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#347 of 443 Accent vs Yaris - my impressions
May 01, 2007 (5:46 pm)
I was really leaning toward the 07 Accent SE, from reading this review on the automobilemag.com;
I test drove a MT Accent SE, was impressed.
Since the Toyota dealer was just down the street, I test drove a MT Yaris hatch as well.
Here is what I came away with;
The Accent is better looking, IMHO, I like the rounded body shape, and rear "spoiler". The Yaris is more stubby and toy like in appearance.
Inside the Accent's dash is more conventional, although the glove box and center console storage compartment both felt flimsy. The Yaris' strange center dash didn't bother me, and I liked the many storage compartments, which were sturdier than the Accent's.
The Accent's seats look better, but the Yaris' seats are more comfortable.
Exterior colors for the Yaris are not very exciting, white, red gray, black, blue, but the Accent has a more adventurous palette, with ice blue, tango red (more of an orange), a handsome dark blue, and a fantastic looking apple green.
The Accent SE handled well, a tight suspension was immediately noticable, but hard cornering caused body roll and irritation from the salesmen.
The manual shifter was unpleasantly notchy, I had to fight it a bit to change gears. Its a small engine but with the manual there seemed to be plenty of power for this type of car.
The Yaris also handled well, mayby not quite as tautly as the Accent. But the shifter! So much better than the Accent's. Short throws, easy to shift, more natural shift position.
I then drove auto trans versions of both cars. The Accent had noticibly less pull, and the transmission hunted gears alot. The Yaris also suffered greatly with an auto trans, but that auto trans shifted more assuredly then the Accent's.
Get a manual version of these cars if you can, the MT versions are truly fun to shift and the cars feels like they have much more power, the autos take most of the joy out of piloting either of these vehicles.
The Accent's seats do not fold flat, there is a lip of maybe 3 inches. Not a deal breaker, but seems like most other makers have figured out how to make the seats fold flat.
The Yaris' seats folded completely flat.
Since both are hatches, a huge amount of room is available when folded flat. The Yaris has 2 integrated trays under the spare tire cover, great place to hid valuables. The Accent has a cargo cover which some have complained that it doesn't raise with the hatch like on previous Accents.
But all in all, either hatch holds a similar amount, the Accent a bit more since its longer than the Yaris.
The Accent SE has far more included content, like ABS brakes, side curtain airbags, disc brakes all around. And of course the Accent has a much better warranty.
The Yaris will have better resale value, but at these prices, depreciation doesn't matter that much if you keep the car for a long time.
The deciding factor was the shifter in the Yaris, so much nicer than the Accent. So I am pretty sure I will get a Yaris, but I think the Accent is close second. The Accent is more conventional in a positive way, compared to the Yaris' polarizing dash and bug like styling. But I enjoyed driving the Yaris so much better mostly due to the far superior manual transmission, and the styling has grown on me.
Hope this was helpful...
#348 of 443 Re: Accent vs Yaris - my impressions [chicagogiton]
May 01, 2007 (6:49 pm)
A couple of things:
* There is a short-throw shifter kit available for the Accent as a dealer-installed option. I don't know if it's possible to test a car with it installed, but it might make a difference for you.
* The Accent's rear seat DOES fold flat. What you do is, lift the rear seat bottoms up and fold them forward so they are vertical, then drop the seatbacks, which fold flat.
Another thing to consider is that the Yaris scored much better in IIHS crash tests (when equipped with optional side bags) than the Accent. But only 4-door sedans were tested, so it's unclear if the results will translate to the hatchbacks.
#349 of 443 Re: Accent vs Yaris - my impressions [backy]
May 01, 2007 (7:20 pm)
You are right about the seats folding flat, I just saw a youtube movie demonstrating how to fold the seats in the Accent, the salesmen didn't show me that.
I read about the short throw shifter, I am sure it would feel different but probably not a way to test one, since its an after purchase upgrade. Backy, I am now back on the fence about these two cars
#350 of 443 Yaris, off the fence!
May 03, 2007 (7:54 pm)
The final clincher was insurance prices. The Accent was $52 dollars MORE to insure per month than the Yaris. Granted I live in urban Chicago, insurance is very high, people living elsewhere may not see such a disparity in rates.
Also, I tested another Yaris today, manual with convenience package and weather package, seems to be the normal base package in the midwest. First time I encountered the non split non sliding rear seat. It was fine, it folded flat, I don't think I need the split folding reclining seats.
Also my first test drive at night, the center console is very nicely lit, nice contrast. The dealer is trying to get me the color I want, so new Yaris soon for me!
Also, I drove my friends Mini today, its of course a car with much better suspension bits, brakes, etc. But its HEAVY, the Yaris felt far nimbler. Also the shifter was much easier to use in the Yaris. The Yaris' cargo area is also much larger, as the Yaris is a little longer and much higher than the Mini.
#351 of 443 Re: Yaris, off the fence! [chicagogiton]
May 04, 2007 (6:42 am)
Wow, that is a big difference in insurance costs. You'll also save some on gas with the Yaris vs. the Accent.
Are you getting the SAB and ABS options? Tests have shown the Yaris doesn't stop that well w/o ABS, and the side crash results w/o the SABs are not encouraging. I have heard those options are becoming easier to find on the Yaris.
#352 of 443 Re: Yaris, off the fence! [backy]
May 04, 2007 (7:44 pm)
Seems like the common config with a manual is weather and convenience package and nothing else. So if I want a Yaris anytime in the near future, no ABS or SAB.
Carmax will special order such options but could give no clear indication of how long it would take. Mulling it over.
Although adding ABS and SAB pushes the car into the 14k territory, and there are other choices in that price range to consider.
May 12, 2007 (3:40 pm)
The seats dont fold flat even if you lift the seat towards front. Becky was right about the 3" high level.
Thanks for the heads up on the short throw shifter.
my mileage now is 4,300 from March 9th of 2007.
No problems encountered at all so far. A good gas mileage can be achieve by using high-octane ratings.
87 Octane: 27mpg
89 Octane: 31mpg
91 Octane: 33mpg
Do the math
May 12, 2007 (4:27 pm)
Does anyone know of a current website, or have any 4-1-1 in general concerning the U.S. version of the '08 Yaris (planned improvements, added optional equipment, etc)?
I'm particularly interested in the LiftBack for '08.
I read that the 2008 Corolla is moving up in size and scope, so I'm sure the Yaris (both sedan and LB) will pick up the slack, so to speak, to make up for the Corolla's up-scaling.
#355 of 443 Accent Limited Version
May 22, 2007 (8:16 am)
Hyundai is selling limited versions of Accents in Korea.
#356 of 443 Re: a bit of reality to contemplate [originalmoonz]
May 30, 2007 (2:02 am)
Good thinking. You were able to save up on your insurance costs.
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