Monday, July 18, 2016

Quickie Used Car Review - Toyota Yaris (2007-2014)

2007-2014 Toyota Yaris

The Good: Practical, a pleasure to drive

The Bad: Interior is not that flexible

The Say: Something unnoticed that has character.

Go For: 1.5
Avoid: You have no other choice

Price Range: P285,000-P400,000
Our Rating: ***

Related review: Used Car Review - Toyota Yaris (2007-2014)
Latest vehicle profile: Toyota Yaris

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Vehicle Overview
Sharing the platform with the Toyota Belta, the Yaris is still European designed similar to the first generation model. Both the sedan and hatchback use the same engines and components but utilizes a different sheet metal. While the first generation model which was launched in 2000 utilized the Echo nameplate, the second generation model now gets the Yaris badge.

Compared to its dinky predecessor, this one grew in size both inside and out while retaining the easy to drive personality it has. Going inside reveals more space and a dashboard similar to the Vios, a car whose platform it shares. While a lot of cubby holes and storage bins are present, a single fold bench poses a lack of flexibility especially if the need arises for cargo loading you would be in trouble.

Unlike the Vios and the current model, this one has a sole engine option in the form of a 1.5 engine which has ample power from low to mid range plus Toyota's VVT-I technology comes standard. And unlike its sedan sibling, this one has a fun to drive personality which you'll enjoy. Outward visibility is topnotch and it is complemented by an upright seating position.

What Should I Get
No need to worry for a variant to look at, rather several model years have equipment updates and it pays to look carefully as the later the unit, the more kit it has. Initial models from 2007 has all power features, alarm system, keyless entry, dual airbags, fog lamps, ABS brakes, MP3 function, and rear wiper. Models sold from June 2009 adds side mirror signal repeaters, auxiliary jack, and steering wheel audio controls while March 2012 had some exterior updates and red stitching. Only one engine is available: a 107hp 1.5.

How Much Would It Cost Me
This vehicle didn't sell well throughout, which translates to limited parts availability especially for the exterior components. However, several mechanical parts are similar to the Vios which makes things easy for the wallet. Fuel consumption is on the average with several rivals. Although not much problems were reported, do take a look for the alternator which has a weak characteristic in several instances.

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