Used Car: 2012 Toyota Yaris Review
While the 2012 Toyota Yaris has good safety and reliability ratings, reviewers said that some competing small cars are more fun to drive.
The 2012 Yaris received lackluster performance reviews from critics, who said that its four-cylinder engine is sufficient, but otherwise very forgettable. Some also thought that the available five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions are dated in comparison with the six-speed units found in many rivals. One reviewer said the Yaris’ steering is direct and communicative, but most reviewers didn’t comment on the Yaris’ handling. The Yaris achieves up to 30/38 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. The Yaris also has a strong safety score.
The Yaris is available as a two-door or four-door hatchback. One reviewer noted that the quality of the materials used inside the Yaris isn’t as good as those found in some rivals. Most test drivers found plenty of room and comfort in the front seats, though one reviewer said that the back seat is too narrow to seat three comfortably, which is common in this class. The Yaris comes standard with a four-speaker stereo with a USB port and an auxiliary jack. Power windows are not standard on the base model, but they are available. Other available features include cruise control, keyless entry, an upgraded stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio and satellite radio. The four-door Yaris has 15.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats (15.3 in two-door models), which is slightly less than what some competing hatchbacks offer.
Other Cars to Consider
The 2012 Honda Fit ranks highly, and earns respectable safety and reliability scores. Reviewers also said it is fairly engaging to drive, and that the Fit offers a versatile interior with good cargo space.
Reviewers said the 2012 Ford Fiesta is one of the more exciting cars to drive in the segment, and they were also impressed with its high-quality interior materials. Like the Yaris, the Fiesta has a strong safety score.