The Yaris fit more than you’d think, actually, but first let’s go back to 2007, when it first hit the market. I drove it then and was underwhelmed by its pokey powertrain, lack of ride composure and high level of road noise. It scored points, however, for its decent fuel economy and its maneuverability.
A lot has changed since then—more with me than the car. I carry a lot more stuff now. As a homeowner and mom, I have more baggage than I did in 2007, which means there’s always a child-safety seat in the backseat, a diaper bag in the trunk, and when we grocery shop, we fill the car’s cargo space to the brim. Last weekend was like any other, except the Toyota Yaris is one of the smallest vehicles I’ve tested in a long time.