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2012 Toyota Yaris 3 door
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This is officially the least-expensive vehicle I have tested in my automotive career, and it had better be, as this is one basic machine that I have in my driveway this week — the 2012 Toyota Yaris three-door.

This Yaris is all-new for 2012, but only available in this new design as a hatchback as the sedan carries forward the older design for another year. I own a 2008 Toyota Yaris, so this week I am going to attempt to compare the two vehicles, focusing on what is new, what is improved and any deficiencies I see in this new design.

2012 Toyota Yaris 3 door
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Normally, I’d start by listing all the great features of my test vehicle for the week, but honestly, I do not believe you can buy a more basic vehicle in Canada at the moment. So, how about a list of things this vehicle does not have?

My tester does not include keyless entry, air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, a tachometer or an automatic transmission. It does, surprisingly, have power door locks, Bluetooth integrated into the AM/FM/CD player, a driver’s seat that is height-adjustable and 60/40 split rear folding seats. My tester is as basic as it comes — an interesting change from the norm.

2012 Toyota Yaris 3 Door
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $13,990

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