A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota Yaris

Schedule Pre-purchase Car Inspection
Service Area

$99.00

Upfront, Transparent Price
Average rating from 4,365 customers who received a Pre-purchase Car Inspection.

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


Next Step

Schedule Pre-purchase Car Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Pre-purchase Car Inspection. Yourmechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7 days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 10k cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Pre-purchase Car Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Pre-purchase Car Inspection Service

Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,365

Rating Summary
4,059
168
34
34
70
4,059
168
34
34
70

Damian

10 years of experience
416 reviews
Damian
10 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Merritt Island, Florida
On time and found this car to be a very good buy. Suggested that I have a front end brake job, and the dealer is doing that for me as part of the deal. I am very pleased with the inspection Damian has provided and will call again in the future.
Toyota Corolla - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Melbourne, Florida
Honest and personable, and knowledgeable. Good experience having Damian look over a vehicle I am considering.

Willie

23 years of experience
25 reviews
Willie
23 years of experience
Dodge Avenger - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Long Beach, California
Willie is a hard and reliable worker. Fixed the problem. 3rd experience with him I think. Very satisfied
Kia Spectra - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - South Gate, California
Thanks Willie, for your professional and personal service with this inspection and following up with me by phone! I really appreciate your efforts. You found things that I did not find when I test drove the car and as a result, I decided NOT to buy that car. I informed the dealership contact that I had regarding why I did not buy that car and gave them feedback on improving their own service for the future. I feel the money for the inspection was well spent as I could have made a big mistake and might have bought that car. Thanks to you, I avoided that potential problem. I have since gotten another car and feel good about. You helped me a lot and I thank you again! It is not fun to have one's own car totalled through no fault of your own and HAVE to buy a used car to replace in a short time, like I had to do. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you! ....Roseann

Benji

21 years of experience
94 reviews
Benji
21 years of experience
Ford Thunderbird - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Phoenix, Arizona
This is the second time this week that Benji has inspected a car for me before purchase. His reports are clear and thorough, saving me a lot of money from buying a lemon. He is dependable and honest. Even after the inspections, I kept contacting him with question after question. He answers them all and even sends me additional information. I totally recommend him!
Ford Thunderbird - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Mesa, Arizona
Benji went through a flooding situation to inspect my car. His inspection was thorough and professional. I emailed him numerous times, and he answered each and every one of them. He even has a good sense of humor. Thanks to his hard work and thorough inspection, I was saved from buying a potential lemon. Thanks, Benji.

Attila

18 years of experience
490 reviews
Attila
18 years of experience
Subaru WRX - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Elmwood Park, New Jersey
It was once of the best experience I've had buying a car. I felt more confident then nervous and I would 100% recommend this
Volkswagen CC - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Little Ferry, New Jersey
Attila was absolutely amazing! Very knowledgeable and went over and beyond to give me clarity regarding a vehicle I am planning to purchase. He was very competent and did a thorough pre-purchase inspection for a VW CC. Excellent people-skills!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE