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BWC High-Mileage Review

What's Mine Is Yaris…

…And what's Yaris is mine. Other than an excuse for a bad pun, the headline and first sentence of this review don't make much sense. The 2007 Toyota Yaris, however, makes a lot of sense. Its upfront affordability and fuel efficiency make it a winner from both consumer and environmental perspectives. Even better, this is a car whose great mileage and low emissions aren't based on new technology (i.e., a hybrid-electric engine), thus saving money for the auto manufacturers who are always whining about the cost of developing new technologies. The Yaris represents a win-win situation.

Though it's fairly unknown in the US, the Yaris is a proven commodity. It was launched in Europe in 1999 and is Toyota's best-selling model there.

We think this simple little car is great. However, we know it's not for everyone. Unless contortionism takes off as a school sport, we don't see moms hauling kids around in this thing. The Yaris really shines as an efficient commuter car or as a good first car for a young person.

Things People Like About The Yaris

- Cheap! The 2-door hatchback starts at $11,150.
- Has a surprising amount of pep in its small, 1.5-liter engine.
- For a small car, you can fit a lot of junk in the trunk.

Things People Don't Like About The Yaris

- Gauges don't face the driver. Instead, they're located on top of the dashboard.
- They cheaped out a bit on the interior trim.
- Sounding like a pirate when you say the word "Yaris".

EPA Stats

Fuel Type: Regular Gasoline
MPG (city): 34
MPG (highway): 39
MPG (combined): 36
Average User MPG: 34.9
MPG Range: 27 to 44
Number of Vehicles: 33
Cost to Drive 25 Miles: $2.12
Fuel to Drive 25 Miles: 0.69 gal
Cost of a Fill-up: $30.47
Miles on a Tank: 360 miles
Tank Size: 11.1 gal
Annual Fuel Cost: $1272
Annual Petroleum consumption: 9.5 barrels per year
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: 5.1 tons per year

Recall Info

None. Zip. Nada. (This is a good thing.)

Very Detailed Stats

- 5-Speed Manual Transmission With Overdrive
- Power Rack and Pinion Steering
- Tilt Steering Column
- Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension With Coil Springs
- Semi-Independent Torsion Beam Rear Suspension
- 23-mm Front Stabilizer Bar
- 12-Volt Battery
- Cigarette Lighter With Ashtray
- Front Power Outlet Integrated With Cigarette Lighter
- Drive-By-Wire Control For Throttle
- Audio Pre-Wiring
- Front Power 262-mm Ventilated Disc and Rear Power 200-mm Drum Brakes
- Driver Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
- Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor Activated By Weight
- Passenger Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
- Front and Rear Automatic Locking Retractors
- Front and Rear Crumple Zones
- Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
- Front Pretensioners With Force Limiters
- Front and Rear Outboard 3-Point Seatbelts
- Side Impact Door Beams
- Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors
- Vehicle Anti-Lockout
- Remote Fuel Door Release
- Cloth Seats
- Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats Manually Adjust 4 Ways Total With Adjustable Headrests
- Rear Folding and Reclining Bench Seat With Adjustable Headrests
- Cargo Area Cover
- 2 Front Cupholders and 2 Rear Cupholders (4 Cupholders Total)
- Front Dual Door Mounted Storage
- Glovebox
- Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Dash
- Front Dual Seatback Storage Pockets
- Warning Lights Include Low Oil
- Electroluminescent Instrumentation
- Digital Clock
- Tachometer
- Map Light
- Interior Load Area Light
- Daytime Running Lights
- Halogen Headlights
- Radio Antenna
- Interior Air Filter
- Manual Air Conditioning
- Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin
- Compact Spare Tire
- Steel Wheels, 14-In. X 5-In.
- SBRP175/65R14 All-Season Tires
- Dual Color-Keyed Folding Manually Adjustable Exterior Rearview Mirrors
- Driver and Passenger Vanity Mirror
- Tinted Glass
- Infrared Glass
- Intermittent Windshield Wipers
- Front and Rear Bumpers
- Front Air Dam

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