I had a 2 door hatchback for almost 2 years. First off, I describe it as driving a Pepsi can on wheels. I got so many dents from the littlest of things with this car. I had an accident from sliding down a hill of ice and hit someone from behind. The car handled well in the accident, but was expensive to fix. The worst part of having this car, was when it was windy. I had an issue where the wind hyper-extended the driver side door and it wouldn't close afterwards. It was raining at the time, ergo, the interior got soaked, which led to an interior odor, and even after the door was "fixed" by the body shop it still never worked properly. Very noisy interior.
Odometer in center console an excellent idea. Fantastic gas mileage and amazing amount of storage space. I drove from Indianapolis to Louisville and only used a 1/4 tank of gas. Seven cup holders for such a small car is amazing.
More sturdy build. Make cruise control an option for long road trips and the stereo system could use a major improvement, but as an overall everyday use car, the Yaris is a wonderful vehicle to have.
I bought my Yaris S in August 2006 and it has been a great car. I thought the slow acceleration speed would bother me, but I take the interstate every day and it has never been a problem. It's a fun car and I couldn't be happier with it. My family is in the car business, so I've seen (and driven) all kinds of cars, and this one is the nicest under $30K I've found.
Enough trunk space to fit 2 storage bins, good gas mileage, everyone loves the gauges in the middle of the dashboard, fun cup holders and storage compartments, love the MP3 jack, roomy enough interior to fit 4 adults comfortably, and it feels safe.
Automatic seats, leather, keyless, etc., and all of that would have been nice.
The car does good on fuel until you take it out on the highway, anything above 60 and the fuel mileage drops like a rock. I get about 37 for mixed driving but when I take it out on the open road... 25 to 28
All the cup holders and cubby holes
One more gear in the manual, another over drive and reverse is a little to high geared for people who live the hills
As gas keeps going through the roof, I keep smiling. With an average mpg of 40+ in mixed driving, I can't understand why people don't park their SUVs and get this to drive to work. What I am saving in gas is making the payment, not to mention the lower maintenance costs. The only negative is the cup holders, which is really a minor thing. The stereo is decent, the interior is roomy, and the seats are comfortable. I'm not a small guy, but this really doesnt feel like a small car.
Exterior design. Overall style. Its a very sharp looking car for the price. The engine and transmission have pop. Its not hard to keep up with traffic.
Cupholders need to be better placed. More play in the clutch, car stalls too easy when starting out. Ive driven manuals all my life, this one is a little too tight.