The 2013 Toyota Yaris continues in its role of providing inoffensive, inexpensive travel with the promise of Toyota-style reliability--and the current model, the second year of a complete redesign, adds more appeal in the form of crisper styling and an improved interior.
The Yaris, however, loses out on the green kudos usually award to the Toyota range. The similarly-sized Toyota Prius C, rated at 50 mpg combined by the EPA, handily beats the Yaris, at just 32 or 33 mpg combined, depending on which transmission you specify.
Perhaps it's designed to appeal to a different sort of customer. There are hints of the larger Corolla and Camry to the styling, and while there's little to really catch the eye, it's not unattractive either. Sharp creases and chunky lines abound, giving the car a reassuring impression of solidity. That solidity is genuine, as well as implied: The stronger body structure and additional airbags have earned the Yaris excellent safety ratings--including the coveted...
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