Toyota Yaris is a widely appealing, smart looking hatchback. With many good features and an attractive interior and comfortable ride this car has the ability to appeal one and all. Yaris scores high on the affordability factor. The very economical Toyota Yaris is available in three sizes namely four door sedan, five door hatchback and three door hatchback. All the three cars come in one trim level called the base trim. The standard features of this trim are 14 inch steel wheels, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, four way adjusting front seats and intermittent windshield wipers. A few features are additionally offered in the sedan. They are tachometer, remote trunk release and height adjusting driver seat.
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The Convenience package of the base trim has got 15 inch wheels, 60/40 split rear seats, CD/MP3 player with satellite radio and rear window wiper. The Power package of the base trim includes all the features of the Convenience package plus keyless entry and full power accessories. The Sport package contains all the features of the Power package and some more features such as leather covered steering wheel and gear shift knob, iPod integration, stylized exterior and sport seats. In all the packages options for cruise control and fog lights is given. Toyota Yaris draws its power from a 1.5 litre inline 4 engine that develops 103 pound feet of torque and 106 horsepower. It has got a 5 speed manual transmission with an option of 4 speed automatic transmission. Yaris zooms from zero to sixty miles per hour in a lackster 10.7 seconds. This kind of pick up is very slow as compared to its contemporaries. One of its strongest USPs is its fuel economy.
As per EPA the fuel economy generated by this car is 29 mpg in the city and 36 on the highways with the manual transmission. With its automatic transmission the fuel economy generated is 29 in the city and 35 on the highways. The safety features included in the car are stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes and side curtain bags. In the frontal and side impact protection tests Yaris got four out of five stars. The three and the five door hatchback won five stars in the driver protection and four stars in the passenger protection. In the side impact tests too it won five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have Toyota Yaris an overall score of “Good” in side impact and frontal tests for all the passengers in the car including the driver. Toyota Yaris’s beautiful and comfortable interiors and its fuel economy give it an edge over the other cars in its segment making it a safe buy.