2008 toyota Yaris Reviews

2008 toyota yaris reviews: Toyota's Yaris shows up in the nick of time to compete with numerous new and upgraded fuel-efficient subcompact versions, filling up a renewed classification that as soon as appealed only to the prudent-- or the broke.

The Yaris changes the Mirror, which missed the mark from the minute it hit salesrooms in 2000, appealing more to seniors than to the young chauffeurs it was targeted at. Toyota does not constantly get it right the first time, yet its designs commonly progress into affordable and high-selling items. After driving the sedan, it appears the Yaris is climbing Darwin's ladder, but it's not as evolved as it should be.

2008 toyota yaris reviews


The Yaris can be found in two body styles: a two-door hatchback and a four-door car. The sedan, the basis of this evaluation, is the extra conservative-looking. Larger than the Mirror, the Yaris is nearly as large as the Corolla and also births the snub-nosed appearance of the restyled 2007 Camry.

The base models have 14-inch wheels while the S trim degree, presently for sedans just, has 15-inchers. Both are simple steel with wheel covers. Fifteen-inch alloy wheels been available in some choice bundles. The S trim level adds side skirts and also a back air dam.

Ride & Handling

The Yaris has an independent front as well as semi-independent back suspension, the normal attire for this auto course. Its trip top quality is rather comfy, especially as compared to earlier econoboxes. The roadholding is suitable, but there's too much body roll. This conceals the Yaris' aesthetic weight, which at 2,514 pounds (with an automatic transmission) is light, also for this class.

This is simply among the Yaris' oppositions. It's extremely light, yet it feels like it's tossing its weight around. It's admirably peaceful at broadband-- a feature of better cars-- yet it relocates with space with more of the economy auto feel than a few of its just recently presented rivals. Believe me, I've driven them all. If you have actually had the very same Yaris experience, or otherwise, upload a customer evaluation (click the tab over).

Going & Stopping

A 1.5-liter four-cylinder that generates 106 horse power at 6,000 rpm and also 103 pounds-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm might appear undersized, yet it's par for the subcompact course. It pushes the flyweight Yaris to 60 miles per hour in concerning 9 seconds, which is affordable, as well as supplies outstanding gas mileage.

Driving the Yaris-- at least the automatic version-- isn't really trigger for excitement. The numbers look suitable, yet the accelerator pedal isn't super responsive. The transmission doesn't kick down readily sufficient, a mistake made extra problematic by the truth that it has only 4 equipments. Decently powered four-cylinders with transmissions are a worst-case circumstance; if my expectations are high, it's because Toyota has actually shown to be far better than several at building responsive four-cylinder automatics. Below? Not a lot. An additional gear or even a clutchless-manual mode, which I generally find pointless as well as ridiculous, would certainly help. The handbook is likely a various scenario altogether. In justness, I haven't driven an automated Honda Fit yet.

When it comes to the braking, the equipment is just what you'll discover in mostly all subcompacts: power front-disc and rear-drum brakes. They certainly get the job done, but I'm let down by the mushy, numb pedal. Four-wheel ABDOMINAL is a $300 stand-alone option.

The Inside

The Yaris' interior is perhaps the least progressed element, post-Echo. The products top quality is boosted, and the faux-aluminum plastic isn't the most awful I've seen, even when compared with much more costly vehicles. Overall, it's not the most effective Toyota could do.

The cockpit console is still in the facility of the dashboard, a place that has amassed a level of contempt nearing violence for both the Mirror as well as the Saturn Ion. One of the reasons for this method is that it is simpler and less costly for car manufacturers to earn both left- and also right-hand-drive versions for different international markets. Still, I'm amazed it had not been transformed. I'm one of the few people that really did not mind this placement because I frequently locate that the guiding wheel obstructs my sight of the tools, but Honda has shown in the Civic that assesses can live high and also onward, above the guiding wheel.

The parade of ergonomic bungles proceeds. While the driver's seat has the crucial height adjustment, complete with the easily run ratcheting lever, the cushion is much shorter compared to it must be, and also I could not get as far as wanted from the pedals without getting too much from the guiding wheel. Not all vehicle drivers are 6 feet high, yet I have not had that problem in various other subcompacts-- even though none have a telescope adjustment for the steering wheel.

After that there's the pedals, which I located to be peculiarly close together in spite of a spacious footwell, with the accelerator pedal almost touching the bulkhead to its right-- certainly closer to an obstacle than any I have actually experienced before. Could this be another casualty of a predisposition towards right-hand drive? A possibility mutation? A conspiracy theory to make this the bitchiest evaluation ever before?

The cupholders and storage arrangements are all wacky yet useful. Included in my test automobile's optional Power Bundle is a handy auxiliary sound input for MP3 players and so forth. It's weird that it's tucked into a storage space bin on the right-hand side of the facility control panel, where it would certainly best be gotten to by the guest ... or the motorist in a Japanese design. Oh, currently they're just attempting to tick me off.

Safety and security

The Yaris hasn't been crash checked, but as far as the safety showcases go, dual-stage front air bags are typical. In fact, they are required in all new models. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are offered with side drape airbags in a $650 option. Antilock brakes are optional.

Cargo & Towing

The Yaris sedan has actually the expected freight arrangements: a moderately sized trunk and also a 60/40-split, folding backseat that extends the cargo area into the cabin. Folding up the seats is a one-step procedure including launch handles atop the backrests. The facility shoulder belt goes across the opening, but it can be separated at the seat as well as kept in its retractor. Keep in mind in the pictures that the opening right into the cabin is tiny about the trunk's size, which is nothing brand-new for Toyota. Several of the 2007 Camry's trim degrees have no folding-seat attribute, as well as those that do additionally have a smaller sized opening than do many rivals.

The Yaris shares the discreetness usual to this automobile course through simple trunklid joints that come down into the cargo area, and also a trunk launch that rests on the flooring in the vehicle driver's footwell. There's no release on the optional remote keyless entry. The trick should be utilized when opening up the trunk from the exterior.


No attributes are glaringly absent from the Yaris. Progressively the standard in this class, a/c is standard. While standard power home windows continue to be uncommon, power secures increasingly are beginning to be included in this class. The Yaris includes them in an option plan along with power home windows. Toyota's archrival, Honda, consists of both things criterion in the Fit, in addition to some high-value security features.

Yaris on the market

It's possibly evident that my total response to the Yaris is one of frustration. It's very easy to stand up the Fit as a new criterion. The problem below is that Toyota, the manufacturer of such course leaders as the Camry and also Sienna minivan, isn't leading any individual in this class. The Hyundai Accent is tough competitors, as are the Kia Rio as well as Chevy Aveo. Toyota has actually pulled something of a GM here: It has actually enhanced markedly over its very own previous product yet permitted the competitors to move the standard with which the Yaris seems intended to compete. Brand new models and complete redesigns are a manufacturer's opportunity making significant adjustments as well as improvements. Not capitalizing may suggest years of stagnancy as the competition progresses additionally-- and also faster.

The vehicle market resembles the wild kingdom, where the fittest endure. If the atmosphere becomes much more hostile due to greater gas costs, the Yaris may have the attributes to keep it solid. However if the survival difficulties are wider as well as a lot more varied, the more developed types readily available could extremely well consume it active.