2009 Toyota Yaris Review
2009 Toyota Yaris
For 2009, Toyota introduces a third body style to the Yaris lineup – a five-door hatchback. This will give a greater range of choices to those who need a sub-compact car, without giving up too much interior room.
Also added in 2009 are standard anti-lock brakes, front seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear curtain side airbags for all Yaris models. Cruise Control is also now available for the liftback models (why it wasn’t available before is beyond me.) A few new color choices are also available for 2009.
Options and Trims
The 2009 Toyota Yaris comes in any of three body styles: a 3-door liftback, 4-door sedan, or 5-door liftback, and two trim levels – base, and S. Base models offer the very basic – A/C, 14″ steel wheels, tilt steering wheel, and 4-way adjustable front seats.
Stepping up into the S trim gets you a variety of extras, depending on if you go with the hatchback or sedan model, but both give you 15″ steel wheels, a CD/MP3 player, and a sport body kit. Other options for all trim levels include alloy wheels, cruise control, upgraded interior, keyless entry, foglights, power accessories, and a rear spoiler.
Engines and Drivetrain
Every Yaris comes with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 106 horsepower and 103 lb/ft of torque. That’s not a lot, but keep in mind the Yaris only weighs in slightly over a ton, and is concerned with one thing: economy. The power gets to the front wheels via a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic (except for the 5-door Liftback, which only gets an automatic.)
Either you love it for the cute-factor, or think it’s hideous. The 3-door hatchback design is controversial, but it certainly gets the job done. The Sedan is more conventional in design; you could almost mistake it for a 2009 Toyota Corolla at first glance. The new 5-door hatchback, on the other hand looks more like a stretched version of the 3-door. It’s longer, so it doesn’t look like a bug, but ends up looking like a mini-mini-van in the process. None of the styles are ugly in my opinion, and are certainly unmistakable as a Toyota Yaris.
Inside, all of the Yaris models scream economy. A very basic and symmetrical layout reminds you that you’re in a sub-$15K car, but not necessarily in a bad way. All of the extra space left over from the lack of gadgets leaves tons of little storage compartments at your disposal. The vertical layout of the climate control knobs look as if they’ve been designed to take up space that would otherwise be unused. The whole instrument panel is in the middle, making you look to the right to check your speed and other info. This was done to cut the costs of converting from right-hand-drive layouts (for countries like Japan,) to left-hand-drive layouts (for most of the rest of the world.) The seats are basically flat sofa cushions attached to each other – very little ergonomics are involved here.
When Toyota dropped off the 3-door hatchback version of the Yaris for us to review, I became concerned for my life. In fact, I didn’t even drive it until the next day, due mostly to my fear of either being so cramped inside the tiny car that I’d develop a blood clot, or become so bored driving it that I’d fall asleep at the wheel and crash into something larger than the Yaris…like a squirrel. Boy was I wrong.
What we Liked
Despite its incredibly small size, you’d be surprised how much interior room Toyota was able to preserve. While you may not have boatloads of room for cargo, front passengers will have plenty of room (although tall drivers might be slightly cramped,) and you can fit 2 adults and a small child in the back seats of the 4- and 5-door models with reasonable comfort.
One of my main concerns was that the Yaris would be about as fun as watching paint dry. I was wrong. To my surprise, it was actually a fun little car with plenty of personality. It handled nimbly around turns, and responded quickly to your inputs. Both of our test models had the automatic transmission, but I’m sure the 5-speed manual would be better.
We also liked that you can fold the rear seats down (60/40) for much more cargo room in the liftback models if needed. Lastly, we loved the exceptional fuel economy that’s possible with the Yaris. Rated at 29 mpg city, 35 highway for the automatic transmission (29/36 for the manual,) it’s one of the best in its segment. Drive conservatively, and you’ll squeeze out closer to 40 mpg.
What we didn’t like
The 1.5-liter engine could use a little bit more pep, but I have a feeling that the automatic transmission had something to do with that. Although I haven’t driven it, I think the 5-speed manual would be the better choice for this car if you don’t mind driving a stick.
We really didn’t like the center-mounted instrument panel, which we didn’t get used to even after a week of driving. That alone would make me think about buying a competing model.
Pricing and Warranty
Prices for the Yaris three-door Liftback models range from $12,205 for the Base grade with four cylinder engine and manual five-speed transmission to $14,825 for the S grade with four cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new five-door Liftback model prices range from $13,305 for the Base grade with four cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission to $15,125 for the S grade with four cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission.
Yaris Sedan model pricing ranges from $12,965 for the Base grade with four cylinder engine and manual five-speed transmission to $15,880 for the S grade with four cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission.
– 3-year/36,000-mile Comprehensive
– 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain
– 5-year/unlimited-mileage Corrosion Perforation
Before You Buy
Drive both the automatic and manual transmission versions of the car before you make a decision. Unless you commute in heavy traffic frequently or are otherwise against manual transmissions for some reason, go with the stick.
