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The 2011 Toyota Yaris only feels at home in the city, where it feels frisky and turns on a dime.
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the 106-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder must work hard for the Yaris to keep up with traffic
Car and Driver

Toyota's four-speed shifts smoother, however, and its widely-spaced gear ratios don't make you call for another overdrive
Boston Globe

Quick and light steering makes parking a snap.

There is no snappy throttle or peppy attitude, just confident, low-intensity cruising.
MSN Autos

While the 106-horsepower output from the sole 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the Yaris might seem low, it turns out to be perfectly adequate for all but a full load in this lightweight (2,300 pounds, or a bit more) small car. The engine works quite well with the five-speed manual gearbox, which has a light, easy clutch and decent linkage, or with the four-speed automatic, though it's a bit louder with the automatic.

With the manual especially, the Yaris can be quite enjoyable to drive at low city speeds, but it's simply not as frisky as a MINI Cooper or Honda Fit, because of a suspension that's clearly tuned for ride, not handling. While the steering is nicely weighted, the Yaris leans and feels overwhelmed on tight, curvy roads.


The 2011 Toyota Yaris only feels at home in the city, where it feels frisky and turns on a dime.

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