I wanted a new car with great fuel economy and a 1980s-era price tag. My bright red 2-door liftback automatic is an adorable head-turner that more than doubled my previous MPG. It sits a little higher off the ground so getting in and out is easy, and the front seat area is remarkably spacious. It feels "big" on the inside. For the price I expected a "less substantial" car, but was surprised at its grippy feel of the road and responsive handling on curves. A $20 cable from Circuit City allowed me to stream my iPod through the radio. Passenger-side airbag sensor activates the airbag based on weight. Overall a thoughtful design and intelligent vehicle at a realistic price.
Just plain fun to drive! I was expecting more putt-putt and got more vroom!
The only bummer was the power package (power windows and door locks) was not available in New England for reasons that defy logic. I love the Yaris and would have happily paid for the power package... are you listening, Toyota?