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58, 52, & 72mpg? First off, they won't bring the deisel to the states. Second, I'll believe those number when I see them with 0-60 < 10 seconds...
 

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First Drive: 2012 Toyota Yaris
Is the Yaris sportier?
For the most part, no, although Toyota has tried to instill a more driver-oriented feel. First up was the elimination of the center-mounted gauge pod. Now placed right in front of the driver, the instrument panel is based around a large circular speedometer and comes in two flavors: orange-lit white numerals on graphite-colored dials on the L and LE levels, or red numerals on silver dials with a tachometer for the SE.

An important part of trying to move the bar above that of basic transportation was the addition of the top-line SE trim. Similar to what is seen on the larger Corolla and Camry models, the SE adds more aggressive front and rear fascias, a dark gray interior, revised suspension and steering, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, and rear disc brakes. The additional kit, however, does little to improve the ride and handling compared with the lesser trim levels, and no matter the setup, the electric power-assisted steering feels disconnected from the wheels and artificially overboosted.

The engine is a carryover -- the 1.5-liter four-cylinder produces the same 106 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque as it did in the previous Yaris. Also carrying over to the 2012 model year are the four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmission offerings. As before, the 1.5-liter frequently feels overwhelmed under any kind of acceleration. Toyota says that it opted to continue using the four-speed automatic in order to help increase driving feel; the automaker claims that the five- and six-speed automatic transmissions used by its competitors have to kick down one or two gears during highway passing, dropping fuel economy and making for an uncomfortable driving feel. However, we found that the Yaris also needed to kick down a ratio or two when any kind of incline was present or when a passing maneuver was called for. We recommend the manual transmission, where the driver is fully in charge of gear selection.

Estimated fuel economy for the manual-equipped Yaris is up a single mile per gallon in the city and two on the highway, to 30/38 mpg. The automatic Yaris gains 1 mpg in the city and is rated at 30/35 mpg. These figures still fall just shy of the magical 40 mpg that most manufacturers have been earmarking for compact fuel efficiency, however.

How much does it cost?
A base Yaris L with a manual transmission starts at $14,875 (including destination). Stepping up to the mid-level LE three-door will cost $16,385 (available only with an automatic), while the five-door-only SE begins at $17,180. The new model will arrive at dealerships this October.


2012 Toyota Yaris - First Drive Review
Yep, it’s a car. There’s not much else to say.

It is worth noting the superior driving feel of the SE compared to the softer L and LE. With its somewhat quicker steering ratio, 16-inch aluminum wheels (one inch larger than L/LE steel wheels), stickier 195/50 tires (V rated!) and sport-tuned suspension, the SE has far sharper turn-in and better body control. Throttle response is snappier, too, and the upgraded brakes (discs at all four corners versus the front-disc/rear-drum setup on other trim levels) have real bite. The tradeoff comes in the form of a ride that is not only harsh and bumpy, but—thanks to modest insulation—loud, too. Interestingly, there is also a huge compromise in turning circle: the wider tires’ range of motion was clipped, yielding a low 2.3 turns lock-to-lock (versus 3.0 on the L/LE rack) but a massive 36.7-foot turning circle—six feet more than the other Yarises and more than six inches wider than that of a Camry.


First Drive: 2012 Toyota Yaris U.S. Spec
Does it Have What the Boys Like?

In the city, the Yaris proves to be an agreeable companion, darting around construction and obstacles with little protest. The low-effort electric steering cuts fuel consumption by 2 percent over a conventional hydraulic setup, but the steering you want is on the SE. The tuning profile is firmer and there's more feedback. Be forewarned: The quicker action compromises the turning circle (36.7 feet on the SE vs. 30.8 on base L and volume-seller LE). In addition to the more direct steering, the SE receives 16-inch alloy wheels with lower-profile rubber, 20-percent stiffer front springs, upsized front rotors, and rear disc brakes to replace the factory drums.

Production of the "new" Yaris begins August 31, with sales expected to begin in early October. The monthly sales target is a modest 2000 units, paling in comparison to a Camry, Corolla, or even a Nissan Versa, but close to where the present Yaris has been trending this year. It remains to be seen if the masculine changes are what the boys looking for a new small car have in mind.


Driven: 2012 Toyota Yaris - First Drive
Toyota maximizes space (and sporting appeal) with its smallest offering.


The 1.5-liter 1NZ-FE inline-4 with Toyota’s variable valve timing (VVT-i) remains unchanged, producing an acceptable 106 bhp at 6000 with 103 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard on the base L and top SE trims (it’s not available on the high-volume LE middle model), or with an optional 4-speed automatic. For all you proponents of self-stirred gearboxes, rejoice in knowing that your Yaris gets an additional 2 mpg on the highway (EPA 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway), but all 2012 Yarises do see an increase over the old 29 city/ 36 highway economy figure.

