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2012 Toyota Yaris L Hatchback

2012 Toyota Yaris Review

(0 Stars)  No longer a bottom feeder.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

The Yaris used to have little to recommend it beyond the fact that it was the most affordable way to own a new Toyota. This year it gets a shot in the arm that, at the very least, makes it worthy of consideration on other points. Styling, for instance. Its new sheetmetal has evolved from a too-cute jellybean into a more upscale hatchback. (Toyota has dropped the sedan, except as a fleet special.) The interior also 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. Although the only powertrain is the same 106-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder, a new SE trim 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. Even in SE guise, the Yaris suffers from disconnected, overboosted electric power steering (although that's hardly a unique offense in this segment). It's also no bargain. The two-door Yaris starts at about the same price as a four-door Mazda 2 or Ford Fiesta sedan. That said, the Yaris is worthy of consideration and, at the end of the day, is still the least expensive offering from an automaker that built its reputation on dependable small cars.

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2012 Yaris L Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.5L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 30 MPG city, 35 MPG highway, 32 MPG combined and 355 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
11.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 106 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 103 ft lb of torque @ 4,200 rpm

'12 Toyota L Hatchback Reviews

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'12 Toyota L Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Power Locks
Power Outlet(s)
Steering Wheel Tilt
Cargo Cover
Cup Holders
Brake Assist
Driver Air Bag
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Head/Curtain Airbag
Knee Air Bag
Passenger Air Bag
Rear Airbag
Rear Curtain Airbag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
Compact Disc Player
iPod Connector
  Tires and Wheels  
Wheel Covers
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