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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 777 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

I named it "Lucky"

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Mileage"

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

"I have always been a new car buyer. I wasn't in a position to buy a new car in Jan. 2011 so I purchased my 2007 Yaris sedan used. It was a former corporate car and had considerable mileage when purchased (90k). I took a chance, and hence the name Lucky. I LOVE THIS CAR! I am in a financial position to buy a new car now, and simply cannot part with it. I will "run it into the ground" as they say."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Well maintained car; used sparingly.

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Well maintained car; used sparingly. Good body with just very minor scratches on the right front wheel."

Have loved my Yaris, from TX to MT

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "price, gas mileage, comfort, ease of parking"

Cons: "the windows freeze up in cold & snow, belt squeals"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I am a single, senior female, I have never had any trouble with my Yaris since I bought it new in 2007! It has gotten me from TX to MT 3 or 4 times now ! I can haul my grandkids in it and have even slept in it on more than one occasion ! She still has ALOT of life left in her. The gas mileage is phenominal !!"

Best little Pick-Up Truck I ever owned!! LOL

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,291

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gas mileage, PARKING!, Price, Surprise...Comfort!"

Cons: "Roll up windows"

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

My 2009 Yaris Farm Truck! LOL

"I walked onto the lot in 2009 and told the guy I wanted the best gas mileage car on the lot. I didn't care what it was or what it looked like or what options it had with the exception of a/c and a radio. At the time my commute was 80 miles one way and two hours at best. I was filling up every other day and it was killing me. At 35 to 40 mpg life became a breeze but as the Gods would have it 6 months later I was offered early retirement!!! 2 months later and knowing nothing about horses I was offered a job on an Arabian Show Horse farm. My car was then transformed into my farm pick up truck! With the back seat folded down I have packed this vehicle with every tool and screw needed. I can carry up to 8 two by fours 8 foot long. I've carried ten by ten 10 foot long posts. Iv'e carried over 20 60 pound bags of cement! Here's a pic of the back of this vehicle packed with my saws, lumber, tools and chain saws!! I have beat the heck out of this little clown car. I have driven through the horse fields and over dirt and gravel roads. It has never let me down a single time! I change the oil ever 3 thousand miles and fix what I break but it won't die! Imagine a horse farm parking lot filled with huge F-150's and 250's and this little bug!! But unlike those guys I have no monthly payments and I can go 400 miles on 10 gallons of gas!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

My 2009 Yaris Farm Truck! LOL

Great value and gas mileage

By on Saturday, September 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "MPH, dependable and reliable"

Cons: "The center console takes some getting used to."

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

"Bought this car brand new and NEVER had a mechanical issue. Gives great MPH and a very reliable car. It has held its value very well and is the most dependable car I have ever owned. This would serve as a great car for a student because of the reliability."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

I like the Yaris, It's plenty even for a 6'3"

By on Monday, August 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I think the only problem is the AC makes the engine work too hard... i.e., the engine is under-powered esp at idle."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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