Good car, but who would need it?
November 25, 2014
I have got this car for rent and drove about 1,800 miles on highways. First I would like to talk about positive experience. Car drives very well. Good response to the steering wheel, accelerates quickly and smoothly. The driving and handling for this car just superior if you take into account its size.
Now, several words of what can be/needs to be improved if it is possible to improve at all. Instrument panel light is red. My eyes become tired quickly after driving in the night with this red light coming from the instrument panel. After 2 hours drive in the night I realized that looking at this aggressive red light annoys and distract me very much.
There is enough space for legs in this car (I am 6 feet tall), however, if I make it comfortable for my legs, my arms are stretching to the full extent, if I make it comfortable for my arms, my feet are bended and not comfortable. Finally I have decided that the comfort for my legs is more important. I was not feeling comfortable while driving so many miles.
Gas milage is the biggest concern that I have for this car. EPA gas mileage estimation for this car is only 36-37 mpg, keep in mind there are many other automakers who offer gas mileage (EPA estimate) close to 40 mpg for similar size cars. Toyota already has a car that delivers 46 mpg on highway and 50 mpg in a city (and costs a little bit more than Yaris), than why would you need to buy Yaris with 30 mpg in a city and 36 mpg on highway?
My conclusion: If you would like to buy a compact car from Toyota, that would be reasonably comfortable, drivable and has decent MPG, buy Toyota with 50 mpg in a city and 46 mpg on highways. I do not understand why someone would waist his/her money on Yaris.