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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota Yaris

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The 2012 Toyota Yaris is a stylish car that offers a three door sedan and five door hatchback model. It has high-tech communication and audio features to make for an entertaining ride. Combined with its reliability and resale, the Toyota Yaris is a direct competitor with the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, and the Mazda2.

Key Features

The Yaris comes with a 1.5 liter four cylinder engine that offers 106 hp at 6,000 rpm. The fuel economy is estimated at 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway for the manual transmission. The automatic transmission offers 30 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Other standard features on this vehicle include HD radio with six speakers, Bluetooth, six way adjustable driver’s seat, halogen headlights, and power windows and mirrors.

Changes for 2012

The 2012 Toyota Yaris got a complete makeover for this year with all new interior, a longer wheelbase, and new sheet metal.

What We Like

The Yaris provides a light feel while driving with responsive steering. Fuel economy is great on this car so it can go a long time between fill-ups. The Bluetooth is simple to use and can easily connect to devices so you can talk on the phone hands-free. The Yaris also has excellent safety features with nine airbags to protect both the front and back passengers.

What Concerns Us

While the Yaris drives well, it can feel sluggish when accelerated, especially when passing vehicles. The lack of power is somewhat disappointing when comparing it to its competitors like the Kia Rio and Honda Fit. If you are looking for a faster car, the Yaris may not be for you.

Available Models

The 2012 Toyota Yaris comes in the L, LE, and SE styles with manual and automatic transmissions as an option. The manual models get an estimated 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, where the automatic models get an estimated 30 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Major Recalls

The 2012 Toyota Yaris was recalled due to the roof headliner not providing occupants with proper protection in the case of a crash. The vehicle was also recalled due to a short circuit possibility in the relay. This can cause the power steering to shut off.

Common Issues

Common complaints for the Yaris include the speedometer not working, front seats uncomfortable, engine vibrating while idle, and the TPMS lights won’t turn off.

oyota Yaris 2012 Interior


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