2011 Toyota Yaris Performance

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Performance
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.

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