"I have owned this car since new. Only standard maintenance has been required. Oil changes at 5000 mile intervals. Still has lots of life left on original brake pads. Paint chips easily. Gets forty miles a gallon at sixty five MPH. Nice little car."
Cons: "seats not as comfortable as they could be."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car new in 2006 although it is a 2007 model and have driven it all over east coast. This car has never let me down. She handles beautifully and for a 4 cylinder has great pick up. With 239,000+ miles on her she still consistently gives me 37 mpg in city and 40 hwy. I change oil every 5,000 miles but only real work I have had done is a new alternator and serpentine belt around 200,000 miles. New front brakes around 215,000 mi and in fact I am still running the original rear brake pads and they still look good after almost 8 years! I am also still using original clutch and it remains nice and tight with no slippage. I love this car! It is hands down the absolute best car I have ever bought and there is no better value or reliability for the money."
"I've owned this car for a year and a half, and I've driven it to and from work daily, as well as from TN to CA and back plus numerous shorter road trips. The Yaris is quite comfortable for the driver and passenger. The back seat is a bit small, but I usually have the seats laid down for my dogs or to haul things around, and for this it's much roomier than you'd expect. I even slept in the back of this thing on several of my road trips.
The Yaris handles really well; the turn radius on it is really just amazing. I also don't feel like I'm getting whipped around in the wind on the interstate, like I felt with my old '98 Prizm. The gas mileage is really amazing too - I average about 37 when I'm driving town and interstate, but for interstate road trips I use E85 to get about 40 mpg.
I bought this car because I wanted a relatively inexpensive crossover-type vehicle. A hatchback/hauling-type car with good gas mileage were my biggest considerations. I am 100% satisfied with my Yaris and would absolutely recommend it."
Cons: "Don'l like the tail lights or the front view"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The car is very well built. The doors and hood close securely. I get 35 -40 mpg. When I replaced the tires with performance tires, I got even better mileage.
At first I didn't like the center gauges, but I got used to it. The (3) glove boxes are great. I wish it had a center console to store stuff. There is quite a bit of room for a small car. Most people are amazed with the space.
I've had oil changes and (1) rear brake change. The Yaris has held up very well, with no problems For $13k, it's the best value on the market."
"Over the last two years I have driven over 140000 miles in this car. The only trouble I have had is the gas gauge stopped working at 120000 miles. It doesn't register below 1/4 tank, so I just fuel at 1/4 now. I have been hit 2 times by deer in this car, and only have a ripple in the rear pannel. The car is also excellent in snow. I have drove this car in conditions most people would not be on the road and made it everytime. I purchased this car because I spend a lot of time on the road and I never thought I would be so happy with a car."
Pros: "I feel this is the best economy car on the road."
Cons: "Buy the power windows, locks, cruise control"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I went with bare bones and that was my fault. Rolling up windows and pushing locks when one is used to power everything is a pain. The car is a winner. It is a gas sipper, incredibly reliable and stable on the road."
"Somehow I think they have under rated this car on gas milage... we still get 39 mpg Hwy 33 City after 50,000 miles.
We just put on new tires and a new air filter which definitely helped it get back those numbers. One piece of advice, buy good quality replacement tires, the originals never gave this car as good a ride as these do.
So far repair free too."
"That's all I have to say to Toyota. When you think of the base price ($12K) and the performance you can't even compare it with anything. I have the Hatchback and it swallows as much cargo as our Park Avenue (of course, rear seats are down in the Yaris but it can fit in the cabin of the PA. I think that the Yaris has gotten bad press especially when compared with the Fit. If I watch my left foot and don't give a flip about the number of people who are flipping me off in my rear view mirror, I'll get 45 mpg. If I get rasty I have never gone below 39 mpg. I don't know where or what AW did to get 30 mpg - took it to the drag strip?? Anyhow, fit and finish is great and, even though some don't like the driving position and the limited modifications to it, I find it just perfect and comfortable. On the highway at 70 it handles great and still gets about 35 mpg (fun to watch the hogs go by getting 20 mpg or less - why don't those liberals get it??). Would I buy another one - you bet ya, first in line!!"