The Honda Fit and Nissan Versa are the Yaris’ most likely competitors. They both offer something unique to the segment, offer different handling characteristics, and can be had at different price points.
The subcompact Yaris is the smallest car to wear Toyota emblems in the U.S., and with gasoline prices fluttering around $4 per gallon, it’s becoming one of the company’s most popular. The subcompact genre is a class of cars that has become more than mere basic transportation, and the Yaris is among the leaders in moving these small fries into all-around respectability.
With a thrift-oriented 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, face-distorting acceleration isn’t part of the deal here, and the Yaris isn’t the agility champ in this class. But it does deliver high fuel economy ratings (29 mpg city, 36 highway with a manual transmission), it is roomy, it carries Toyota’s rep for reliability, and it is offered in more body styles (three) than its competitors.
The Yaris is a decent choice for the thrift-minded buyer who needs an affordable no-frills, one-size-does-all automobile, but the Yaris isn’t the best choice in the subcompact market. A seven-car comparison test conducted when the car was new saw the little Toyota finish right in the middle, in fourth place, behind the third-place Kia Rio5, second-place Nissan Versa, and walk-away first-place-winner Honda Fit, the latter of which has been completely redesigned for 2009. The Yaris could only manage to beat out subcompact also-rans such as the Hyundai Accent, Dodge Caliber, and Suzuki Reno.
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What’s New for 2009
In addition to freshened front and rear styling and updated interior trim, a five-door model joins the current three-door and sedan versions. ABS and six airbags (dual front, side, and curtain) are standard features, and audio systems have been updated for integrated iPod capability.
Highlights and Recommendations
The Yaris comes in two trim levels, basic and S (for Sport). Prices start at less than $14,000. However, there is a progression of standard equipment from the basic Yaris three-door on up through the lineup, expanded for 2009 with the addition of the five-door hatch. The five-door delivers more cargo versatility than the four-door sedan, and that’s our choice, although we understand lots of folks prefer the conventional four-door body style.
Standard features in the basic Yaris are minimal. A tilting steering wheel and air conditioning come with the entry-level Yaris but not much more. However, there are several option packages that enhance livability and style. The Convenience package, which adds a rear window defogger, 15-inch wheels, and an AM/FM/CD audio system, seems like a must, and keyless entry is affordably added. The “sportier” S trim includes dressy trim bits and AM/FM/CD audio as standard equipment.
Anti-lock brakes are standard, as are dual front, side, and side-curtain airbags. Unfortunately, stability control isn’t offered.
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Awsome little compact
The reliability of the yaris is great. I only have 83k miles. But they've been known to last 300k, with just basic matinence. They're not a power house but the 110hp and light weight make it very peppy and quick handling. Great for dodging potholes. I average 30-35 mpg total in a automatic. I have a metallic grey 2dr hatchback (which I think looks better than the 4dr hatchback. Even though that's more practical for most people, and both of the hatchbacks look 100% better than the sedan) the wide door opening makes it easy to get in and out and it doesn't feel super low to the ground. Theres plenty of headroom and leg room(I'm 6ft). With getting tinted windows and adding a spoiler it has a unique sporty look. I'm putting 17in rims on this summer, to replace the current 15in. Being a sub compact I was supprised it has 15in rims and tires, because normally compacts have 14in or I've even seen 13in. Thoes sizes are getting harder to find and sometimes have to be ordered special, because they aren't kept in stock. 3 glove boxes are handy for keeping things seperated, I keep the registration and insurance cards in the one above the steering wheel. Most people don't even realise there's one there. The speedometer is in the center, which I thought was going to be awkward. But it turns out to be more convenient and easier to read. The back seat can be reclined some so its more comfortable for passengers. It come with either a split fold down rear seat (that's what I have) or a solid 1piece fold down rear seat. It makes for a lot of room if you need to cary something bigger. Two cup holders fold out in front of the vents, that will keep your beverage hot or cold when you have the hot or cold air on (Smart). If the one you want doesn't have a center armrest, you can order one that bolts into the center console.There's already a bolt there in the 3rd cup holder spot where it slips right in, and that makes it very sturdy. If it doesn't have cruse control you can order the control stalk and just have it installed, or install yourself, because all the wires are already there. It just needs the control stick. I recommend upgrading the headlights as soon as you get it also. They are a little complicated to replace, But watch youtube videos on it, and you'll see its not so bad. I replaced them both in about 15-20min. There is a great supportive online community www.yarisworld.com for all your questions and service needs. They also share photos of their cars, so you can get ideas of what you can do to make your car unique. They do have the takata airbag recall, but Toyota will replace them for completely free. If you want more power. Look at the scion xd. It has 128hp and can be turbo charged. Where the yaris can't be modified for more power easily. It can be done, but is difficult. Enjoy your ride.
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