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LOW-COST YARIS IS NIMBLE, USEFUL AND A GAS SAVER

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
First off, we are aware that the three- or five-door lift back will not fulfill the needs of all drivers and their families as far as space is concerned. But if you are looking to eke out over-30 mpg in city/highway driving, this subcompact is well worth a test drive.
A sole 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine develops just 106 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 103 pounds-feet of torque @ 4200 rpm for a pleasant and comfortable drive. Available as a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed auto transmission, the Japanese carmaker entry-level car is stylish, cool and safe.
Projector-beam headlights with LED daytime running lights and integrated fog lamps flank a black front grille with piano black accents. Offered as the basic L, LE and the sporty SE, the Yaris gets a standard a/c, cruise control, 6.1-inch audio touch screen, 60/40 rear seat, leather steering wheel and shifter, power door locks and windows, and six-way adjustable driver and power-way front-passenger seats. The only comfort we found lacking was a driver armrest.
Kudos to the carmaker for packing the affordable vehicle with standard safety features such as dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, driver knee airbag, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, smart-stop technology, remote keyless entry, side-impact door beams and tire pressure monitoring system.
The agile, roomy, good-looking and practical Yaris gets the job done reasonably well. And assures you of tremendous savings at the pump (EPA estimates of 30 mpg city and 36 highway). What more can one ask for in a ride that is priced at just $17,670?

YARIS (SE)
Tires: P195/50R16
Wheelbase: 98.8 inches
Length: 155.5 inches
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; torsion beam rear
Steering: electric power rack and pinion
Fuel capacity: 11.1 gallons
Web site: www.toyota.com

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