2012 Toyota Yaris LE

The Good The Toyota Yaris LE's six-speaker audio system features HD Radio, MP3 playback, iPod compatibility, and Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming. Excellent visibility and a small footprint make the spacious Yaris a great city car.

The Bad Fuel economy isn't close to the best in class. Issues with Bluetooth audio streaming render the system nearly unusable. USB and auxiliary inputs are poorly placed.

The Bottom Line The 2012 Toyota Yaris is a good car for urban drivers looking for basic, reliable transportation. However, those looking for performance or tech should consider shopping around.

Editors' Rating
  • Cabin tech 6.0
  • Performance tech 6.0
  • Design 6.0
6.0 Overall

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Review

2012 Toyota Yaris LE


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2012 Toyota Yaris LE

It's blue. It's small. It's unassuming. It travels through time and space (technically) and I could swear that it's bigger inside than it is on the outside. And while it may not be the ride of choice for my favorite Time Lord, I kept finding myself accidentally calling the diminutive hatchback the Toyota TARDIS instead of its proper name, the 2012 Toyota Yaris LE. I'm nerdy like that.

But aside from its spaciousness, not much has changed for the new Yaris. It's not more powerful than it used to be. The new stereo system is an improvement, but it's not what I'd call perfect. The new 2012 styling is a bit less anonymous than the last generation's, but that's akin to saying that your new girlfriend looks slightly more interesting than a tea kettle. It's not really a compliment, is it?

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $17,200
  • Brand Toyota
  • Trim levels SE
  • Available Engine Gas
  • Body style Hatchback
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