"I have an '07 Yaris Sedan and I am extremely satisfied with the decision to buy. For one, the vehicle is inexpensive enough that I was able to buy NEW on income I was earning as a part-time intern and without a co-signer. Secondly, the car looks really nice and is very feature-rich even at the base. Handling and performance were also of the highest quality that I could expect for that price. Lastly and most importantly...as my career progressed and my income changed significantly, I am now seeking a new vehicle. I am VERY pleased to confirm that my car has maintained a solid resale value for nearly three years. In fact, the price I am expecting to sell for has only seen $2,400 depreciation! Amazing! I strongly recommend this car to anyone who is interested."
"I am happy with my Yaris. I have the 5 speed stick hatch and get consistently 40+ mpg with driving that puts mpg first. It is certainly not a high performance machine, and I sometimes get honked at for not flooring it at lights. You can push it to do jack rabbit starts but that totally defeats the purpose IMHO.
It is small and compact with limited rear passenger and trunk space. The front has more room than my wife's Corolla. The trunk is large enough for groceries, but maybe not for distance traveling. I chose this car in part because we have a motorcycle, bicycles, garden tools, etc. The Yaris was the shortest car available, leaving room in the garage for the other stuff. I sometimes have trouble finding it on parking lots because it's hidden in a gorge of trucks :)
I would buy it again because it is a great commuter and more affordable than a Hybrid. It's all in all a good deal for someone who gets a bigger kick from saving gas than having a luxurious vehicle. I do think it could be a tad less expensive for what you get though.
I have never had a technical problem of any kind with it. I give it four stars on quality because there are some occasional audible vibrations in the dash, especially in cold temperatures. Also, it tends to crunch when putting in the reverse gear. I have to play with the clutch a bit to avoid that. I think a modern transmission should not do that."
"Well have hit the first 1000 miles in my 2 door automatic. I have a bit of a heavy foot , and my daughter was driving around in 3rd instead of drive. Gas milage in a mixture of rual / highway over two tanks is 34.7 MPG. Good points is it is fun to drive. Handles a bit stiff but turns tight. Of course milage is great over my Dodge Ram truck. Very roomy feel in the drivers seat. My daughter says it feels like a mini van. I am 5'10", over 200 lbs and I find it very nice to get into and out of. The back of the seat takes a bit getting used to for my biger frame, but my daughter fits fine. Visibility is good and it has very good power. You are not buying a rocket. I can kick it in and merge on the interstate fine.
Now I guess I need to cover the things that take a bit of getting used to. The road noise on some roads will drown out the radio. I think there is a $699 protection option with undercoating; might be worth checking into this. I am going to try to get the noise down by spraying the wheel wells with undercoating. If that does not work, I will probably pull the carpets up and add some sound deading material under them. The Hazard symbol catches light and draws your eyes to it. The steering wheel at first feels like it is to far foward, but you get used to it fairly fast. The seats are stiff, but I figure they will soften up in time. I saw a lot of coments about the drink holders. I actually think the drinks stay colder longer in the front of the air duct. But I did get a wet right leg when the sweat off the drink rand down behind the dash.
This is a great car for the price. I bought the bare bone crank down window unit with a cruise only. No power anything. Exactly what I need to run work errands. I see here in the Atlanta area that the demand has driven up the prices. I am actually looking at buying another for my daughter, but if the price stays up, I will go look at something else. Why pay $17,000 for a bare bone car when you can get a fully loaded car that gets 2 or 3 MPG less. I would like to pat Toyota on the back on reporting their MPG. Well done. A very close and true reading of actual MPG that the average driver can expect is on the sticker. \
One other thing I saw, the AC has a filter that has to be changed. Very good! Keeps the dust down."
"I bought my Yaris last winter and between working full time and going to college full time, I've put over a thousand miles on it a month and it still works as if I just got it yesterday. Plus the gas milage is great. I get around 350 miles to a tank--sometimes more depending on the season/weather. The Yaris has hardly any front end and is strange to drive at first, but it's great for parallel parking. The consol is in the center of the dash and has an easy read out which makes it much safer to drive. The only issue is that the speedometer goes by intervals of ten rather than five, so it's easy to go over the speed limit if you aren't paying enough attention. It's really a cute, economical, car with enviromental perks."
