Right out of the Honda Fit today and into the Toyota Yaris, couldn’t ask for anything better in terms of a chance to compare two directly competing vehicles both at the top of the heap in quality and both newly introduced models. Unfortunately the Yaris I am testing is not the hatchback version but the just released sedan. The Yaris hatchback and sedan are very similar, same drive train, same suspension etc, so it certainly cannot be dismissed, some like hatchbacks some like the security of having a trunk to hide their purchases.
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My test vehicle is equipped with a 4-Speed automatic transmission, air conditioning and the Aero package which includes 15″ alloys, some nice body cladding, keyless entry, fog lights, colour keyed door handles and mirrors, ABS and power windows. The skirting certainly provides the Yaris with a grown up look similar to its older larger sibling the Corolla S. I actually had my chance to park side by side with a Corolla S and the new Yaris is almost identical in length but it certainly is narrower.
Standard features on the Yaris sedan of note include an AM/FM Cd with MP3/WMA Player with 4 speakers, 60/40 split rear folding seat and a 1.5 litre 106hp engine with an EPA rating of 7.0 L /100km city and 5.6 L/100Km highway.
This should be an interesting week with the Yaris after last week.
Toyota Yaris Sedan with Aero Package MSRP as tested: $19,710
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