2010 Toyota Yaris S Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Toyota Yaris - Road Test Specs

2009 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

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


Model year2009
StyleS 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$15,125
Options on test vehicle Power Package ($1,290 -- includes full power accessories, 60/40-split reclining, sliding fold-flat rear seat, 15-inch alloy wheels and engine immobilizer); Security
As-tested MSRP$17,215


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in) 1,496cc (91 cu-in)
Block/head material Aluminum/aluminum
Valvetrain Double overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5:1
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)106 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)103 @ 4,200
Transmission type 4-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1) I=2.847; II=1.552; III=1.000; IV=0.700; R=2.343; FD=4.237


Suspension, front Independent, MacPherson struts and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rear Torsion beam
Steering type Electric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)19.7:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelPotenza RE92
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP185/60R15
Tire size, rearP185/60R15
Wheel size15-by-5.5 inches
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDrum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.7
0-60 mph (sec.)10.7
0-75 mph (sec.)17.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.9@76.2
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)10.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)96.66
60-0 mph (ft.)127.6
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) 0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)44
@ Full throttle (dB)76.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.2

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration comments No traction control here, but the wheezy engine doesn't produce enough oomph to need it in the dry. Brake torque works best, then the car produces a cute chirp as the tires latch on. Sadly, there isn't enough motor to make this car qualify as merely slow. Using manual upshifting near the redline is good for another tenth, however. Watch out!
Braking ratingAverage
Braking comments The pedal feels firm enough and the Yaris feels stable during full-ABS stops. The high 120s seems a bit long for such a light car, but then it has skinny low-rolling-resistance tires for fuel economy. At least it's relatively consistent and predictable.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling comments Slalom: Tuned conservatively to operate safely without stability control. Steering response and overall handling is respectable and well mannered, but not sporting. Gets the job done. Skid pad: Safely understeers its way to a 0.76g lateral acceleration number. Not much adjustability here. Plenty of body roll.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg) 29 city/35 highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)11.1

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,340
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,431
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.9/39.1
Length (in.)150.6
Width (in.)66.7
Height (in.)60.0
Wheelbase (in.)96.9
Track, front (in.)57.9
Track, rear (in.)57.5
Turning circle (ft.)30.8
Legroom, front (in.)40.3
Legroom, rear (in.)33.8
Headroom, front (in.)39.4
Headroom, rear (in.)37.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)51.4
Shoulder room, rear (in.)50.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)9.3
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft) 25.7


Bumper-to-bumper 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain 5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion 5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance Not available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbags Standard dual front
Head airbags Standard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancements Electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlNot available
Stability controlNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring system Tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance system Not available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger 4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front 5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear3 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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