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2013 Toyota Yaris

2013 Toyota Yaris Review

(0 Stars)  Subcompact no longer means substandard.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The Yaris is pretty much unchanged after a full 2012 redesign.
Overview
The Yaris, redesigned last year, is a worthy contender in a segment that’s become much tougher. Its new sheetmetal has evolved from a too-cute jellybean into a more-upscale hatchback. (Toyota dropped the sedan with the 2012 makeover.) The interior leaves behind awkward attempts at cheap chic—no one ever liked that center speedometer—and instead adopts a traditional look and more standard features, including power windows and iPod connectivity. The only powertrain is the same 106-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder, but the SE complements it with a beefier suspension, quicker-ratio steering, and four-wheel disc brakes (rear drums are standard). Despite these changes, the Yaris remains behind the subcompact curve in some areas. It retains a four-speed automatic transmission at a time when many of its competitors offer six-speeds, and it fails to achieve the now almost obligatory 40 mpg on the highway. The Yaris suffers from disconnected, overboosted electric power steering. It’s also no bargain. The two-door Yaris starts at about the same price as choices like the Ford Fiesta that have a more premium feel and are more efficient. At the same time, it’s not as versatile and commodious as its nearest Japanese competitor, the Honda Fit.

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