"pros:Heats up fast on below 0 days.
38 miles per gallon mixed driving
plenty of room,easy in and out.With two adults occupying front seats we are able to put two large bicycles in rear of hatch.
great in snow,never got stuck in 10 inches of snow.
plenty of storage places,great places for drink holders.
great on highway,really quick
leg room a problem if over 6 ft.
feel evey bump when in back seat
hold on tight in gusty winds doing 60 on highways
speedometer in middle of dash,I was used to it in 1 day.
could use more standard stuff,you pay for everything
Overall:No problems in 11 mo. and 15000 mi.Great gas milage. Small car no frills. I recommend as every day work car.I would buy again."
"I have had my Yaris 5spd 4dr for over a year now. Love the car. I put almost 3500 miles on the car in one week for my honeymoon (yes we were quite comfortable). We averaged 43 MPG over that 3500 miles. I generally get 40+ in the Virginia mountains on a 100 mile round trip commute and extensive in town driving is about 38 MPG. For a non-hybrid car it is most efficient, there are times I wish I had a 6th gear on the 5spd trans. This car can pull a mountain at 90MPH and more if the road would allow (2occupants), in 5th gear I might add. The drink holders, while they seem odd at first, are much more convenient than those down on the shift console of other cars.
Like another reviewer, deer extensively damaged mine, however I was able to drive it to the repair shop 30 miles away.
On the downside, the material covering the seats could be a bit better quality, they are comfortable but look cheap and are starting to show wear (I have almost 30000 on the car).
All in all, it's a great little car. This is my first Toyota, but will not be my last."
"We were one of the first to buy a Yaris in Connecticut. We special ordered ours with the power pack and 5 speed.
For what this car is at $15,000 it's the best value going! You can buy a Corolla for the same price, but it won't have power options or cruise control.
I drive this car 110 miles a day, 5 days a week. It gets excellent gas mileage and is pretty comfortable drive drive. We have taken many long road trips and have found the car a joy to drive. The power is adequate, especially with the 5 speed.
We have managed to wreck the car twice. We hit a deer head-on at 40 mph and messed the front end up pretty good. We drove it 300 miles home and had it repaired. Both times, we were not hurt and the cars' crumple zones worked great.
A previous poster commented to not drive the car in deep snow. I'm not sure how deep they were referring to, but I found the car to handle deep snow 4"+ fine. Better than I expected it to actually. We do not use snow tires and have had no problems.
At 25,000 miles we have had no mechanical problems and expect the car to go to 150,000 miles with no issues."
"Bought my Yaris Hatchback in Feb. 2007, and have driven 27,000 miles. Absolutely no problems. The car is solid construction, and gets me up to hwy speeds with no problem. Yes, the road bumps can be felt, but it's a small car and the suspension is tight and no rattles. The car is alot of fun to drive anywhere, and the gas mileage is averaging around 41-44 Hwy. Plenty of leg room front and back and I like the feel of the electric steering. Overall this car is a better option than at 13K than it's Hybrid cousin at 22K."
"There are so many good things to say about this car. The gas milage, for one, is one of the best you can get in a non-hybrid car... Considering the lowest priced Prius is a cool 10k more, it's also not bad on the pocketbook. One might be afraid of the room in a "subcompact," but this car is ALL CABIN! I had a boat of a Buick before, and even that had less cabin space. And with the edition of 2 extra glove compartments, space for papers isn't a concern either.
The downfalls are minimal. The lack of *anything* standard can bring the price up very quickly. The centered speedometer and odometer can confuse some people, and the lack of trunk space can be felt for anyone doing a lot of hauling or traveling.
All in all, this car is a great deal. Coupled with the reliability of a toyota motor, you'll drive it twice as long and spend half the gas!"
"My car is going to be 1 year in less than a week and I love it!!! The performance is great, and the gas mileage is just amazing! I have the 4-door S Sedan fully loaded which is really hard to get! The only thing I didn't like at first was that it feels like I have no front end when I'm driving. But I'm use to it and it doesn't bother me anymore.
