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.