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2007 Toyota Yaris

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2007 Toyota Yaris Review

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The Toyota Yaris makes its U.S. debut this year after a successful eight-year stint in Japan and Europe. Unlike other vehicles that first launch outside the U.S., Toyota has decided to keep the Yaris name across all global markets. The Yaris replaces the Toyota Echo as the smallest and least expensive vehicle in the Toyota brand lineup. There are two distinctly different Yaris models; the Sedan and the Liftback versions. Of the two, the Liftback's exterior makes the more expressive design statement and, although the sedan is nearly 20 inches longer, both vehicles share the same chassis, engine and drivetrain.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you trust Toyota for reliability and are in the market for a tiny subcompact, the Yaris fits the bill. You might also need to be open to a few curious looks on the street - the Yaris sports a distinctively "Euro" design.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like more conventional styling or have a penchant for performance driving, the Yaris will not meet your needs. It's a simple, four-cylinder economy model with a whimsical design - not a sporty performer by any stretch.

What's New for 2007

This is the Yaris' first year in the U.S. As the first of the many new smaller and less-expensive subcompacts from major Japanese carmakers (such as the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa) the Yaris' gas mileage ratings rank highest (34 mpg City and 40 mpg Highway).

Driving the Yaris
Driving Impressions

The 106 horsepower of the Yaris is enhanced slightly by Toyota's VVT-i engine and dual-overhead camshafts. There is a light, almost effortless feel to the Yaris in steering and during...

... moderate acceleration; however, the engine seems strained when asked to deliver more. With this relatively small engine and 14-inch tires, we found the Yaris lacking in performance when traveling at 60 mph-plus speeds on the highways. This is a shortcoming for Toyota since one of the main competitors - the Honda Fit - has a few more horses (109 horsepower to Yaris' 106) and is much more fun to drive. This kind of subtle difference may not impact you, but if you're in any way interested in quickness and responsiveness, the Yaris fails to impress.

Flexible Seat Adjustments
The Yaris provides four-way adjustable front seats and fold-down rear seats that provide nearly 13 cubic feet of cargo space in the Sedan.

Roomy Cabin
The Yaris boasts the largest wheelbase in the subcompact arena. This is most noticeable in the interior leg and head room in both front and back seats.

2007 Toyota Yaris Details
2007 Toyota Yaris photo Interior

The Yaris Sedan and Liftback share many things, but the instrument panel is where they part ways. Both vehicles have the center-stacked "waterfall" type of gauges borrowed from the Lexus design philosophy. The disconcerting aspect is that at night there are no gauges or little lights in front of you, causing you to have to turn your head slightly to the right (and thus take your eyes slightly away from the road) to know, for example, how fast you're going. This design has become a cost-savings device among international vehicles, because it allows easy production changes when the driver's side is placed on one side or the other depending upon where the car is being sold. Another unusual trait of the Yaris interior is that the waterfall gauge panel provides a bit of a "cave" section behind it, allegedly providing storage space. This oddly-sized space might allow for balancing a small map, but anything more sizable would be precariously perched. Overall, however, the interior of the both the Sedan and Liftback seems roomier than you'd expect for the size of the vehicle.

Exterior
2007 Toyota Yaris photo

The most pronounced difference between the Yaris Liftback and the Yaris Sedan is that the Sedan is 19.3 inches longer overall. Though the two vehicles share a slight family resemblance, their individual styles are miles apart. Of the two, the Yaris Liftback has the more unusual exterior styling, with a pronounced short front overhang and an exaggerated "bulldog" stance. As slight as the front end seems, the wide flat-back design of the hatch door appears hunky and substantial, providing a low, easy opening to the cargo area. The mesh grille treatment on the Liftback version further differentiates its exterior look from the slat-grille design of the Sedan. The four-door Yaris Sedan styling seems rather traditional at first glance. It, too, has the short sloping overhang in front but the traditional sedan look is evident by the high arch of the roofline and high arc of the windows to provide decent head room for the back seat.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In this, the least-expensive segment of them all, the idea is to get the advertised price as low as possible, so the standard equipment list is usually short. This is especially true in the case of the Toyota Yaris. For instance, on the Yaris CE base model, no radio of any sort is included as standard equipment, and the majority of items on the standard list reads like the contents of any car - engine, glove compartment, windows and so forth. Sorely missing are head and side curtain airbags that, however, are offered as optional. To be fair, the standard list does include driver and front passenger airbags, air conditioning, power steering, tilt steering wheel and color-keyed mirrors and door handles. More notably, the Yaris offers four-way adjustable front seats with height adjustment, which is not usually found in the subcompact segment.

Optional Equipment

Most notable on the Yaris' list of options is keyless entry, which only the Hyundai Accent offers in a competitive product (although, technically, the Accent is a compact car - not subcompact, which is smaller). On the downside, however, anti-lock (ABS) brakes and side and head-curtain airbags are offered as options, not standard. Another option that stands out on the list is the rear window defogger - many competitive products offer this feature as standard. A simple solution to getting the basic features you probably want is to consider adding the Convenience Package, which includes an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability and auxiliary input jack, 60/40 split folding rear seat, 15-inch wheels with full wheel covers and rear defroster, and/or the very comprehensive Power Package, which includes anti-lock brakes, an upgraded sound system and interior, alloy wheels, cruise control and power door locks, windows and mirrors.

