...Safety: As you might expect given its entry-level price tag, popular safety features like antilock brakes, front seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags are optional on the Yaris. In government crash testing, the 2008 Toyota Yaris sedan earned four stars out of five for front occupant protection during frontal impacts. In side impacts without the optional airbag package, it received a middle-of-the-road three-star rating for front and rear occupants. The liftback model outperformed the sedan in frontal impact testing by scoring a perfect five stars for driver protection. In...
...The 2008 Toyota Yaris delivers outstanding fuel economy wrapped in a stylish, roomy package.
...41.3/35.4 53.6/52.8 51.4/52.7 90.7 2007 Honda Fit Hatchback 40.6/38.6 41.9/33.7 52.8/50.6 51.2/51.0 90.1 2006 Hyundai Accent 39.6/37.8 42.8/34.3 53.5/53.1 50.6/49.6 92.2 2007 Nissan Versa Hatchback 40.6/38.3 41.4/38.0 53.5/50.7 na 94.4 *All models are sedans unless otherwise noted na = not available Source: Manufacturer data Safety The Yaris hasn't been crash tested, but as far as the safety features go, dual-stage front airbags are standard . In fact, they are required in all new models. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are available with side curtain airbags in a $650 option...
...The front suspension uses MacPherson struts, while a torsion beam setup is installed in back. Toyota calls the new Yaris S hatchback model "sport-themed"; it includes body-colored front and rear spoilers. Interior The Yaris has a center-mounted instrument cluster. Three climate-control knobs are positioned vertically in the center control panel below the stereo, lending to the interior's interesting appearance. A 60/40-split rear seat that can recline, slide fore and aft, and fold flat is optional in hatchback models. A stereo with MP3 playback capability and a mini-jack input, as well as...
...It's always the tall clown with the stilts that gets the most laughs as he struggles out of the backseat, right? Cargo space is also a struggle in the Yaris. While the hatchback is easy to lift, it's a bit low when open - tall folks had better watch their heads. In the cargo area, a built-in cover keeps items out of view and out of the sun, but you have to remove the cover to fold the seats down. I folded the seats down a lot since the cargo space isn't exactly cavernous. Actually, I had to go grocery shopping without the kids (which I prefer, anyway, whenever possible) so that I could fold...
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