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Toyota Yaris, Toyota Corolla, Hatchback
#51 of 60 Re: Yaris vs Corolla vs Cobalt vs Civic [boris13]
Dec 06, 2006 (10:29 am)
Any Walmart-type store carries seat protectors, canvas covers and other contraptions for under $50 that attach to the front and back seats to keep dogs from doing just what you mention....not to mention some also block/prevent them from hopping up to the front seat, which you'd still need with the hatch anyway.
And both cars have essentially the same number of egress options: the number of doors you choose to have opened at the same time. As a matter of fact, I find it less likely for my dog to be able to bolt out of one of the side doors of my Corolla than the hatch of my Highlander. With the hatch, I have to lower myself to the ground and open it very slowly to keep him from bolting out before I can grab his leash. With the side door, I can reach his neck area right away upon opening the door.
#52 of 60 Re: Yaris vs Corolla vs Cobalt vs Civic [beantown]
Dec 06, 2006 (10:53 am)
A hatchback has a more contained area with a flat floor, like the back of a van or SUV. There's not enough room on top of a sedan's back seat for both of my dogs, and I don't want one dog on the floor and one on the seat. A hatchback suits me better (and what you described IS the procedure I use for getting my dogs out via the hatch; I'm used to it).
It's always a possibility for a dog to bolt and run out of a sedan if someone else (like one of the kids) inadvertently opens one of the rear doors. That is what I'm trying to avoid.
You prefer the Corolla, fine. But I don't see it as a viable option for me.
#53 of 60 the corolla was better for my dogs and
Dec 06, 2006 (2:17 pm)
1) the yaris was a downgrade in mileage, as i bought a manual corolla and drive a majority of highway.
2) i have a doberman and mutt/lab mix. i put them in the back seat of the corolla all the time. i just a cheap vinyl seat cover in the back. works great.
3) all the yaris hatchbacks i looked at would be poor transpo for two dogs, or even 1 for that matter(if it were a large dog). the reason is that there is not a flat space unless you pay extra for the 60/40 seat, which should have been standard. the 1 piece seat that comes with all the yarii ive seen thus far is a joke. any flat area you get with that seat is miniscule. you get an unlevel surface, and even if it the whole area was flat its just not very big at all. i used to have a matrix, and it was awesome for dogs, perfectly flat in back and plenty large. i only traded for the corolla for the 41 mpg, which i regularly get and then some. the matrix was generally 5-6 mpg less.
so, not only do my dogs travel in comfort, but i also have the use of a trunk if i need it.
#54 of 60 I see both of your sides, but...
Dec 06, 2006 (4:09 pm)
The Yaris hatch is "cute" but the cargo space is next to useless as it is so tiny. I need four doors and I need the backseat for people and still need space for at least 2 suitcases.
The Yaris hatch cargo area with the seat up is tiny. Toyota should have made a hatch with the wheelbase of the sedan and four doors. Of course that would have made the Scion Xa redundant. The Honda Fit has an excellent cargo area unlike the Yaris hatch.
The Corolla has high points (mileage, hp, and discounts) but the old design (no mp3 cd player or auxillary input) and boring interior with an uncomfortable seating position are big negatives.
The Yaris sedan is still on my list as are a few others.
#55 of 60 Re: the corolla was better for my dogs and [kato1]
Dec 07, 2006 (8:33 am)
"...the reason is that there is not a flat space unless you pay extra for the 60/40 seat, which should have been standard. the 1 piece seat that comes with all the yarii ive seen thus far is a joke. any flat area you get with that seat is miniscule. you get an unlevel surface, and even if it the whole area was flat its just not very big at all."
Ahh, but I DID pay extra for the 60/40 fold-flat rear seat (it comes with the power package). Plenty of room in the Yaris hatchback with the rear seat down for two dogs.
And I also ordered the Yaris with a manual transmission, so my mileage will be as good as your Corolla's.
(Congratulations on getting your dogs to stay still on your sedan's back seat. My dogs would never do that; but then again, I have Siberians.)
#56 of 60 Finally I baught Honda Civic Sedan EX 2006
Dec 07, 2006 (9:13 am)
I was very confused which car to buy and followed this discussion carefully. I was thinking about Toyota Yaris 2006, Corolla 2006, Honda Civic 2006 and Cobalt. Finally I decided in favor of Civic thouagh it costed me few thousand dollars more than the other alternatives. However, I can tell you with confidence that I am so happy with this new dashboard, digital speedometer and the car's smoothness, that the extra money is worth for me... I am happy driving it.
Aug 29, 2007 (12:23 pm)
I understand about transporting the sibes. Mine is 42 and 75 pounds. I put them in the back of the truck (with camper shell).
#58 of 60 Re: Toyota Yaris v. Toyota Corolla [Sylvia]
Sep 02, 2007 (12:15 pm)
Corolla's bigger, and the console's not in the middle. For now.
#59 of 60 Re: the corolla was better for my dogs and [kato1]
Sep 02, 2007 (12:21 pm)
I know this is a very old post, but why trade a perfectly good car for just 5 mpg difference?! Seriously, without being judgemental, I'd like to know would this be worth it? How long would it take to recoup the expense?
#60 of 60 Re: the corolla was better for my dogs and [boris13]
Sep 02, 2007 (12:24 pm)
Also, not being judgemental, but maybe I'm missing something...does not a "DOWN-STAY" not work with your animals? Could you fix that? What am I missing?