Back in August this year, Toyota launched the next-generation Yaris and it looks to serve the masses as a highly affordable city hatch with a low running cost. At a glance, the Yaris looks totally different from its predecessor as it arrived with a more elegant look.
Aside from that, we have not much sweet things to say about the Toyota Yaris. The car runs on a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that develops 106hp and 103ft-lbs of torque. Power is pumped to the front-wheels via a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox.
This is ultimately disappointing as the Yaris is considered below-par in performance based on its engine displacement. While it might return a fuel economy rating of 30mpg in the city, 37mpg on highway and 33mpg on combined conditions, the Yaris has many other rivals that are capable of offering something similar with more power in hand.
Clearly, the Yaris is not a nice ride for a cross-country journey. Heck, it is also unpleasant when driving at low speed. The Yaris is simply too light on its accelerator and steering that it jolts almost every time when moving from stop or under 30mph. This makes it all the more difficult for the driver to cruise on the city roads and also get into parking.
Furthermore, the Yaris lacks many features as a standard. Among them includes no backup camera, feature-packed interior and also nice set of wheels.
The entry-level model retails at $15,670 which is pretty steep considering that consumers can get more and better like the Honda Fit or even the Hyundai i10.