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2012 Toyota Yaris - Review


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The all-new 2012 Toyota Yaris at last yanks this subcompact model into the current decade, with sportier styling, a more conventional interior (no more central instruments!), and improved features. Its problem may be that it sits in the showroom next to the new Prius C hybrid hatchback, which is about the same size, has good room inside for people and cargo, and gets 50 mpg combined--versus the not-very-impressive 32 mpg figure for the automatic Yaris.

What does the Yaris have going for it against the Prius C? A more conventional gasoline powertrain--for those who still aren't convinced that hybrids will last--and a low price. The 2012 Yaris starts at just $14,115, or about $4,800 less than the newest and smallest Toyota hybrid. And we suspect that discounts will be readily available on the Yaris, whereas the smallest Prius is in high demand right now. It's also worth noting that Toyota's sister brand, Scion, offers the xD hatchback as well, which is about the same size but positioned...

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