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Toyota Yaris, Hatchback
#1709 of 2747 Re: the hatchback [nippononly]
Jul 23, 2006 (6:00 am)
Basic economics: Toyota is a big name. Huge actually. They have a very cute car here in the Yaris and they know this because of the popularity it has in other countries. I think they took a gamble and it paid off. They limited the supplyof the vehicle and put only stuff that cost them very little to add. Such as spoilers, armrests, and floormats. They charge teh customer for all that and basically give nothing for free. They are doign t his all based on the fact that teh US market is goign to eat up these cars becasue they are small, cute and good on gas. Decreasing the supply of the liftbacks i think was intentional. It will increase demand.
I think on the 2008 model we will be seeing a more souped up Yaris more widespread (and way more than 20% lb's). I also think there will be many more with the power options (esp. in liftbacks). I dont think the price will change much.
#1710 of 2747 If you just purchased a Yaris hatchback
Aug 06, 2006 (6:45 pm)
If you just purchased a Yaris hatchback, how do you like it? I've read a lot of reviews online and get mixed messages. I commute 120 miles a day round trip and am looking for a "cheaper" car that gets good gas mileage. I have a 2003 Ford Ranger with 94,000 miles that I am going to keep to use for bad Missouri weather.
If I want one, it seems like I'll have to order one. I haven't been able to see "the real thing."
After getting it, do you like it, or do you wish you would have went with something else? Anyone that has one, I'd appreciate what you think about yours....
#1711 of 2747 Where Are They??
Aug 06, 2006 (9:38 pm)
I drive about 5000 miles a month and have yet to see a single Yaris on the roads in CT! What's up?
Have caught a few Fits and 07 Rabbits, but not one Yaris -- hatchback or sedan.
Maybe Yaris owners are super-practical, wear sensible shoes and are in bed by 9:00 pm, before I hit the highways and byways.
#1712 of 2747 Re: Where Are They?? [wave54]
Aug 07, 2006 (2:50 pm)
I live in CT as well and I've seen a few Yarises. They have all been sedans though, no hatchbacks yet.
#1713 of 2747 Re: If you just purchased a Yaris hatchback [teachkids7]
Aug 07, 2006 (3:21 pm)
I bought a red Yaris liftback the first of June. It has power windows and locks. I already have close to 5,000 miles on it. I absolutely love it. It handles great, has no problem buzzing 85 mph down the interstate, and is actually comfortable on long trips. My longest trip so far was 12 hours. My hubby, the proud owner of a 2006 Eclipse had to admit is was comfy when we took it to FL a few weeks back. I average about 35pmg. I have never got the 39 they said I would, but I run the aircon a lot and drive too fast to get the ultimate gas mileage.
I don't think you'll regret buying one.
#1714 of 2747 Re: If you just purchased a Yaris hatchback [ftr]
Aug 08, 2006 (1:12 pm)
Glad to hear from an owner who has made it past the honeymoon period and has some decent (5,000) miles on a liftback.
As a former Echo and xA owner, I'd appreciate it if I could pick your brains with a few questions -
1. My Echo was a little too soft in the suspension, and as a result got moved around by cross winds and big trucks (it was downright scary going across the San Mateo bridge over the San Francisco Bay). On the other hand, the xA had a firm suspension that resisted crosswinds well and tracked true at 80+ mph; but it was stiff and felt uncomfortable on long trips (short trips too, I guess). How is the Yaris? Hopefully "in the middle," soft enough to be comfortable but firm enough to be stable.
2. Do you have a tachometer? If so, what are the rpm at 80 mph? If not, what does the engine sound like at 80 - ok, or like you wish there was one more gear for it to shift in to? (BTW, do you have stick shift or auto?)
3. If you have an automatic, 35 mpg is actually outstanding in my book. I saw that mpg with my stick shift xA but never with my automatic Echo. And the Yaris is a little heavier!
4. How would you rate the noise level on the Yaris? So you know where I am coming from, our '06 Impala is very quiet, our Chevy Cobalt is quiet, a PT Cruiser is a little noisy (wind rush, not road noise or engine noise). My xA probably fell in-between the PT and the Cobalt - not much road noise, some engine noise, moderate wind noise which was actually less than the PT but not as good as the Cobalt (the Cobalt has been quieter than the VW Golf's and Ford Focii that I owned before).
#1715 of 2747 Re: If you just purchased a Yaris hatchback [micweb]
Aug 08, 2006 (1:42 pm)
Ok, this will not be a technical kind of post... because I am not a technical kind of gal. I'll answer you in 46 yr old women's terms *lol*
I traded in a '96 Blazer that used to scare the hell out of me on the interstate when going around a semi. The Yaris has no real problems with that. I have drove in really bad thunderstorms, very windy conditions, and in heavy semi traffic. No complaints.
I don't have a tach. And I have an automatic. When I am buzzing down the interstate at 80 or 85 it doesn't sound as if it is laboring at all, or trust me I would slow down. It is fairly quiet, some road noise but nothing really bad. My stereo is usually cranked so I doubt I would be bothered by road noise. It is on par with my hubby's 2006 Eclipse, if that means anything to you?
Again.... I love my YARIS.
#1716 of 2747 Re: If you just purchased a Yaris hatchback [ftr]
Aug 08, 2006 (1:44 pm)
#1717 of 2747 Re: If you just purchased a Yaris hatchback [micweb]
Aug 08, 2006 (5:07 pm)
And just for the record.. I live in Indiana and have driven to Georgia and down to Florida in my Yaris and have yet to see one on the road. Where are they???
#1718 of 2747 Re: If you just purchased a Yaris hatchback [ftr]
Aug 09, 2006 (3:21 am)
I think that you are going to have drive down to my house Mississippi so that we can both say that we have seen another hatchback. I have drive all the way to Minnesota and back and not seen one either.