Toyota Yaris 2007

Toyota Yaris 2007: Toyota's Yaris arrives in the nick of time to compete with numerous brand-new and also updated fuel-efficient subcompact models, filling an invigorated group that once appealed only to the thrifty-- or the damaged.

The Yaris changes the Mirror, which missed the mark from the minute it hit salesrooms in 2000, appealing more to seniors than to the young chauffeurs it was targeted at. Toyota doesn't always get it right the first time, however its models typically progress into affordable and high-selling products. After driving the car, it seems the Yaris is climbing Darwin's ladder, but it's not as progressed as it ought to be.

Toyota Yaris 2007


The Yaris is available in 2 body styles: a two-door hatchback and also a four-door car. The car, the basis of this testimonial, is the more conservative-looking. Larger than the Mirror, the Yaris is virtually as big as the Corolla as well as bears the snub-nosed appearance of the restyled 2007 Camry.

The base designs have 14-inch wheels while the S trim degree, currently for cars only, has 15-inchers. Both are simple steel with wheel covers. Fifteen-inch alloy wheels been available in some alternative plans. The S trim degree includes side skirts and a rear air dam.

Ride & Handling

The Yaris has an independent front and semi-independent rear suspension, the regular attire for this car class. Its flight high quality is fairly comfy, specifically as compared to earlier econoboxes. The roadholding is respectable, yet there's excessive body roll. This belies the Yaris' aesthetic weight, which at 2,514 extra pounds (with a transmission) is light, also for this class.

This is simply one of the Yaris' contradictions. It's incredibly light, yet it feels like it's throwing its weight around. It's very well peaceful at high speed-- a characteristic of weightier automobiles-- yet it relocates through room with even more of the economic situation automobile really feel than several of its recently introduced rivals. Think me, I have actually driven them all. If you've had the very same Yaris experience, or otherwise, upload a consumer review (click the tab over).

Going & Preventing

A 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 106 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 103 pounds-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm may seem puny, yet it's the same level for the subcompact course. It pushes the flyweight Yaris to 60 miles per hour in regarding 9 seconds, which is affordable, and also provides phenomenal gas mileage.

Driving the Yaris - a minimum of the automatic version-- isn't cause for exhilaration. The numbers look decent, but the accelerator pedal isn't very receptive. The transmission doesn't kick down readily sufficient, a fault made a lot more troublesome by the fact that it has only four equipments. Modestly powered four-cylinders with automatic transmissions are a worst-case scenario; if my expectations are high, it's since Toyota has actually proved to be far better compared to several at constructing receptive four-cylinder automatics. Here? Not so much. One more equipment or perhaps a clutchless-manual setting, which I generally discover meaningless and also ridiculous, would assist. The manual is likely a different situation altogether. In fairness, I haven't driven an automatic Honda Fit yet.

When it comes to the stopping, the equipment is exactly what you'll locate in almost all subcompacts: power front-disc and also rear-drum brakes. They definitely do the job, however I'm disappointed by the mushy, numb pedal. Four-wheel ABDOMINAL is a $300 stand-alone choice.

The In

The Yaris' inside is maybe the least advanced aspect, post-Echo. The materials top quality is improved, as well as the faux-aluminum plastic isn't really the most awful I've seen, also when compared with extra pricey vehicles. In general, it's not the most effective Toyota could do.

The instrument panel is still in the facility of the control panel, a place that has actually gathered a level of derision nearing physical violence for both the Mirror as well as the Saturn Ion. Among the factors for this strategy is that it is easier and also less costly for car manufacturers to make both left- as well as right-hand-drive versions for various global markets. Still, I'm astounded it wasn't transformed. I are among the few people who really did not mind this placement because I commonly find that the guiding wheel obstructs my sight of the instruments, but Honda has verified in the Civic that evaluates can live high as well as ahead, above the guiding wheel.

The ceremony of ergonomic bungles proceeds. While the vehicle driver's seat has the essential elevation change, complete with the easily run ratcheting bar, the padding is shorter than it needs to be, as well as I couldn't get as far as preferred from the pedals without getting too much from the guiding wheel. Not all vehicle drivers are 6 feet high, yet I haven't had that trouble in various other subcompacts-- although none have a telescope adjustment for the guiding wheel.

After that there's the pedals, which I found to be peculiarly close together despite a spacious footwell, with the accelerator pedal virtually touching the bulkhead to its right-- definitely closer to a barrier than any kind of I've experienced prior to. Could this be one more casualty of a prejudice toward right-hand drive? An opportunity anomaly? A conspiracy to make this the bitchiest review ever?

The cupholders as well as storage provisions are all wacky yet useful. Consisted of in my examination vehicle's optional Power Plan is a convenient auxiliary audio input for MP3 players and so on. It's strange that it's tucked into a storage container on the right-hand side of the center control board, where it would certainly best be gotten to by the traveler ... or the motorist in a Japanese model. Oh, now they're simply attempting to tick me off.


The Yaris hasn't already been crash checked, yet regarding the security includes go, dual-stage front airbags are basic. Actually, they are needed in all new versions. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are offered with side drape air bags in a $650 option. Anti-skid brakes are optional.

Freight & Towing

The Yaris car has the anticipated cargo provisions: a reasonably sized trunk and also a 60/40-split, folding backseat that expands the cargo area into the cabin. Folding up the seats is a one-step procedure including release handles atop the backrests. The facility shoulder belt goes across the opening, yet it can be detached at the seat and also kept in its retractor. Note in the photos that the opening into the cabin is little about the trunk's size, which is nothing new for Toyota. Several of the 2007 Camry's trim degrees have no folding-seat feature, as well as those that do additionally have a smaller sized opening than do lots of rivals.

The Yaris shares the discreetness usual to this auto class in the form of straightforward trunklid joints that descend right into the freight area, and also a trunk launch that sits on the floor in the vehicle driver's footwell. There's no launch on the optional remote keyless entrance. The trick needs to be used when opening the trunk from the outside.


No features are glaringly absent from the Yaris. Increasingly the standard in this class, a/c is conventional. While standard power home windows stay unusual, power secures significantly are beginning to be included in this course. The Yaris includes them in an alternative bundle together with power home windows. Toyota's archrival, Honda, includes both things requirement in the Fit, in addition to some high-value safety and security attributes.

Yaris out there

It's probably apparent that my general response to the Yaris is one of disappointment. It's simple to hold up the Fit as a brand-new criterion. The concern here is that Toyota, the manufacturer of such class leaders as the Camry and Sienna minivan, isn't really leading anyone in this course. The Hyundai Accent is difficult competition, as are the Kia Rio and also Chevy Aveo. Toyota has actually pulled something of a GM below: It has boosted significantly over its own previous item yet permitted the competition to move the standard with which the Yaris appears planned to compete. All-new versions and full redesigns are a maker's possibility to make significant adjustments and enhancements. Not taking advantage could mean years of stagnancy as the competition develops further-- and faster.

The vehicle market is like the wild kingdom, where the fittest endure. If the setting ends up being much more hostile because of greater gas costs, the Yaris could have the attributes to keep it solid. But if the survival challenges are broader as well as more diverse, the more advanced types available might effectively consume it to life.