I went from a 2000 Nissan Altima and I was worried. I bought the Yaris 2 weeks before my 20th birthday, and felt that I wouldn't like it because it was smaller. BUT..it suprised me and I was instantly in love with this car. 11,000 miles on it so far, and it's running great.
Toyota is my favorite company and I'm so thrilled to own this car."
"I bought my 2011 Toyota yaris hatchback brand new. I have been driving it for a little over 5 years now, and I currently have 75K miles on it. This is the most reliable car I have ever owned. I have had absolutely no problems with it yet. I have only had to get the routine maintenance done such as oil changes and tire rotations. I have driven across the country in this car a few times with no problems. I have had very long commutes with 40 to 50 miles one way with no problems. It is such a compact car that it is very easy to maneuver and park it, which is great if you live in a more urban area. The gas mileage is great too, I usually get at least 30 mpg, if not more.
The only things I wish were better about this car is the seat comfort and the engine noise. The seats are not that comfortable, which may make your back feel worse during longer commutes or during trips. The engine is also very noisy while driving.
However, I can easily deal with the seat discomfort and engine noise of this car for the reliability. I don't plan on trading this car in anytime soon. I anticipate that I will get many more miles out of this car with no problems."
"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"
Cons: "little wind noise while traveling on highway"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased this car new in 2008. Great car , no major work done. Still riding on the same breaks and only get maintenance done every 5000 miles. I've taken long trips and currently have 141,000 miles. Love it..plenty of leg room , very comfortable. Little noisy with the wind on highway. Over-all great car."
Pros: "RELIABLE, responsive, economical, great visibility"
Cons: "Air flow with the windows open, snow"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have been very happy with this car. I have taken care of all routine maintenance on time and that is all I've had to do. This is the only new car I've ever had and I have not been disappointed from the price, to the handling, to the upkeep and running costs. I trust this car which is worth a lot to me.
I like that it is zippy. Being a little car in big traffic, I appreciate that. I have had to jam on the brakes due to poor driving of others but have always felt the car could safely handle what I needed it to do.
Also, big things actually fit in this car. Seriously! I have moved furniture, bales of straw, and 6+ foot tall people. My tall husband and I drove out to a cousin's wedding several hours away and we were just fine in this car.
I've run from Illinois to Louisiana and back and to Florida several times in this vehicle. No complaints."
"This is a wonderful car. Looks great, drives fantastic, really safe and dependable, low maintainence, and gets 36 MPG, more when driving the freeway. Lots of interior space and trunk space. Handles well no matter what the weather!"
Cons: "wouldn't mind having electronic doors locks"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"You can pay a lot more for a Hybrid but I have been able to get 42 mpg, now that it is older I'm still getting 34 mpg. Plus it is comfortable. I have no mechanical problems my mechanic is still waiting."
"I was lucky enough to get a 6 Year old 2007 with 1028 miles on it. Yep One Thousand and Twenty Eight.
What can I say?
It's Super White so looks like a giant Chicken Egg.
Has a 5 speed stick that shifts like my 1993 S-10 Pickup.
(It's like rowing a boat and peddling a bicycle to shift)
Unfortunately the peddles are jammed together so tight that my size 11's get in the wrong place.
Has a "Blue Dot" upholtery that gives you a feeling of being watched by little eyes, and is great to cure boredom. ("How many dots are there?")
Strange distracting center mounted Speedometer
It has hand crank windows and manual door locks,
No alarm or remote fob.
No sort of armrest.
Needed a brand new $150 battery day one.
Has a nice CD player.
Cold air conditioning.
A hot hot heater.
Great acceleration. It's like driving a sports car
(if you close your eyes)
LOTS and LOTS of glove compartments
And it still gets 32-34 mpg driven HARD.
Will have to drive this thing a long long time to catch up with the Blue Book mileage.
But at 300+ miles a tank full, it will likely happen.
Strange that after having the entire car serviced by the original dealer at 1100 miles, it now
"squeals" when started cold.
Perhaps they wanted to make up for the embarassingly low mileage?
It is almost embarassing to drive but, will likely become a "Quirky" Classic, if it lasts 40 years.. Like my 1967 Ford truck has."