The 2011 Toyota Yaris has a few good things going for it: excellent fuel economy, an affordable base price and an eccentric appearance. However, with a lackluster cabin and an uncomfortable driver seat, other small cars are better options.
The Toyota Yaris is not one of the vehicles affected by last year’s recalls for unintended acceleration. That said, one of the major things that distinguish the 2011 Yaris from the 2010 model is standard brake override technology, which automatically cuts off fuel to the engine when the brake is applied. Other changes include, sun visor extensions for the liftback models and a price increase of about $250. Other than that, the 2011 Toyota Yaris looks exactly like its predecessor and drives just like it too. But lack of change isn’t a good thing.
One of the Toyota Yaris’ greatest strengths is its impressive safety package. In 2010 the Toyota Yaris adopted the Toyota Star Safety System as a standard feature that includes anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control. The Toyota Yaris is one of the few vehicles in its segment to offer these safety features as standard equipment. The Toyota Yaris also has a simplistic, cute design that reviewers like, and good fuel economy of 29/35 mpg city/highway. Overall, it’s a practical car for commuters.
However, with top-scoring models like Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit in the class, the Yaris has trouble. First, the 2011 Toyota Yaris’s interior is bland compared to the competition’s. Plus, when you add features to spice it up, the price inflates quickly. Even basic options like power windows and doors are only offered with package upgrades. Unlike the Fiesta and Fit, the Toyota Yaris does not prioritize driver comport. The dashboard is centralized, rather than in front of the driver, and seating is uncomfortable.
Reviewers do point out that Toyota Yaris didn’t model the Toyota Yaris after high performance luxury vehicles. Rather, the Toyota Yaris was penned for daily commuters who don’t want to spend a lot of money. "In the end, the…Toyota Yaris remains a sensible choice,” Edmunds says. “But the competitive field holds the advantage."