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#2321 of 2743 Yaris 3dr in snow (traction)
Mar 20, 2007 (8:20 pm)
Has anyone out there experienced inclement weather, such as snow and/or icy roads/streets in a Yaris, especially the 3dr version? I'm curious to know how this little critter makes do with traction on VERY slick surfaces.
Hopefully Toyota will bring the latest Yaris 3 and 5dr
liftbacks to the U.S. in 2008. There's always that possibility, eventhough I'm not so optimistic it will happen. ...In the U.K. there are versions of both liftbacks with ESC/traction control and MORE power. Toyota SHOULD send some of those here. They WOULD sell, I'm sure of it.
#2322 of 2743 Re: Yaris 3dr in snow (traction) [aladdinsane]
Mar 21, 2007 (7:38 am)
Word is that the new Scion xD 5-door (replacement for the xA) is based on the Yaris platform. That makes it unlikely that Toyota would bring the Yaris 5-door to the U.S., since it would compete directly with the xD. But maybe that's a moot point, if the xD is based on the Yaris... you could think of the xD as a Yaris 5-door with a different name badge!
Personally I think the 1.5L engine in the Yaris is peppy enough, and its fuel economy is its main value proposition. VSC would be welcome, and maybe we will see it in the next couple of years as Toyota makes good on its promise to put VSC on all of its cars in the U.S. by 2009.
#2323 of 2743 Re: Yaris 3dr in snow (traction) [backy]
Mar 21, 2007 (9:39 am)
The new xD runs on the Yaris platform, but uses the Corolla powertrain, which leaves a nice slot for the Yaris 5-door to slide into later this year, as a more frugal alternative to the xD. I am glad they will finally make it available in the U.S., and hopefully they will give it a few more factory options than the 3-door gets now.
#2324 of 2743 Little Critter in Snow...
Mar 21, 2007 (11:02 am)
Well, I guess I can't speak for the stock 3-door in snow since I threw a set of Blizzak WS-50s on my red 3-door this year (of course, we got very little snow; figures!), but when we did get snow, I didn't even notice the snow, slush or ice patches! The Blizzaks almost seemed to give the car more "weight," especially when changing lanes on the highway, and plowing through that "slush" that accumulates there. A very useful upgrade, in my opinion.
#2325 of 2743 Re: Little Critter in Snow... [neatnick79]
Mar 23, 2007 (6:41 pm)
Coming up from Florida and hit storm at Lexington/Cinci area on I-75. It would do it but did get dicey when lane changes were needed. Finally called it quits as didn't have enough weight. All seasons Bridgestones that came with the 3 dr. Next morning had no problem and drove out of the white stuff by the time we got to Toledo. This was the storm around Valentines Day.
#2326 of 2743 Re: Fit vs. Yaris Liftback [rocketman10]
May 11, 2007 (8:01 pm)
"I looked at the Fit but it reminds me of the Suzuki Aerio or the Aveo (the GM version of teh Aerio) and felt it was basically the same vehicle, just 're-badged' to be a Fit and wondered if Suzuki was designing the Fit."
The two really do look alike on the outside. I believe it's the other way around though: the Aveo is a copy of the Fit, which has existed in its present shape since the early 90s. The inside of the two cars is quite different, however, as well as the engine, transmission and other parts.
Jun 05, 2007 (12:36 pm)
I bought my Yaris in November 2006. I took it on a trip soon after got 41 MPG I had 2 adults and my 2 teenagers and trunk full of luggage. It was great not to visit the gas pumps so often. I had just took another trip and I even got slightly better mileage of course I didn't have the air on much But even then it was still better than the car I had before (Audi 90s). This car would make a great hybrid combo... All I can say is keep motoring.....
#2328 of 2743 question about the Yaris
Jun 23, 2007 (2:11 am)
how long has the yaris been around? This year was the first year i heard the word Yaris (end of 2006 to now), but i see discussions from like 2004, and i saw someone mentiona 2006 yaris. so how long has the yaris been around?
#2329 of 2743 Re: Increasing Yaris MPG [frugal_one]
Jun 23, 2007 (2:48 pm)
I consider myself a master at increasing mpg. Keeping your tires inflated properly goes with out saying but you will not get 20- 25% increase by doing so. The lighter wheels will certainly give you possibly up to 2 mpg, use lucas gas treatment in your gas, if you buy it on sale only in the gallon container it will be cost effective. Look for it on sale at truck stops, one gallon treats 400 gallons of gas, on sale about 19.99 gallon. Have you ever heard of the Fitch fuel catalyst? It fits inline with your gas line and conditions the fuel, it is not a magnet because they do not work. This is a little pricey but you could see another 2 mpg.Investigate the capacitance spark plugs, there are different ones on the market " Pulstar plugs" possibly good for 1 mpg ,Go to a less restrictive muffler that is not too loud, you will lose weight but get another 1 mpg. K&N air filter, light weight battery, they now have lithium ion car batteries that are a fraction of the weight. Consider a different header. Run Royal purple motor oil, All this will not be so accumulative but you will see a difference.
#2330 of 2743 The Fuel Saving Tips Above
Jun 24, 2007 (1:39 pm)
Very interesting! I think my Yaris will benefit somehow. Thanks!