2008 Toyota Yaris Consumer Reviews

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2008 Toyota Yaris
4.7
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money saver

by 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...
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, highway 42. 5 spd manual transmission. It does get a little uncomfortable on long trips ( 750+ miles) but worth it in fuel savings vs the comfort of a F250 @ 17mpg. It is great in the snow with a good set of tires. It has no frills, manual tranny, A/C, and a CD player, manual windows, locks. Original brakes still in good shape, should get at least 100,000 miles out of them, if not more. Cup holders took a little to get use to. Center control panel no problems, actually I kind of like it. This car is the best bang for your buck. This is my first Toyota car.
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Best reliability of any car

by from Allentown, PA on April 18, 2011

I have own since 1976 Toyota cars exclusively. All of the cars had no problems. The only trouble I had was when a part wore out from age. For the last ten years I had a 02 Echo, 05 Echo, and a 08 Yari...
I have own since 1976 Toyota cars exclusively. All of the cars had no problems. The only trouble I had was when a part wore out from age. For the last ten years I had a 02 Echo, 05 Echo, and a 08 Yaris. (Echo name changed to Yaris) I have sold the 02 and 05 Echos and have no complaints from the buyers. I am now in the process of selling the 08 Yaris and will buy either a 2011 Yaris or a 2011 Prius.
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I LOVE this car ... more & more all the time.

by from Louisiana on June 1, 2010

I came to the point in January of this year that I needed a new car. My old one was simply done. I had been interested in looking at the Toyota Yaris & found a great deal on a preowned 2008 Yaris Seda...
I came to the point in January of this year that I needed a new car. My old one was simply done. I had been interested in looking at the Toyota Yaris & found a great deal on a preowned 2008 Yaris Sedan. I've been driving this car for the past four months, and I absolutely love it. It's a fun car to drive & the gas mileage is unreal. I just returned from a trip today. I drove right at 400 miles each way. On the way, I averaged 41.5 miles per gallon. On my return trip, I averaged 42. On a standard tank for me, with a mixture of highway & city driving, I usually average between 35-37 miles per gallon. While driving this car, I often find myself thinking, "I LOVE my car." I plan to drive it until the wheels fall off, and with it being a Toyota, that may be a long while! A few specific things I like about the car are these - * Gas mileage is amazing. * The MP3 jack is great ... I use it all the time with the iPod on my iPhone. The sound system is also good, in my opinion. * The cupholders are in a very convenient location, and I like that I don't have to take my eyes off of the road at all when reaching/looking for my drink, but the downside is that your cup blocks the air/heater vent. * The trunk is very spacious. * The speedometer being in the middle of the dashboard was very quick for me to get used to. Some people think it would take some time, but for me, it did not. It doesn't bother me at all. Overall, I'd give this car a 9.5 out of 10, with my only true complaint being that the driver's seat is a little uncomfortable for long trips. And the very minor detail that my drink blocks an air vent. Everything else is perfect!
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what a bang for the buck

by from utica ny on November 9, 2011

The Toyota yaris in my opinion has to be the most affordable well rounded car out there... I'm in my mid twenties and love mine. Gas lasts forever and its cheap to fill. Its the perfect size for me an...
The Toyota yaris in my opinion has to be the most affordable well rounded car out there... I'm in my mid twenties and love mine. Gas lasts forever and its cheap to fill. Its the perfect size for me and when I car pool it is easy and comfortable enough for four. The trunk is a great size for a four door car and I have never had a problem on snlw or ice. It handles well and is the best purchase I have ever made.
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I love my car!

by from West Virginia on August 2, 2012

I just got my yaris about a month ago, just made my first payment. Best decision ever. I love my car so much :) She drives so well and is beautiful on the inside and out. With GREAT gas mileage. I rec...
I just got my yaris about a month ago, just made my first payment. Best decision ever. I love my car so much :) She drives so well and is beautiful on the inside and out. With GREAT gas mileage. I recommend this car 100%
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2008 Toyota yaris

by from Mass on December 19, 2011

Excellent in every way. Gas mileage over 40m/g consistently. Very reliable. Cute. Would recommend to anyone.
Excellent in every way. Gas mileage over 40m/g consistently. Very reliable. Cute. Would recommend to anyone.
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Buy this Car!

