Small Cabin, Problem with manual transmission
June 5, 2018
I bought the 2017 Toyota Yaris iA in 11/2016 and hated the car couple of months later. I didn't want to have a lot of upside down, I waited (painfully) up to 1 year and 7 months before I could trade it in with no upside down.
*38-42 MPG. I have not see it below 35 MPG even at 80 mph.
*Handling! This car can take the corners. I don't have any complain about the speed because it handles so well that I enjoy my drive up in the mountains when I take my mountain bike.
*Wide view backup camera and CLEAR and rarely do I need to clean the lens.
*Comfortable seats for a small guy: I'm 5'6", 145 lbs.
*Gauges can be hard to see at times in the morning.
*Back doors doesn't seem to open wide enough and have some clearance when putting my daughter in her car seat or when vacuuming the rear.
* 4 cup holders and they're all in the front. None in the rear.
*Volume knob and knob to navigate your deck is next to the hand brake. You have to move your hands out of the steering wheel to reach the volume. It should have been in the steering wheel like most of the cars.
*Hard to remove the head rests.
*No head room in the back.
*Head rest in the back will rest on your back so you have to lift this up but even after lifting it up, its still not comfortable.
*Absolute no leg room in the back seats! With the front seat adjusted to my height, I only have 2" of room before my knee touches the back of the driver seats. Rear facing car seats will rub in the back of the passenger or driver seats.
*Loud (diesel-like) engine cold start at idle. It only lasts about a minute but it is embarrassingly loud for a new car.
*No leg room for the front passenger if there's a forward facing car seat behind it. Like you cannot open the glove compartment.
*Hard to drive in windy area. It just won't track straight! Constantly fighting the steering wheel.
*Paint chips easily. If you drop a dime on top of the hood at about 8" high, expect to nick that paint.
*Mechanical cable for the fuel door broke loose after my 2nd fill. Had to fix it myself.
*Tranny had problems at 40 miles. Yes, that's Forty not 40k. 2nd gear grind, front second it wont shift to neutral. You have to find the neutral position. Tranny was replaced at 18k and when it came back, it had wheel bearing humming noise, dealership used Toyota tranny fluid when it should be Mazda so I had to kept coming back to Toyota and the grind on 2nd gear was still there and it still hangs. I took it 4 months later but this time the problem is intermittent so they (and myself as well) could not feel the problems.
If you're looking for a car. This is NOT what you want to buy. Look elsewhere. I used to have a 2008 3 door yaris and I figured a 4 door would be an upgrade but the 2008 Yaris has A LOT more cabin space inside that this iA. I traded this car for a Kia Soul. A LOT bigger cabin with A LOT less foot print in my garage. Stable on windy freeways as well.