I went for the 2 door hatchback, manual, convenience package only. I was looking for a cheap, brand new car, and I got more than I ever thought I would. Being the most basic package, there's not a whole lot of extra safety features, but I almost feel like I don't need them. Handling is excellent; it is as responsive as I figured for a 106 hp engine. The interior doesn't feel cheap and I enjoy all of the extra compartments. Everyone who has gotten in it for the first time is amazed at how much room there really is. Everything I brought down with me for school fit in the Yaris (bed, desks, a bike, shelves, etc). Highly recommended for someone looking for a new, cheap car that's great to drive.
Fuel economy: though I've only gotten above the rated fuel economy once (40.06 mpg), my average so far is right around 37 mpg. I love the feeling of buying 6 gallons of gas and knowing I'm set for a couple of weeks. Surprising amount of space, especially with the seats folded down.
I'm not a fan of the daytime driving lights. Cup holders in the door can impair rolling the window up/down. Headrests are angled too far forward. Unconventional door locks make it hard to open when you lock your keys in the car. (Oops!) The material for the panels between windows can age quickly.
Excellent vehicle for the price! Great commuter car! MPG is in the mid 30s in Dallas traffic. The center instrument cluster is easy to get used to, and easy to read. The steering handles very well, and the car reacts quickly when needed, but initially takes getting used to. Braking is good, but clutch can be a little stiff in stop-go traffic. It rides very well, if somewhat noisy. Lots of room for such a small car, including great head clearance both front and back, and good trunk space. Sits high, which makes entry and exit easy, and gives the feel of a larger car. This car was an excellent buy; thank you Toyota!
Responsive manual transmission, roomy, smooth ride, great fuel mileage for a non-hybrid.
Yaris is exactly what you see is what you get. The power is impressive for a 1.5L 4 cyl and trans is smooth shifting. I average 33.7 mpg; coming from a Tundra V8, I can't complain. Seats are a little tight for my middle aged expanding backside, but this car is aimed at the skinny youthful set. Center mounted instrument pod stinks!
Gas mileage, ease of handling in parking lots, performance for an econobox.
Move instrumment pod to where it belongs. having to consantly look over to the right is distracting. Seatbacks need to be a little less confining.
I purchased 2 Yarises. I knew better from previously owning Toyotas that the Yaris would at least be reliable and fuel efficient, and to my surprise, refined (for a $15k car!) I've owned them for 6 months and so far no problems. Overall I'm extremely satisfied with my purchases.
Turning radius, 35ft. best ever recorded. Center dash. Looks (best in class). MPG (best in class).Toyota refinement and reliability. Trunk space.
Since i purchased my 2007 Yaris in August i immediately fell in love with the gas mileage, average of 35 city and as much as 48 hwy. But i found that on option was unavaible for a keyless remote which i really miss. The 12v outlet in the console needs to be redesigned because the cover will not stay closed. I also found that you cannot roll the windows down in the rear without getting a head splitting noise. When you are used to riding with the rear windows down when it is not hot enough for the air conditioner this is a disappointment. I am a large guy and the interior room is great, seats are good and good leg room.
The seats are great as well as the leg and head room. Fuel mileage is great averaging 35 to 48. I got the one with abs brakes and have had no problems stopping. The 1.5 engine is great for my needs with plenty of pep.
Get wind noise fixed. Offer remote keyless entry and trunk opening. Move cup holders from in front of vents if heat is on drinks get warm in a hurry. Bigger console, put two items in it and it is full.