The Toyota Yaris should seem like it doesn’t have a lot going for it, but that might not be the case. It’s a lower-end subcompact that is affordable and practical, but the minimal design is typically viewed as negative – but it could work well for the Yaris. It’s not going to impress anyone in traffic, and it’s not going to win any races, but it is a great option for a daily driver.
If you aren’t looking for luxury or speed…
You can buy a used Toyota Yaris in good condition for less than $10,000, but you can also buy one brand new for around $17,000 which still isn’t a large sticker price. You don’t get all of the luxuries of buying a new Audi…or even an older, used Audi. In fact, you almost get no amenities at all with the Toyota Yaris.
The 1.5L 4-cylinder engine isn’t much to look at when you pop the hood, and it offers a truly underwhelming amount of power, outputting a modest 106hp. What it lacks in speed and power, it makes up for in gas mileage, making it a decent option for cruising around town or being stuck in traffic, which chances are, if you are using this car as a daily vehicle, is what it will spend most of its time doing.
In the city, you Yaris gets a reported 32mpg, and on the highway can get as much as an average of 40mpg. The impressive gas mileage makes up for the car’s lack of acceleration and speed and makes it a good buy from an economical standpoint.
But the Yaris does have a few things going for it
The Yair isn’t all that bad, and it does have some saving graces. The newest model year is available as a sedan, or hatchback, really giving it the variety to fit any individual style -unless you are looking for something sporty.
The interior of the Yaris might not be impressively detailed, and it altogether is pretty modest. The seats, at least, are spacious and comfortable, adding to its appeal as a daily driver. The dashboard and climate controls are minimal yet modern, giving it a crisp and clean appearance that makes it look anything but aged.
The Yaris also offers a fair amount of practicality that revolves around the car’s cargo space. In the sedan, you can expect to get 13.5 cubic feet of storage space for groceries, gym bags, and backpacks, and the hatchback offers an even greater 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space.
You can expect the Yaris to be reliable and affordable to maintain, two qualities you might not be able to say of some German cars. The reputation for Toyota reliability extends to the Yaris, and you can rely on it to take you and your family wherever you need to go. The overall cost of maintenance is low, and we’ve learned from previous years that anything that does need to be repaired or replaced can be done so without breaking the bank.
The Toyota Yaris is a good subcompact car depending on what you are looking for in a car, and there are a lot of benefits to owning one as a daily driver. Whether you are looking to buy a new or a used car, the Toyota Yaris is affordable and practical, even if it doesn’t have much else to offer.