Yaris: fun, reliable and affordable, with a low annual operating cost.
2007 Toyota Yaris Base
My Yaris gets 31 mpg with mixed driving of in town and freeway. It is small so it parks easily in any space. The hatchback allows me to put purchases, briefcase, or luggage away easily, and if needed the back seat folds down to extend the available space. The Yaris has never needed any repairs, only routine maintenance such as oil changes and windshield wiper blades. There are periodic checks and changes for different mileage stages. But nothing has been outside routine care, and between the gas mileage and low cost routine care, it is an economical car to drive. The Yaris has plenty of pep to accelerate to freeway speeds, pass a car, etc. The steering is very responsive, but the car itself is not designed for high speed turns or quick high speed maneuvers. Within the interior there are cubbys, compartments, storage galore. The interior is well designed with most things within the driver's reach. There is great visibility out the front tinted window, but there are some side and back blind spots in all the mirrors. Careful placement of the mirrors, and being aware, easily mitigates this negative. It is not easy to get in the back seats, and if you put a bag or item there, when retrieving it later, it does alter the floor position of the front driver and passenger seats. The only other negative is that there is quite a bit of road noise when on the freeway. I am told this has decreased some in newer models, and there are aftermarket solutions that could be worth the investment depending on how much driving one does. Overall this is a very reliable, low cost, affordable vehicle.