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2010 Toyota Yaris

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2010 Toyota Yaris RS
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It’s somewhat fitting that I would come back from driving Ford’s new B-segment car to be put right in the seat of one of its major competitors, the 2010 Toyota Yaris RS Hatch. When I think Yaris, I think boring basic transportation, but this little hatch, with body kit and a few convenience options, at first inspection seems like a pretty cool like runabout.

A base model three-door Yaris hatch CE starts out at $13,620; add a couple of more doors, thoug,h and the price goes up $1,300 because the CE is not available as a five-door and you must up your options to the LE model. My tester is the top of the line model, an RS, which starts at $19,555; add $1,000 for the automatic transmission, and there’s the as tested price.

2010 Toyota Yaris RS
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Of course, with all the latest news about Toyota there are some deals to be had (probably for the first time ever) including some zero per cent financing! The RS model is a pretty easy car to figure it out: take your base Yaris five-door and add the following: sport bucket seats, flat-folding 60/40 rear seats, AM/FM CD with MP3 player, six-disc changer and four speakers, air conditioning, keyless entry, power mirrors/windows and door locks.

The RS package also adds standard stability control, ABS and EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution). All Yaris’ (Yari?) are powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing and come standard with a five-speed manual transmission and optionally with a four-speed automatic with overdrive.

2010 Toyota Yaris RS Hatch
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $20,555

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