by from Chicago, IL on July 20, 2010

I bought my Yaris hatchback new in 2008 and LOVE it! It now has 46,000 miles with NO problems at all! Mine has a manual transmission, which helps a bit with pickup when merging into fast traffic. It's...
I bought my Yaris hatchback new in 2008 and LOVE it! It now has 46,000 miles with NO problems at all! Mine has a manual transmission, which helps a bit with pickup when merging into fast traffic. It's super-responsive handling has gotten me out of trouble numerous times (ug, Chicago drivers!). It is very roomy on the inside and comfortably fits 4 adults. The back seats recline and move backward, allowing for even more room for my 6-foot sons no problems. Only routine maintenance (oil changes, one set of new tires, new front brake pads) and I replaced the stock speakers for more bang. I don't like having the cup holder in front of the air register on the side, so I have to close off the register. Also there isn't much room for my purse, so I have to put it on the middle back floor. Of course, the gas mileage -- I do drive fast (80 mph on road trips), with AC on and a full load of people and luggage, I still got 40 mpg. I am SO satisfied with this car. Get one with power options and cruise control - you can't go wrong!
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A Great Financial Decision

by from Springfield Illinois on September 16, 2010

In 2008 I traded my Highlander for a 2008 Toyota Yaris Sedan, auto trans. Gas was over $3.00 per gallon and my Highlander payment plus the gas cost to commute 65 miles per day was too much. I just wan...
In 2008 I traded my Highlander for a 2008 Toyota Yaris Sedan, auto trans. Gas was over $3.00 per gallon and my Highlander payment plus the gas cost to commute 65 miles per day was too much. I just wanted a small commuting car. 2 years later I LOVE this car. It's like a go-cart - interstates were a bit scary at first, but it zips in and out pretty well. It's pretty roomy for an economy car. My 6'4" hubby can ride comfortably. The trunk is roomy - and the two back seats fold down, I'm amazed at what I've hauled home in it. We take it everywhere! I have a 16 year old and with my commuting and her, it just turned 55,000 miles. I maintain it on cue, and the engine still sounds smooth. I hope to have it until it breaks down. HIGHLY recommend it!
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Great little car for the money!

by from Jacksonville, AL on January 27, 2010

Purchased this car in August 2008 brand new with 8 miles on the odometer. Chose the fully loaded model with all the options available. Pros: Great gas mileage: around 31 city, as high as 40 on the hi...
Purchased this car in August 2008 brand new with 8 miles on the odometer. Chose the fully loaded model with all the options available. Pros: Great gas mileage: around 31 city, as high as 40 on the highway. Interior layout: the instrument cluster in the middle is weird to get used to at first, but I find that when driving the other car (2003 BMW 325i), I prefer the Yaris instrumentation because it's less distracting while driving. Everything is simply laid out and easy to understand. Standard Toyota. Reliability: not one problem and we now have 27,000 miles on the car. Toyota service dept at my local dealer gets regularly scheduled maintenance performed in less than 30 minutes WITHOUT an appointment! And it's only $45 for everything, and they vacuum out the car to boot! :-) Handling: won't out corner a Mazda or BMW, but definitely drives like a much larger car and feels safe on the road. Cons: Comfort: while it's seats are comfortable enough on short hops, anything over 3 hours is going to really start to take it's toll on your back and thighs. It simply needs a little softer seats on the bottom, and more lumbar support on the back. If they could fix this, it would be PERFECT for road trips! Handling in less than ideal weather: on windy days, be forewarned that this little car will fight you to stay in the correct lane. Slow down, and maintain a firm grip. Performance: I realize that this is a 1.5 liter engine, but some low end torque would have been nice. Once up to higher speeds, the car is fine. But don't expect this car to merge quickly. Allow yourself some time, it's only 107 ponies! Overall, I like the car for everyday driving in a slightly rural area. It's just not a long haul car. But you can't beat the sticker price brand new, the gas mileage, resale value or reliability of Toyota. Used Yaris' are going for more than we paid new. Incredible! And the massive recall on Toyota's recently do NOT include the Yaris. Buy with confidence!
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Much better than expected

by from Texas on September 24, 2010

Pros: great mileage. Rides decent. Good drivability. Reliable. Not hard to look at. Cons, none really as it is what it is and should not be compared to a Cadillac, Lexas etc. This car is really a su...
Pros: great mileage. Rides decent. Good drivability. Reliable. Not hard to look at. Cons, none really as it is what it is and should not be compared to a Cadillac, Lexas etc. This car is really a surprise for the price. I would not mind having another one. Such a value.
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