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2012 Toyota YarisToyota's gateway drug covers the basics with few frills to spare.
Well, I'll tell you this. Everything on this trailer has one important characteristic in common. They're just fine when you got real essential basics to get covered. Let's go for a run in the 2012 Toyota Yaris SCENE. Check the tech. Now, the Yaris is like the Nissan Versa. It recently got a doze of organic re-design shape. It looks like a ball of puddle that we shoved in a late text glove. I'm not a big fan of that school. I would like to keep cars to look simple and kinda handsome. But so be it. The Yaris is available in 3 trim levels and 2 body styles. There's an L trim level, mostly suitable for like messengers and be. will carry blood supplies around, real basic stuff then you've got the LE and the SE which is this quarter's special edition as what we've got here. And you can get a Yaris in 3 or 5 doors. Well well, here we are in the Yaris. Now, the thing that really an expensive car is tend to do and also not do real well is try too hard inside to look like something that isn't plain. That usually goes bad on a budget but they keep doing it. Here is an after-market looking head unit. It's actually very Sion style but this is the upgraded unit because we're in SE. If you get an L, you get a real basic head unit with just 4 speakers. We have 6 speakers and a little nicer rig that brings us an optical flat right here for disks and an FM radio of course, satellite radio's available. Notice, we have Oxen USB. We'll get to those in a moment. HD radio also is interesting on a card this popular and low cost that makes the radio folks very happy. I'm still not sure a lot of consumers know what that is or care. Now by the way, the HD radio in the Blue 2 streaming are part of this upper grade head unit. The base unit wouldn't have those. And finally, here is some Bluetooth hands-free calling button which is also integrated into this unit. Now I mentioned Oxen USB are interesting. I'll give you a little time to find them. Take a minute. Take an hour. Take next quarter. You still won't find them. They're in here, up and under, way down there, up in the North 40. But even better than that, you'll find this in the glove box of your Yaris from a surplus sale at a close state hospital for the mentally insane, I'm pretty sure. This is what she used to strap people down during violent encounters with the attendant. No, it's not that is it? What the hell is it? It's a tire tie down belt. Apparently, when you get off flat, you stow it behind the back seat and carry it around like some kind of odd family heirloom. I don't get that. What you will find that truly is from the Soviet air up is this gear box. That's a 4 speed automatic, kids. You have never seen that before if you're under 30. What that means is it has 4 forward gears. That's all. Not even one for every fingers, such things do exist but they typically haven't since the mid 80's. Do us a favor and get this guy with the 5 speed manual. Well well, there it is. 1-1/2 liters of 4 cylinder, sitting side saddle, nothing too fancy about it except variable valid timing but what doesn't these days? But this little basic engine does the basics well. 106 (where there?), 100-3/4 pounds of (Tork?) mode. Yes, but the car only weighs, what? 2400 pounds or so. It gets up to 60 in a little over 9 seconds. That's actually kind of notable for a car at this price point to be sub 10 seconds 0.60. It's a good benchmark. MPG on this guy is 30-38, almost as the volume of 40 clubs. And that's where the manual gear box is and we don't have. If you go with that Soviet automatic, we do have yeah, those 3 MPG on the highway. That's substantial. Okay. Let's roll over in the yarns. See, it does what little cars often tend to do. The power comes on willingly. You can tell immediately with our coming on forcible. There's a difference. So about that transmission, it's only got 3 plus 1 gears to work with, right? But you had think it's shifting a lot more gears because it's always shifting but that's because the gear jumps are very present because it makes big jumps or drops between clogs, you really notice them more. And there are big events. That's really where this cover transmission is going to be bothering you is you'll be in the wrong gear a lot more often and the car has to correct that a lot more often. So in all, this is pleasant little high riding, springy, light input transportation. Think about it. All of those things are basically everyday pleasant on a day to day driving basis. That's why this car sells so well. Okay. A Yaris is a keep club and (on the keep?) means you could buy. It's nearly 15 base for an L with definition rolled in. You can add another 3 grand almost to go SC with all the nice twist in the tech that we saw on our car and of course, the choice between 3 and 5 doors as well as that 4 speed automatic and a 5 manual are key things to test out in person