Under the Hood

The Yaris Sedan and Liftback share the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-I), producing 106 horsepower. This is enough power to tool around town, but maybe not enough to take a chance at passing a Mack truck on a two-way highway with an oncoming car in sight.

1.5-liter in-line 4
106 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
103 lb.-ft of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 34/40 (manual), 34/39 (automatic)

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2007 Toyota Yaris Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 786 Ratings for the 2007 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

great car

By on Thursday, June 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "not enough trunk space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car in 2011 new with a extra warranty for 8 years and have almost 3 years left on it .. took in each time it needed a oil change and check up always in great shape. I have not driven many miles on her and am under 32000 miles. needs shampooing and has 2 small inch dings in drivers door , nothing than cant be pulled out ```very small``` a few driving scratches that can be buffed out easy. not deep ones . other than shampooing and buffing shes a beauty still. ty Jewels"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Reliable, Economic No frills transportation

By on Friday, May 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Economical to operate and reliable"

Cons: "Noisy interior and factory radio sucks!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"My wife bought this car new in 2010 and about 2 years ago I started using it to commute about 30 miles to work each way after she got a new car. 33-35 mpg, reliable transportation with no extras. We got the base model, no power windows or door locks, at the time it was a $15,000 car. Never let us down. Has ample power, handles tightly. My biggest complaint is the interior noise is horrendous! You have to turn up the radio to near max to here it and by the way, the radio sucks, no reception. It literally feels like they used beer can aluminum for the body, it sounds completely hollow. My daughters will be using this car for now, but I may just trade it for a personal upgrade. Too small a car for first time drivers if there was an accident. Bottom line, it is a reliable economy car and feels like one."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Epic. bullet-proof reliability

By on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliability, fuel-efficiency, turning radius"

Cons: "An armrest would be nice...."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"When I was looking for a car way back in 2010, after owning cars like the abysmal VW Golf and sinking thousands of dollars into repair costs for that death trap, I decided that I wanted a car that was actually reliable and fuel efficient. It didn't take me long to narrow my choice down to the Yaris. In terms of reliability, the Yaris and its 1NZ-FE engine have delivered and then some. Zero problems in over 5 years of ownership. After coming from my nightmare with the VW Golf, which was in the shop literally every two months or less, the Yaris is like a sweet dream. It's a subcompact, but don't let that fool you. It's like a tank, and it has never let me down. For a non-hybrid, it has great fuel economy (and I never have to worry about replacing a hybrid battery pack). I will have this car for many more years. I really appreciate Toyota, their dedication to quality, and their obvious loyalty and concern for the everyday concerns of their customers. Compare the Yaris to cars that just plain suck (Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, VW, etc. and so on) and you really start to appreciate just how great the Yaris really is. I've owned really really bad cars, and the Yaris is easily one of the most reliable, fuel efficient cars I've ever owned. And in the end, that's what matters most to me. That is, how often will I have to take a car into the shop once the warranty expires. With the Yaris, not once, thus far. My advice to anyone shopping for a new, or used, vehicle is to research, research, research. There is no reason to get stuck with a car that will only cause you problems, because there are automobile makers out there that actually care about their customers. Consumer reviews are a great resource for those of us who care about reliability and long-term dependable ownership. I recommend the Yaris without reservation."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

High Mileage Workhorse

By on Sunday, May 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 360,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliablity and MPG"

Cons: "Very light weight car, does not like wind gusts."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Believe it!! Owned this Yaris Hatchback for 9 years now with currently 360,0000 miles on the odometer. Reliability is fantastic. MPG is 35-38 with 70% hwy-30% city driving. Toyota service department still gets a thrill at the mileage every time I have the oil changed.....and really that's all that's been done to it. Went through 2 alternators, 1 catalytic converter, 1 water pump and regular tires-brakes. Exterior still looks great without a garage. I can't be happier with this car. Let's see if I can get 400,000 miles out of her."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

LOVE THIS CAR!

By on Sunday, April 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun, reliable"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Perfect for me, a short person. Driving position and comfort excellent. Great acceleration. Easy to get a speeding ticket. My 6'2" son fits in the front passenger seat just fine. Lots of cargo room for its size. Convenient placement of controls, cup holders, lots of nice compartments. Only routine maintenance in 1st 90,000 miles. Handles like a go-cart, loves curves up and downhill."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Major dependable!

By on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Dependable, gas miser, spacious interior/trunk."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Riveting Red!

"I purchased this vehicle in 2013 with 39,000 miles on it. Except for tires (and an exhaust/muffler at 70,000), I have done nothing to it except regular maintenance. Fantastic gas mileage (40-43 mpg) and incredibly dependable. Best of all--no surprises ;-)"

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Riveting Red!

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