The most recent car brought to me for review earlier this month was the 2017 Toyota Yaris. The model was the 4-door iA sedan in Pulse red paint. The interior of the car included black and gray fabric with sport front buckets and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat.
The odd name of this car is derived from the word Charis, the Greek goddess of elegance and beauty. And the German expression of affirmation, “ya” is tacked onto the front of the name. It could just as surely refer to the target market of this car, Young Adults. On balance, it is a suitable name, and the Toyota people probably don’t mind that the word looks like the cultural epicenter of Europe, that being Paris.
Ruth and I jumped into the Yaris and buzzed over through Loveland for a ride towards the Village Inn. Getting in the car wasn’t particularly difficult, and the highway manners were fine for a subcompact that had a wheelbase of 101.2″ and overall length of 171.7″ With the base price of $15,950.00, adding freight of $865.00 brought the M.S.R.P. to a reasonable $16,850.00, F.O.B. Denver. That last initialism stands for “freight on board,” or in street parlance, “where delivered to.” Standard equipment on the Yaris included 6-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive, real hand brake, electric power steering/windows/locks, color-keyed power mirrors with turn signals, cruise control, anti-lock braking system, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, CD/stereo with USB and aux. jack, tire pressure monitor, and tilt/telescope wheel. Trunk capacity is ample at 13.49 cubic feet. I was pleased with, and I received compliments on, the styling of the Yaris.
Yaris power is provided by a 1.5 liter, 4-cylinder, 106 hp engine with variable valve timing. Torque is 103 lb. ft., and acceleration is OK (zero to 60 in perhaps a touch under ten seconds.) Gas mileage ratings are 30 in town, 39 on the highway, and 34 combined. I observed a reading of 32.5 overall. The styling of the Yaris is fine, with attractive paint and 16″ ten-spoke silver alloy wheels fitted with 185/60R16 all-season radials.
On this day the eggs at the restaurant were a little runny, but the ride back was a pleasure and I was proud to be seen in the Yaris. I guess I looked a little old, but Ruth didn’t. Would I let one of our three daughters drive, buy, ride in, lease, or borrow a Yaris? You bet.