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Toyota Yaris, Hatchback
#373 of 2747 As far as my view on Yaris airbags...
Oct 06, 2005 (12:09 pm)
most regulars on Edmunds already know that I'm on my 2nd Kia in a row since 1999 and that I'll probably get another Kia next, anyway.
For one thing, like backy has mentioned, Kia is already offering side airbags standard on all of it's new Spectra models. And if I recall correctly, the new 2006 Rio may have them, too, although not standard like on the new Spectra's.
Toyota should probably match up-and-comer Kia and offer SAB's standard and also offer side curtains standard by the time the 2008 Echo/Yaris/Vitz' hit the production lines. Eh?
When is Canada's Tragically Hip gonna hit the road and tour again, too? That is some real news that I could really use.
Oct 06, 2005 (12:23 pm)
I see you are the eternal optimist!
At 75K, all the expensive stuff is just giving up the ghost for the first time in the BMW, including some super-expensive Bosch electricals that your mechanic won't even be able to FIND!
poorjudd: beating everything in your class for crash protection is a powerful thing to be able to put in your ads, and that WON'T happen these days without having side curtains and SAB for side impacts. I am more ambivalent about the ABS, but I think most buyers think it should be part of a standard safety equipment complement. And, as pointed out, Honda can do it profitably in the Fit, and Hyundai can do it in the Accent. Why can't Toyota do it in the Yaris?
#375 of 2747 Re: As far as my view on Yaris airbags... [iluvmysephia1]
Oct 06, 2005 (12:49 pm)
iluv, side bags AND curtains are standard on the '06 Rio, Accent, and also the Fit when it arrives (Honda has stated all their cars will have side bags, curtains, and ABS--ABS standard on Accent also). So the Yaris will be at a major disadvantage in safety if side bags/curtains/ABS are not available or are even optional.
#376 of 2747 Re: ah backy [nippononly]
Oct 06, 2005 (12:50 pm)
I guess I'll just have to stick with those cheap little cars then, until my kids have all left home and I have lots of money to throw out the window on Bimmer repairs.
#377 of 2747 Please bring the 5 door to the US
Oct 06, 2005 (1:07 pm)
I'll be EXTREMELY disappointed if all they offer is the 3 and 4 door models in the US. Wouldn't this be the same mistake they made with the Echo? I'd be interested in a 5 door and a 5 door alone.
I can understand why someone would buy the cheaper 3 door models, but I just don't understand paying Corolla money for a smaller, weaker 4 door sedan that gets essentially the same MPG (both in EPA estimates and real world testing most likely, if the numbers being thrown around here are true). IMO - There's no way this Yaris is going to get Echo-like real world MPG numbers with the size and weight increase it's seeing.
Can someone explain the benefits of buying the 4 door Yaris over a Corolla, if that is indeed what they decide to bring to the US?
#378 of 2747 Re: ah backy [backy]
Oct 06, 2005 (1:27 pm)
Like, I mean, it's cooler, man??
#379 of 2747 Re: Please bring the 5 door to the US [beantown]
Oct 06, 2005 (3:06 pm)
I agree about the 5 door. If there is no 5 door, and the Honda Fit has one then the choice between the two will be easy. The 4 door sedan as the only choice for a small car model in the US is over, and Honda and Toyota need to get with it.
#380 of 2747 No side curtains and side airbags..
Oct 06, 2005 (3:08 pm)
If SABs and SCBs are not availably on the Yaris in Canada, I might go with the Fit instead. It has the CVT, probably better fuel economy and probably better safety. I just hope it's released in Canada by next spring.
Oct 06, 2005 (3:22 pm)
pick the Toyota Yaris over the Toyota Corolla if they were priced similarly and offered similar equipment (including safety equipment) would be the far better looks of the Yaris, man.
Right, backy? I mean, duh!
Oct 06, 2005 (4:27 pm)
I believe that even the $9995 Chevy Aveo Value Package gets SABs for 2006. If I were Toyota, I would find a way to make this feature standard. They don't need another Echo fiasco, where they are selling $13K vehicles without basic stuff that competitors have. As for the stuff about the 5-door hatch, remember that the Scion xA is a 5-door hatch that sells for around $13K at Toyota dealers. They do not want so much overlap. In fact, I find it a little odd that Toyota's US Yaris site seems to be aimed at young people. I thought the strategy was that young people would be ushered toward Scion, while the little old ladies who need to get to the Shop Rite every weekend would buy a Yaris.