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2009 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

The Toyota Yaris ranks as one of the lowest-priced small cars for 2009, and has especially low running costs and a reputation for reliability. Fuel efficiency ranks among the best in the segment, and with its tight turning radius and good maneuverability the Yaris makes a very frugal city commuter. The new 5-door liftback body style offers up to 25.7 cubic-feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded down.

What's new for 2009?

Big news for 2009 is a five-door liftback, which joins the three-door liftback and four-door sedan.

Model Strengths

  • Excellent value
  • terrific fuel efficiency
  • compact dimensions with easy maneuverability.

Model Review

The 2009 Toyota Yaris small-car family consists of a four-door sedan, a three-door hatchback and a new five-door liftback. The sedan is nearly 19 inches longer than the hatches, and its wheelbase is several inches longer as well.

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Toyota built its reputation in the U.S. with small cars, starting with the original, diminutive Corolla in the 1960's as the first serious entry. Today's baby Toyota is the Yaris, and for 2009, you can get one as a five-door liftback for the first time.

Why is this significant? Well, there's been a three-door liftback available here-I tested it three years ago-but if you wanted more doors there was only the longer, lower four-door sedan. Even though Europeans could buy a five-door, we never got it.

Finally, you can have the cargo-carrying capacity of 25.7 cubic feet (with the rear seat folded) plus four-door convenience in one affordable Toyota.

Other changes for 2009 include standard anti-lock brakes, front seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear curtain side airbags. There are some exciting new colors, too, including Yellow Jolt and Blue Streak Metallic.

If you're going for that sweet combination of low price, high fuel economy, and compact proportions, a 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine is about right. My 1980 and 1991 Toyota Tercels each had one. Today's high-tech engines perform well, in this case delivering 106 horsepower and 103 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels, thanks in part to variable valve timing with intelligence, a Toyota specialty. My first Tercel, with carburetors, had just 60 horsepower.

Even with the standard four-speed automatic transmission, my little Carmine Red Metallic tester moved along peppily and never left me feeling bogged down at onramps or on uphill grades. The optional automatic features uphill/downhill shift logic to reduce annoying hunting for gears when driving on hills.

The EPA posted fuel economy is top level-29 City and 35 Highway, 31 combined. That's without the expense or complication of a hybrid powertrain. The EPA's Green Vehicle Guide numbers are high, as expected: 7 for Air Pollution and 8 for Greenhouse Gas scores, good for SmartWay status.

The 2,300-pound Yaris definitely has the feel of a tidy little European family car. The split rear seats slide and recline (as part of the Power Package), which is very handy-you can maximize passenger space or cargo capacity, as needed. Regular-sized people actually fit with no problem, thanks to a tall roofline-a full 3-1/2 inches taller than the sedan's.

Despite a blunt 150.6 inches to work with, the junior Toyota wears the same mid-first-decade styling as the latest Camry and Corolla-more dramatic and interesting than econoboxes of yore.

Outside, buglike cuteness is the theme, with wheels placed at the corners. They're stamped steel 14's with wheel covers, but you can upgrade to 15-inch alloys if you want to pay extra. The face features big eyes around a goatee-style grille with a little bump for the Toyota logo. Taillamps curve around the sides in a crescent, a little more interesting than they have to be.

Inside, the car's international aims are obvious with a central instrument panel, similar to a MINI Cooper, but simpler. This takes some adjustment, but the high-mounted information is easy to see at a glance, and drivers get their own glovebox! I used it to store my iPod, which I plugged into the auxiliary jack while traveling. Front passengers get two gloveboxes. There are also convenient side pockets on the console for little stuff like your Bluetooth or knickknacks.

Naturally, materials are modest in a car like this, but they are well fitted, with sober, dark-gray plastics brightened up by some silvery trim and a light gray strip that runs along each front door armrest and onto the windshield pillar. Modest cars have come a long way.

The Power Package in my tester ($1,580) added several items that buyers not seeking the absolutely lowest price might want. These include power locks, windows and mirrors, an audio system with AM/FM, CD and satellite radio capacity. You also get a rear window defroster and wiper, an upgrade to larger wheels and tires, and to top it off, an engine immobilizer to protect your now upgraded car.

Despite the abundance of gloveboxes, I found no coathook. The remote for the power locks didn't include a trunk release button. The optional center front armrest supplied extra storage capacity but felt flimsy. One oddity-two sets of power lock buttons-on the doors and between the front seats.

Prices for the five-door liftback start at just $13,305, plus $720 for delivery (these charges have been creeping up over the years). My tester, with options, came to $16,213.

Toyotas provide high quality, reliability, and familiarity, but the Yaris has plenty of competition, even from its Scion cousins. This model, popular with both kids and seniors, has even more to offer now in its new five-door flavor.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*
7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**
1-year of Roadside Assistance***
160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection
CARFAX® Vehicle History Report"****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History Reports" are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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