2008 Yaris hatchback review
By spanyerd on
2008 Toyota Yaris 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
Great car for the $$. Tons of great features with Toyota's rep for quality. Xlnt int and ext styling. Gets good mpg, but less than expected @ 35 avg (likely due to 75mph hwy speed- my fault, I know). But it's "pep" means mpg are wasted with high rpm. A better 5th or added 6th gear would increase the mpg without killing the power. Lack of cruise control option stinks. I commute 150 miles/day @ 90% hwy. No CC means focus is on speedo not the road. Also drops mpg. Auto daytime dash & headlights without auto daytime tailights is dumb & dangerous. As day turns to night while driving, you have to "remember" to turn on the (tail)lights. Almost rear-ended. Also pulled over by CHP.
Hatchback has "double-take" looks & styling, especially from the front. Great engine. Impressive handling & brakes. Endless storage compartments & drink holders. Driver's glove box rules. Seat & door fabric pattern is awesome! Comfortable seats. Big doors. Long life-expectancy & A++ resale value.
5sp needs a tach. Better 5th or add 6th gear. Add factory cruise option. Lighten sensors in front pass. seat (lightly lean on it while driving alone, & it thinks there's a passenger so seatbelt alarm won't shut up). Allow continuous 12v power from outlet. Make armrest standard. More powerful stereo.