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2008 Toyota Yaris
2008 Toyota Yaris
Available Price Range $3,298-$8,818 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 32 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2008 Toyota Yaris

Our Take

Introduced in 2007, the Yaris is Toyota's least-expensive model. At its introduction, it served as a replacement for the automaker's Echo. Largely unchanged for 2008, the Yaris is available in sedan or two-door-hatchback form. A new S option is available on hatchback models. Similarly s... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Center-mounted instrument cluster

Notable Features

  • Stubby design, miniscule overhangs
  • 3 feet shorter in length, but 1 inch taller, than Camry
  • Hatchback or sedan


Our Expert Reviews

Remember those clown cars at the circus? The teeny-tiny ones that would drive into the center ring and 15 clowns would climb out? That was hilarious, right? Well, it's not that funny when you're playing the part of the clown, which I did recently while test-driving the 2008 Toyota Yaris.You see, it was my son's birthday and I showed up for his party at the park with two kids and ... Read full review for the 2008 Toyota Yaris

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money saver

by silvereagle2 from ny state on October 3, 2011

Bought new Sept. 2008, (sedan) since then I have put over 65,000 miles on it, with no problems. Originally bought to be a commuter car. ( 70+ miles a day). Best gas mpg 45, lowest mpg 36. Avg. city 38... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 8 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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