Upside : Great gas mileage, zippy drive for a four cylinder, very reliable! Downside: No legroom in the back seat; but the back seat does fold down to create greater storage/carrying space and more trunk space.
Car would have been ideal designed as a two-seater.
Lately I've been able to drive my gf's 2010 Yaris sedan auto and I cannot understand why this car ever gets a bad review. The turning radius is so tight, it's insane. The room up front is fine, a little tight in the back, but it's a subcompact. What blew me away most of all is this car's gas mileage. I've found it to be much better than 32 or 33. She has had the car for nearly 3 years - 0 problems. She still gets free oil changes, spent nothing on the upkeep. The ride is comfortable, we drove it on trips - no problem and like I said, the mileage is unreal. I own a '06 Xb with the same exact engine. 100K plus miles - zero problems. It's the reliability, that's why people buy it.
Gas mileage, problem free, easy to park, reliable, turning radius, fairly comfy ride, simple controls.
It's a simple car so there are fewer things to go wrong with it electrically.
Excellent engine - I have the same one, it's been around a long time and will not give you problems as long as you put oil in every 5K.
Economical in every way - if you're looking to save money, this is the best car I know of.
The new model (all hatchbacks now) may have addressed this but - this car is dark inside at night.
It's hard to see the window and lock controls.
That's the only problem I have with it.
If my '06 xb ever gets wrecked (only way I'd part with it) I'm getting a Yaris, but with a stick.
This is a great city car, but if you need more speed - get it in manual.
Makes a big difference IMO.
Its no secret by how many miles are on this car that I bought it because of the great gas mileage. A little pricey. $17,000 and it doesn't have power ANYTHING. Friends make comments about that and they have a point. Still love the great gas mileage 35-40 highway. No problems with this car so far.