Used Toyota Yaris Information

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Used Toyota Yaris Review 2006-2011:

In 2006, Toyota replaced its wee Echo with the slightly-less-wee Yaris. The increase in size wasn't dramatic, the Yaris was more than an inch wider, and rode on a 3.6-inch longer wheelbase but it was enough to allow Toyota to make the new car a five-seater, where the Echo had seatbelts for four only. Where the Echo was introduced as a sedan only, the Yaris arrived solely in a hatchback body style.

Like the Echo, the Yaris used a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine rated for 108 horsepower and 105 lb.-ft. of torque. Not supercar numbers, certainly, but adequate to haul around what was one of the lightest cars on the market. Power was put to pavement by a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic.

The 2007 Yaris line gained a sedan model. It got a few styling cues to set it apart from the hatchback (as though the addition of a trunk wasn't enough) and a wheelbase stretched by three-and-a-half inches. The sedan's trunk was bigger, too, at 365 litres, versus 229 litres in the hatchback.

In 2009, the Yaris sedan got a minor cosmetic refresh, and both sedan and hatchback models received a raft of updates to their available option packages. It was a bit more of the same for 2010, including the addition of front seat side and side curtain airbags as standard across the line (these had been optional in previous years). 2011 saw Toyota go a step further in making stability control and anti-lock brakes standard for all Yarises (part of its new "Star" safety system, a good idea that was, unfortunately, a public relations reaction to the sticky throttle scandal, which was little more than a conspiracy to taint Toyota's reputation).

Fuel consumption, as rated by Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency, varied very slightly year-to-year, but the 2010 figures of 6.9/5.5 L/100 km (city/highway) with the manual transmission, and 7.0/5.7 L/100 km in automatic form are representative.

No surprise, Consumer Reports gives the Yaris a "much better than average" used car reliability rating; TrueDelta.com shows the Yaris' reliability is rivalled only by that of the Honda Fit. Both organizations seem to agree that nothing can quite touch the Yaris' reputation.