2009 Toyota Yaris Consumer Review: Great for town, bad for highwa

2009 Toyota Yaris - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.5L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Great for town, bad for highway
By yarisdriver on


2009 Toyota Yaris 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl 4A)


I have a conflicting experience with this car. We made 2 long trips in this one, one was 4000 miles/5 days long to a remote area in TX. If you live in a city, have 55 MPH speed limit–it is a great car. Roomy inside (I’m 6’4”–have plenty of space), nice MPG. If you have to operate it daily above 65 MPH–don't buy it. The car has a horrible problem with oversteering. It is not a defect, it is a design issue. Electric buster is too sensitive, so on a high speed forget about your cell phone–a small bump can be deadly. My wife got into an accident after trying to honk when doing 70 MPH: couldn’t hold the car with one hand, lost control and went into a ditch. The car is OK, but it tells a lot.
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