economical-- or the broke.

The Yaris changes the Echo, which missed the mark from the minute it struck salesrooms in 2000, appealing more to elders than to the young motorists it was targeted at. Toyota does not constantly get it right the very first time, but its models commonly develop into affordable as well as high-selling products. After driving the car, it seems the Yaris is climbing Darwin's ladder, yet it's not as progressed as it needs to be.

2008 toyota yaris


The Yaris comes in 2 body designs: a two-door hatchback and a four-door car. The sedan, the basis of this review, is the extra conservative-looking. Larger than the Mirror, the Yaris is almost as huge as the Corolla as well as births the snub-nosed appearance of the restyled 2007 Camry.

The base versions have 14-inch wheels while the S trim level, currently for cars just, has 15-inchers. Both are easy steel with wheel covers. Fifteen-inch alloy wheels can be found in some choice packages. The S trim level includes side skirts as well as a rear air dam.

Ride & Handling

The Yaris has an independent front as well as semi-independent back suspension, the typical clothing for this auto course. Its flight quality is quite comfortable, specifically compared to earlier econoboxes. The roadholding is good, yet there's too much body roll. This belies the Yaris' visual weight, which at 2,514 pounds (with an automatic transmission) is light, even for this course.

This is simply one of the Yaris' contradictions. It's incredibly light, yet it seems like it's throwing its weight around. It's admirably silent at high speed-- a characteristic of weightier automobiles-- yet it relocates via area with more of the economic climate car really feel compared to a few of its just recently presented rivals. Think me, I've driven them all. If you have actually had the very same Yaris experience, or otherwise, post a customer testimonial (click on the tab above).

Going & Ending

A 1.5-liter four-cylinder that generates 106 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and also 103 pounds-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm could appear weak, but it's the same level for the subcompact training course. It moves the flyweight Yaris to 60 miles per hour in regarding 9 secs, which is competitive, and also supplies extraordinary gas mileage.

Driving the Yaris-- a minimum of the automated version-- isn't really cause for exhilaration. The numbers look decent, yet the accelerator pedal isn't really very receptive. The transmission does not kick down readily sufficient, a fault made extra problematic by the truth that it has only four gears. Decently powered four-cylinders with transmissions are a worst-case circumstance; if my expectations are high, it's due to the fact that Toyota has actually proved to be better compared to many at building receptive four-cylinder automatics. Below? Not so much. An additional equipment and even a clutchless-manual setting, which I typically find pointless and also silly, would help. The manual is likely a various scenario completely. In justness, I have not driven an automated Honda Fit yet.

As for the stopping, the equipment is exactly what you'll discover in mostly all subcompacts: power front-disc and also rear-drum brakes. They definitely do the job, however I'm dissatisfied by the mushy, numb pedal. Four-wheel ABDOMINAL is a $300 stand-alone choice.

The In

The Yaris' interior is maybe the least developed facet, post-Echo. The products quality is enhanced, and the faux-aluminum plastic isn't the most awful I have actually seen, even when compared with a lot more costly automobiles. On the whole, it's not the most effective Toyota might do.

The control panel is still in the center of the control panel, an area that has garnered a degree of contempt nearing physical violence for both the Echo and also the Saturn Ion. Among the factors for this strategy is that it is easier and more affordable for automakers to earn both left- and right-hand-drive variations for different worldwide markets. Still, I'm surprised it had not been changed. I are among the few people that didn't mind this placement since I commonly find that the guiding wheel blocks my view of the instruments, yet Honda has confirmed in the Civic that gauges can live high and onward, over the guiding wheel.

The ceremony of ergonomic bungles continues. While the vehicle driver's seat has the essential height modification, total with the easily run ratcheting lever, the pillow is much shorter compared to it ought to be, as well as I could not get as far as desired from the pedals without getting as well much from the guiding wheel. Not all drivers are 6 feet tall, yet I haven't had that trouble in other subcompacts-- even though none have a telescope change for the steering wheel.

Then there's the pedals, which I located to be peculiarly close together regardless of a spacious footwell, with the accelerator pedal almost touching the bulkhead to its right-- certainly closer to a barrier than any I've experienced before. Could this be an additional casualty of a predisposition towards right-hand drive? A possibility mutation? A conspiracy making this the bitchiest review ever?

The cupholders and also storage stipulations are all eccentric yet practical. Consisted of in my test lorry's optional Power Bundle is a convenient auxiliary audio input for MP3 players and so on. It's weird that it's put into a storage space bin on the right-hand side of the facility control panel, where it would best be reached by the traveler ... or the driver in a Japanese design. Oh, currently they're simply aiming to tick me off.


The Yaris hasn't already been crash tested, however as for the safety features go, dual-stage front air bags are typical. As a matter of fact, they are needed in all brand-new designs. Side-impact airbags for the pole positions are readily available with side curtain airbags in a $650 alternative. Anti-skid brakes are optional.

Cargo & Towing

The Yaris sedan has the anticipated freight arrangements: a reasonably sized trunk as well as a 60/40-split, folding backseat that expands the cargo space into the cabin. Folding up the seats is a one-step process entailing launch knobs atop the back-rests. The facility shoulder belt goes across the opening, however it can be detached at the seat and also stored in its retractor. Note in the pictures that the opening right into the cabin is tiny about the trunk's size, which is nothing brand-new for Toyota. Some of the 2007 Camry's trim levels have no folding-seat feature, and also those that do likewise have a smaller opening than do lots of rivals.

The Yaris shares the modesty typical to this auto class through basic trunklid hinges that come down right into the freight space, and also a trunk launch that remains on the floor in the chauffeur's footwell. There's no launch on the optional remote keyless entrance. The secret should be utilized when opening up the trunk from the outside.


No attributes are glaringly missing from the Yaris. Significantly the norm in this course, cooling is conventional. While standard power home windows stay unusual, power locks progressively are starting to be consisted of in this course. The Yaris includes them in an option package in addition to power windows. Toyota's archrival, Honda, includes both things standard in the Fit, together with some high-value safety and security attributes.

Yaris in the marketplace

It's most likely obvious that my general response to the Yaris is among frustration. It's simple to hold up the Fit as a brand-new criterion. The concern right here is that Toyota, the maker of such class leaders as the Camry and Sienna minivan, isn't leading any person in this course. The Hyundai Accent is difficult competitors, as are the Kia Rio and also Chevy Aveo. Toyota has actually pulled something of a GM below: It has enhanced significantly over its very own previous product but enabled the competition to move the benchmark with which the Yaris appears planned to complete. All-new designs and full redesigns are a supplier's possibility making significant changes as well as improvements. Not capitalizing may indicate years of stagnancy as the competitors develops additionally-- and also faster.

The cars and truck market is like the wild kingdom, where the fittest survive. If the setting comes to be much more hostile because of greater gas costs, the Yaris could have the attributes to maintain it solid. But if the survival difficulties are more comprehensive and a lot more diverse, the even more advanced types available could effectively eat it active.