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Toyota Yaris 1.5

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I was in NC and had rented a compact car for 4 days. I was hoping for a Cobalt or a Focus. No such luck...they were going to put me in an HHR or PT Cruiser. I told them I needed an 'effing trunk (I was firm, not rude). So I got a Yaris sedan.

This is a short review. There is little that is inspiring to say about this car.

It is the noisiest new car I've ever driven. It is a lawn-mower with a passenger car shell dropped onto it. To say that going from this car back into a 17 year old Regal with over a quarter of a million miles and feeling like one went from backpack cloth to velvet would about describe it. Shifts are rough, especially when throttled. The interior does not have many options for seat adjustments, which weren't comfortable to begin with, and the speedometer and indicators are in the MIDDLE of the dashboard... and NOT even angled toward the driver. Crazy. Especially on the freeway in rural areas, it was hard to monitor one's speed.

The only good things were: decent enough seating position and visibility and excellent gas mileage with the 1.5 liter (freeway mileage appeared to be 42 or 43 - that's on par with a Smart Car, and this is more usable).

The price I rented this car for was almost a "mistake." Therefore, I was able to drive hundreds of miles for 4 days for what a cab fare from downtown LA to LAX would have cost. So, I can't complain much. I wish I would have spent 4 days in a Focus instead. Oh well.

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Oh yeah, I forgot, I also got frequent flyer credit for the rental.

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Pardon me, but what did you require a trunk for?

I myself would have gladly taken a PT or HHR over the Yaris.

My Golf V's hatch area, though slightly less accomodating than the Astra's, is quite commodious.

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Unless you specifically needed to lock the trunk and have the contents be hidden, I don't get the trunk issue with the PT Cruiser or HHR.

Turning down an HHR in favor of a Yaris sedan because you need a trunk is like turning down a TrailBlazer for a Malibu for the same reason.

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Turning down an HHR in favor of a Yaris sedan because you need a trunk is like turning down a TrailBlazer for a Malibu for the same reason.

However, the Malibu would be much nicer to drive, hehe.

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Unless you specifically needed to lock the trunk and have the contents be hidden, I don't get the trunk issue with the PT Cruiser or HHR.

Turning down an HHR in favor of a Yaris sedan because you need a trunk is like turning down a TrailBlazer for a Malibu for the same reason.

Yeah, I'd take a hatchback over a trunk anyday in a small car. And hatchbacks usually have a cover over the rear area.

When I'm traveling for myself and need to rent a car, I try and avoid anything smaller than a midsize...I'm happy with a Taurus, Grand Marquis, or Town Car (which are the cars I've rented the most frequently over the last 6-8 years), or a Mustang convertible if I'm someplace fun in warm weather.

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However, the Malibu would be much nicer to drive, hehe.

Indeed. I've never driven a Malibu, but if it's like the V6 Aura I drove one could easily do worse.

I'm sure the HHR would have been a nicer drive than the Yaris.... but it doesn't sounds like that bar is set too high.

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yaris sells like mad and yet people won't buy astras. that alone makes me angry. to understand why i say that. astras and their discounts now can be cheaper than similar optioned yaris.

why anyone buys a yaris over a cobalt or focus, too...........

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yaris sells like mad and yet people won't buy astras. that alone makes me angry. to understand why i say that. astras and their discounts now can be cheaper than similar optioned yaris.

why anyone buys a yaris over a cobalt or focus, too...........

There's a sombrero on the hood.

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I drove one 30 feet last week, an '07 sedan with 36k miles. At idle, the interior was a cacophony of buzzes.
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I drove one 30 feet last week, an '07 sedan with 36k miles. At idle, the interior was a cacophony of buzzes.

Love that word.

Haven't heard it in years.

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How about this: which would be worse to have to drive for a week coast-to-coast---a Yaris, an Aveo, a G3 (you'd have excitement!) or an Accent--about the lowest of the low I can think of for new cars.

I think I'd rather take a Greyhound bus coast to coast than drive one of those.

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Low level Hyundais have a level of fit, finish and refinement rivaling new GMs that cost twice as much. That said, coast-to-coast in any compact would suck due to the lack of room.

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How about this: which would be worse to have to drive for a week coast-to-coast---a Yaris, an Aveo, a G3 (you'd have excitement!) or an Accent--about the lowest of the low I can think of for new cars.

I think I'd rather take a Greyhound bus coast to coast than drive one of those.

I've been on Greyhound. never again. That being said the Accent would be my choice.

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I've been on Greyhound. never again. That being said the Accent would be my choice.

I've never been on a Greyhound, but I do want to do the coast to coast drive eventually.

I've some pretty long drives (1000 miles +), both by myself and with others--driven from San Jose, Ca to Denver ('04 Impala), Ann Arbor, Mi to Colorado Springs via Chicago (87 Mustang GT), Ann Arbor to Boston (87 Mustang GT), Cleveland area to Boston (Mustang GT), Ann Arbor to Baltimore (Mustang GT) , Pittsburgh area to the Florida Keys (Mustang GT, Ford Escort), but never all the way across country.

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Logest road trip so far was the 4,000+ mile round trip in the Intrepid through 20 or so states.

Sounds like fun.. I want to go out and search for America sometime...take a few weeks in June or September, a V8 convertible, a laptop, a cell phone, a bit of luggage, a good map and a GPS. Just drive to all the places in the lower 48 I've wanted to go to but haven't been to yet..

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Sounds like fun.. I want to go out and search for America sometime...take a few weeks in June or September, a V8 convertible, a laptop, a cell phone, a bit of luggage, a good map and a GPS. Just drive to all the places in the lower 48 I've wanted to go to but haven't been to yet..

Yeah, it was a blast. 4 people and a fully loaded trunk, driving almost non stop...all I had to do was change a light bulb after the trip.

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Yaris' are dirt cheap. Out the door, they're priced like Aveos, not Cobalts.

last trip to the toyota lot i recall, the yaris' were all best priced in the 15k plus range with some near 17. when i say this, i am talking with neccessary options like power windows and locks, and ABS, and air.

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How about this: which would be worse to have to drive for a week coast-to-coast---a Yaris, an Aveo, a G3 (you'd have excitement!) or an Accent--about the lowest of the low I can think of for new cars.

I think I'd rather take a Greyhound bus coast to coast than drive one of those.

the accent is not bad. i do prefer it to the elantra in fact.

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the accent is not bad. i do prefer it to the elantra in fact.

Ok..there's probably a Kia version of it that's even cheaper and nastier, though. Rio?

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i give hyundai credit, they are trying to be toyota with more benefit and they are on their way to doing exactly that. toyota should be worried. the accent is a good car and better than yaris and offers much more value for less money. this is why toyota should be very afraid. now that people buy hyundais as an alternative to lexus, i can see how hyundai may really start to eat toyotas lunch from the bottom end also.

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