I've only had my new 2012 Yaris 3 DR LE a couple of weeks but so far I am impressed.
Has good visibility: sits a little higher than my 2001 Corolla LE - gas mileage pretty good, according to the display I'm averaging 33 mpg, all city driving...Driver's seat very comfortable.
I love the design of the dashboard/controls, all easy to reach and good-sized control knobs.
The two-tone dash (black and soft grey) looks expensive and instead of being perfectly smooth it has a little bit of texture to it.
Mine is the Wave Line Pearl color, a light blue.
Tire are pretty good quality, Goodyear Assurance.
I haven't sat in the rear yet but it looks to be fairly roomy.
Handling is good.
After 12 years i have left ford and selected a Toyota Yaris. I test drove the fiesta and loved it but after researching and hearing possible problems with their new transmissions and the price of the car i decided to look at the kia soul which i really liked, but then i researched them and found it was a nightmare with customer neglect and warranty drama. So i researched the Yaris and found mostly positive information. I read and watched every review on youtube so i decided to test drive it and fell in love. Yes it's not a ford mustang but the engine in that car speeds like you cant imagine on the freeway. The ride is super soft and coming from ford thats a gift from god. so i bought it!
I didn't like my 2010 Honda Fit 4 door because I felt crunched in the drivers side and looked at the 2012 Yaris and knew it was for me.
I had a previous 2008 Toyota Yaris ( basic)
traded it in for a 2010 Honda and now realized that I should have kept my old Honda fit, but realized that I have a great 2012 Toyota Yaris, which I will keep for many years.
Love the Yaris L hatchback. Stylish exterior look with comfortable bucket seats. Traded in my 2007 base model for this 2012 L for the multiple air bags, reliability and it's great for my budget. This is my third Toyota. They haven't failed me yet.
I do not recommend the Yaris. Buy a 9th gen. Corolla instead.
written on 10-16-2012
I've owned my 2012 Yaris almost one year and I regret having bought it.
The only good thing I can say about it is the gas mileage (I average 33.5).
The construction is shoddy.
The front bumper is barely held onto the frame.
There is no foam under the rear bumper.
The front wheel wells are made of the thinnest, cheapest plastic I've ever seen used in this manner on a car.
The car lacks sound dampening and the noise intrusion into the cabin at highway speeds is deafening.
Not even the cheap stock stereo can drown out the noise.
The steering wheel does not telescope, leading to a very uncomfortable seating position.
Buy a 9th generation Corolla instead.
Much better quality. Same MPG.