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2014 Toyota Yaris Reviews at TrueDelta: Good inexpensive economy car by chris57

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Introduction

I've had this car 2 months, and have had the chance to do a lot of city and highway driving. I'm happy with the gas mileage on the highway, which is 40 to 42 mpg, driving 55 to 65 mph.This is higher than the EPA estimate of 36 mpg hwy. Even in city driving I'm getting 34 mpg, which is stop and go with some freeway driving. .This has an automatic.The car seems to be under rated by Consumer Reports, but I'm happy with how smooth the engine runs and the quick acceleration . It rides a bit rough, but that doesn't bother me, because there's little lean on curves.My only complaint is tire noise on coarse pavement is high, probably due to poor insulation. But it's an inexpensive car,so you can't expect everything. You just have to turn the radio up to hear your tunes. I'm impressed with the cargo capacity with the rear seat folded down. I recently helped a friend move a folded tread mill, 2 suit cases , 2 large boxes. It's like a little station wagon with that hatchback. Toyota has a good reputation with reliability, so I expext it to be mostly trouble free.

Reviewed: 2014 Toyota Yaris

2dr Hatch 106-horsepower 1.5L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

2014 Toyota Yaris Love Letter

Exterior styling is ok, perhaps a little overdone in some places. I tend to prefer the cleaner styling from the 80s and 90s. Compared to some new cars, it's ok. This 2014 Yaris is one of the few Toyota models with a happy face. Newer models have an unfriendly monster mouth face I don't like.

Conclusion

It's a good car for someone looking for something inexpensive, reliable with good gas mileage. It has good cargo capacity with the rear seat folded down. It's not for someone who prefers a quiet, smooth riding car. Wouldn't make a good family vacation vehicle, but it's ok for someone single or a couple.

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Response from scumbling1

8:30 pm April 5, 2016

Yeah, journalists were very harsh towards the Yaris -- it's the perennial subcompact whipping boy, which is a shame. A friend of mine had one of similar vintage, and I think most of the criticism is undeserved. I think your review nailed the positives of this car.

I also agree completely with you about the car's styling. Toyota's current corporate grille is horrendous, but the older Yaris has a sort of cheerful look about it; I find it endearing!

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