We’d be lying if we said that the word “sport” came to mind while charging down the streets of Los Angeles…even while driving the 5-speed manual SE model (which features 20-percent stiffer front springs, sportier dampers, bigger 16-in. wheels, quicker steering and a brake upgrade). But we will admit that being behind the wheel of this new Yaris is dramatically more driver-centric than the outgoing model.


First Drive > 2012 Toyota Yaris
Satisfactory Subway Substitution

"Yaris. It's a Car," is the line being used by Toyota in promotions for this car. The audience values new phones and tablets over this form of conveyance, so they need to be told what the Yaris is like defining a smart phone to an octogenarian: "Droid. It's a phone." The line encapsulates the inherent dullness of this subcompact. Simultaneously, it pitch-perfectly positions the Yaris for its intended prospects.

Sadly, many who hold licenses no longer view "the drive" as one of life's everyday adventures. A car is simply a substitute for a subway ride – or a shuttle from a parent – and an interminable duration when they lose the ability to text. The 2012 Toyota Yaris won't change this.


2012 Toyota Yaris, Flash Drive Car Review
What is it like to drive?

Toyota said that the upper-end SE model was specially designed by chief engineer Hiro Yamamoto to be “sporty and dynamic,” so we grabbed one of those first, with a five-speed manual. The drive route was a short one through Los Angeles suburbs, so it wasn't like we took it on a road course or a twisting mountain two-lane. Sporty? Just about all small cars are inherently sporty, and this one didn't seem unsporty. Maybe a Honda Fit is more fun to drive, but this one was playful enough that you wouldn't be afraid to throw it around when the feeling struck you.

Clutch takeup and engagement was easy to master and the engine revved happily to its 6,000 rpm 106-hp peak. Redline is at 6,500 rpm. The 103 lb-ft of torque felt as if it was available across a wide band, peaking at 4,200 rpm. The SE model gets 16-inch alloys with 195/50R-16 tires, better than the entry-level L and LE models, which get 175/65R-15s on 15-inch steel wheels. The SE gets 20 percent stiffer front springs, faster electric-power-steering ratio (2.3 turns lock-to-lock instead of 3.0) and four-wheel discs. It also gets unique bumper fascias, chrome exhaust tips and a few other distinctions. But when we tried out an entry-level model with crank windows and all, it felt just about as sporty as the sporty SE. The L, LE and SE models all ride on MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam behind. Maybe a slalom course would have shown up the distinction between the two.

All in all it wasn't bad, it was fun, and if you are in this demographic, you could do a lot worse than this stylish-looking Yaris. It looks better than a Fit, a Nissan Versa and Ford Fiesta, we'd say.


The reviews are in.
 

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Well, it IS looking more and more like a Matrix...
 

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First Test: 2012 Toyota Yaris SE
Runt Buffs Up

Well, that was unexpected. We're peering at the freshly generated spec chart for the 2012 Toyota Yaris before us, and our eyes slither down to the 0-60 mph box, the omniscient measure of acceleration. The updated Yaris hits the 60-mph mark in 9.1 seconds -- with the carryover 1.5-liter four-cylinder and five-speed manual transmission.

Allow us to clarify. The 2012 Yaris SE, the most eye-catching add-on to the burgeoning B-sized Yaris litter, is offered solely as a five-door hatchback. The newest Toyota runt distinguishes itself from the pack with firmer steering, front springs that are 20-percent stiffer than stock, and front brake disc rotors that are 0.8-inch larger than its other refreshed Yaris brethren. It also gets rear discs. The Yaris SE looks more energetic, thanks to its touched-up sheetmetal and overhauled interior, and the SE-specific 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 195/50-16 Bridgestone Turanza tires help the cause, too. Many of the globular Yaris hatches and sedans you see on the road today strut on 14-inch steelies.

But back to the acceleration. This is the first Yaris we've tested that didn't need more than 10 seconds to get to 60 mph (10.3 for a 2010 five-door with a four-speed automatic; other results aren't any better). Impressive, considering the 2010 version was just 44 pounds heavier than our 2012 SE's 2368-pound as-tested curb weight. After ruminating over the numbers, we'd presume the bigger wheel and wider rubber offers an advantageous footprint without the detriment of excessive rolling drag - too much tire in this segment means buzzy, diminutive powerplants like the Yaris' 1.5-liter four (supplying 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque) will find themselves overworked in a hurry. Let's not forget the manual model currently achieves 30/38 mpg city/highway on 87-octane, an improvement of 1 city and 2 highway mpg from last year as well. All signs point to a smartly selected wheel and tire package.

The enhanced dynamics add a bit more respectability to the subcompact crowd, and we'd imagine the refreshed Yaris will see a healthy bump in attention on dealer floors. If you're convinced a Yaris SE is the suitable car for you, it'll cost $17,160 - no small amount, but think of it as the price of tightening up in an already snug segment. For another $800, the four-speed automatic is yours to take home. But as far as we're concerned, the manual SE is the only Yaris you'll ever need to consider.
 

