The 2010 Toyota Yaris makes a solid choice in the economy car segment due to its versatile body style choices, comfortable drive, outstanding fuel economy and attractive cabin.
It's actually an "entry-level" vehicle that offers more than typically expected in terms of both features and performance. While you shouldn't expect quick acceleration from its 106-horsepower four-cylinder engine, you can enjoy smaller gas bills with up to 36 mpg on the highway. Toss in its easy driving dynamics, comfortable ride and affordable pricing, and you've got a vehicle well worth serious consideration.
And new for the 2010 model year is the addition of standard traction and stability control, as well as a manual transmission choice for the five-door Yaris hatchback. In addition, the previous S model has been replaced by the optional Sport package.
The 2010 Toyota Yaris is classified as a subcompact economy car and is offered in three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback and four-door sedan body styles.
Base Yaris models come somewhat sparsely equipped, although you won't see alot of these on a dealer lot, with standard features such as air conditioning, intermittent wipers, 14 inch steel wheels, a tilt steering wheel and 4-way-adjustable front seats. And while speakers are pre-wired, technically even a radio isn't standard issue. There's several additional standard features on the sedan, including a height-adjustable driver seat, a remote trunk release and a tachometer.
Many optional features are grouped into packages and there are several stand-alone options. The Convenience package includes a CD/MP3 player with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack, a rear window wiper for the sedan and a 60/40-split rear seat that slides and reclines for the hatchbacks. The Power package includes all of the Convenience package features plus full power accessories and keyless entry.
In addition, there's a Sport package that adds to the Power package with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, sport seats, 15 inch wheels, iPod integration, foglights and exterior styling upgrades.
Available stand-alone options include cruise control, 15 inch alloy wheels and foglights.
Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:
Powering the front-wheel-drive 2010 Yaris is a 1.5 liter inline-4 engine that produces 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual while a 4-speed automatic is optional.
The EPA-estimated gas mileage for the new Yaris is a class-leading 29 mpg city and 36 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission. But the automatic doesn't suffer much, rated at a nearly identical 29 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.
Standard safety features on all 2010 Yaris models include antilock brakes (ABS), stability control, traction control and side curtain airbags.
In government crash tests, the Yaris sedan received four out of five stars for both frontal and side-impact protection for all occupants. The three-door and five-door hatchbacks earned five stars for driver protection and four stars for passenger protection in frontal-impacts and five stars for front passenger protection and three stars for rear passengers in side-impact tests.
The Yaris' cabin is attractively designed and fairly comfortable for an economy car. That said, rear seating in the hatchbacks is somewhat cramped, but this can be significantly offset with the optional sliding/reclining rear seats. On the other hand, the sedan is fairly spacious for a subcompact because it's 20 inches longer than the hatchback. It should also be noted that the center-mounted instrument panel, while attractive, draws the driver's sight further away from the road in order to see them.
While the sedan offers 12.9 feet of luggage space to the hatchback's 10, the hatchbacks have three gloveboxes to the sedan's one and also offer 25.7 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats lowered.
The 2010 Yaris makes for a versatile city car with its light and responsive steering and easy maneuverability, while still feeling solid cruising down the highway. Obviously, the Yaris isn't engineered for power-seeking driving enthusiasts, but still boasts adequate oomph for highway passing. The engine is also fairly quiet overall, but can get a bit noisy when pushed. Car shoppers seeking a practical and sensible commuter vehicle with great gas mileage will likely be pleased with its overall performance.
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2010 Toyota Yaris Three-Door Hatchback:
Manual: list price: $12,605, invoice price: $11,975
Automatic: list price: $13,405, invoice price: $12,735
2010 Toyota Yaris Five-Door Hatchback:
Manual: list price: $12,905, invoice price: $12,260
Automatic: list price: $13,705, invoice price: $13,020
2010 Toyota Yaris Sedan:
Manual: list price: $13,365, invoice price: $12,696
Automatic: list price: $14,165, invoice price: $13,456