2008 Toyota Yaris Consumer Review: Much more than I thought

2008 Toyota Yaris Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Much more than I thought
By Chuck on


2008 Toyota Yaris 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)


Bought the four-door hatchback, 5-speed (Mexico). Ordered the "base model" - got 15 inch tires, CD, ABS brakes, A/C, Tach, rear window wiper; which seems more than the base model in the US. I wanted to buy American made but could NOT beat price, quality, economy. Broke- in on Mexico-Florida-Michigan-Mexico trip. At 65 mph I averaged 39 mpg. Replaced back seat with carpeted 3/4 inch plywood, so it's a mini-minivan: the hatch and back doors are a dream for access. I really baby it around town and love its eye-catching good looks. It is FUN to drive; stable, peppy, stylish. I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I do. It is satisfying, even after over one year.

Best Features

Special attention people give you. The versatility of the four-door hatch. Reliability and great economy. Good handling and fun to drive.

Worst Features

Higher 5th gear on tranny; telescoping steering wheel; water temperature gauge.
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