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Just tried to spec one of these out and if you're interested in a 3 door with a clutch here in the states you don't have very many options. You can't even upgrade to the 3 door LE unless you pick the auto, and even the 3 door LE (auto) doesn't have a lot of the options available the 5 door does...

A short list of yaris options not available if you want 3 doors and a clutch pedal:

sport suspension
Keyless entry
power windows
cruise control
6 speakers (or any of the upgraded audio stuff)
leather steering wheel/shift knob
allow wheels
fog lights
sport trimmed seats / 6 way adjustable drivers seat
60/40 split rear fold down seats

Major Toyota fail if you ask me.
 

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SEMA Preview: New Toyota Yaris Suits Up for Club Racing
The annual aftermarket extravaganza that is known as the SEMA Show will host the debut of Toyota Yaris B-Spec Club Racer that will compete in the SCCA B-spec class race category next year with Action Sports Star and BMX legend Jamie Bestwick behind the wheel.
Toyota said that Bestwick will try to qualify for and compete in the 2012 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, held at the Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wiscosnin.

Built by SportsCar Magazine, Toyota's new racer is based on the all-new, second generation 2012 Yaris hatchback and features a special livery that pays homage to the Japanese firm's 1998 LeMans pole-winning GT-One racecar.

TOYOTA YARIS CLUB B-SPEC CLUB RACER FEATURES

EXTERIOR

- Toyota Le Mans GT-One inspired graphics
- OMP tow hooks

INTERIOR

- Autopower Industries 8-point SCCA-spec roll cage
- Autopower window net
- OMP AFFF 2.8L fire system
- OMP HTE FIA race seat
- OMP 805 6-point FIA harness
- OMP WRC steering wheel
- RLC Racing Track Commander data acquisition system

TIRES/WHEELS

- Hoosier Racing Tire A6 P205/50ZR15
- Enkei RPF1 15x7

SUSPENSION

- Cusco Zero-3 Series Suspension kit
- Cusco Center Lock Pillowball Upper Mounts

BRAKES

- Pagid RS29 brake pads

POWERTRAIN

- Toyota 1NZ-FE 1.5 liter with VVT-i
- AEM Performance Electronics EMS Series 2
- Beta Motorsports cat-back exhaust
- Church Automotive Testing custom tune
- Joe Gibbs Driven XP1 Racing Oil
- Joe Gibbs Driven Super Speedway Gear oil
- K&N air filter
- K&N oil filter




 

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POWERTRAIN

- Toyota 1NZ-FE 1.5 liter with VVT-i
- AEM Performance Electronics EMS Series 2
- Beta Motorsports cat-back exhaust
- Church Automotive Testing custom tune
- Joe Gibbs Driven XP1 Racing Oil
- Joe Gibbs Driven Super Speedway Gear oil
- K&N air filter
- K&N oil filter
How much can they realistically coax out of the engine with those mods, I'm thinking it's not even going to see 100whp.
 

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid
New Toyota Yaris Hybrid is revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show launch in March

Toyota has redesigned its Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain to make it more compact to fit within the Yaris frame. It uses a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a redesigned electric motor and compact battery pack which is 20 per cent lighter than the system in the Auris. This system means the Yaris Hybrid produces 98bhp, and power gets to the front wheels via Toyota's e-CVT automatic gearbox.

The batteries are now small enough to fit under the rear seats, so unlike the Auris, the 286-litre boot in the Yaris Hybrid is the same as that found in conventional petrol and diesel versions.

Toyota has yet to confirm emissions or economy figures, or even how far you can drive the Yaris Hybrid in electric-only mode, but you can expect CO2 figures which are among the best in the supermini class.

We'll have more details on the Yaris Hybrid closer to its launch in March, although Toyota has confirmed that it will go on sale in the UK in the summer.
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Looks real good inside and out. It has the same powertrain as the Prius C, we probably won't get it in The States.

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GRMN Vitz Turbo Concept
The Vitz Turbo Concept is based on the three-door Yaris and comes with a raft of performance upgrades that may become available to the public in the very near future.

The highlight of the tune is of course the modified 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that gains a turbocharger to deliver an output of 180PS (178bhp) and a peak torque of 220Nm (162.3 lb-ft). Power continues to be transferred to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.

To improve handling, Gazoo Racing added a new lowered sports suspension and a high-performance braking system while the supermini now rides on 18-inch wheels shod in low profile tires.


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Anyone know any good Yaris Forums.....I know the one called Yarisworld.....any other?

I just got me a 2008 5HB LE with 18 000km.....the old lady needed a newer car! The car is brand new....fvcken unbelievable!
Congrats! That's the only Yaris forum I know of, too.

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I like this more than its Prius C twin.
 
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