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2011 Toyota Yaris

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2011 Toyota Yaris Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.3

For 2011, the Yaris continues as Toyota's subcompact value leader, which makes sense since it's also Toyota's only sub-compact offering. Having replaced the slow-selling Echo a few years back, the Yaris has gained in popularity and, although it remains the smallest and least expensive vehicle in the Toyota brand line-up, it is still packed with value. Set to do battle with the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Mazda MAZDA2 and lesser rivals like the Chevrolet Aveo and Kia Rio, the Yaris must cover a lot of ground. Of the three distinctly different Yaris models, it's the Liftback that make the more expressive design statement and, although the Sedan is nearly 19 inches longer than the Liftback, all three 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 cute subcompact, the 2011 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 2011 Toyota 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 2011

The Toyota Yaris sees no major changes for 2011.

Driving the Yaris
Driving Impressions

The four-cylinder engine of the Yaris has Toyota's variable valve-timing system (known as VVT-i) and dual overhead camshafts and is rated at 106 horsepower. 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 we found the Yaris a little 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 (117 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 might fail to impress.

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

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.

2011 Toyota Yaris Details
Interior

The 2011 Toyota Yaris Sedan and Liftback share many things, but the instrument panel is where they part ways with their domestic rivals. Both vehicles have the center-stacked "waterfall" type 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 to look at, for example, the speedometer. 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 interiors of both the Sedan and Liftback seem roomier than you'd expect for the sizes of the vehicles.

Exterior

The most pronounced difference between the Yaris Liftback and the Yaris Sedan is that the Sedan is nearly 19 inches longer. Though the two body styles share a slight family resemblance, their individual personalities are miles apart. 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 solid and substantial, providing a low, easy opening to the cargo area. 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 windows that helps provide decent head room for those in 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 not the case for the Toyota Yaris, however, which offers a tilt wheel, air conditioning, intermittent wipers, rear defroster, six airbags, electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and color-keyed mirrors and door handles. More notably, the Yaris Sedan offers six-way adjustable front seats with driver's seat height adjustment, remote trunk release and center covered center console, while the Liftback models provide sun visor extensions. Missing from the standard equipment list is a radio and a split-folding rear seat, but both can be had by opting for the Convenience Package.

Optional Equipment

A simple solution to getting the basic features you probably want is to add the Convenience Package, which includes an AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, XM Satellite Radio compatibility and auxiliary input jack, 60/40 split folding rear seat and 15-inch wheels with full wheel covers. Adding the comprehensive Power Package brings an upgraded sound system and interior (Sedan), alloy wheels, keyless entry, engine immobilizer and power door locks, windows and mirrors. Those two packages are slightly different for the Liftback models, which add a rear wiper/washer to the mix. A Sport package highlights include Optitron instrumentation, sport bucket seats, front, rear and rear decklid spoilers, an iPod connector, fog lights and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The only three stand alone options are cruise control, 15-inch alloy wheels and fog lights.

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
104 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/36 (manual), 29/35 (automatic)

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2011 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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