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2008 Toyota Yaris Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Cute and frugal Yaris Hatchback by goat1of2



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I bought this car after having a long happy relationship with a Ford Aerostar. Needless to say, quite an adjustment! Still, the Yaris has its strong points and it has (mostly) won my heart. There'll never be another like my Aerostar, though. Sigh.

Reviewed: 2008 Toyota Yaris

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

Why the 2008 Toyota Yaris?

Reliability & durability

Have owned this car for almost three years. NO need to go to the shop at all (oil changes and other routine maintenance has been done at home).

Fuel economy

Have gotten as high as 43 mpg on highway so long as I stay at or below 65 mph. At higher speeds, fuel economy seems to reduce to 39 mpg.

Cargo capacity

I keep the rear seat down almost permanently. Has as amazing amount of useful cargo space for such a tiny car.

Why Not the 2008 Toyota Yaris?

Driving position & visibility

I simply cannot find a comfortable driving position in this car. If I could raise the seat, I think it would be fine, but seat height adjustment is not available. Or, if the steering wheel could be brought closer, that would work as well.

Rear seat room & comfort

Ha ha ha ha! Perhaps a small dog would be comfortable back there. The only good thing about the back seat is that I've read it is not too hard to remove it entirely!

Controls and instruments

Having the speedometer at the center of the dashboard means that you are reading it at an angle. Thus, when it looks like I'm going 65, if I lean over a bit, I see the needle is actually at 62. Also the GPS confirms that I am indeed going 62.

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