Shopping for a new Toyota Yaris?
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FEATURES | 5 out of 10
“Plenty of small-item storage throughout”
“The audio system has an auxiliary input”
“the front cupholders need some work”
Reviewers are mostly lukewarm about the features inside the 2008 Toyota Yaris Liftback, but several point out that air conditioning is standard, even though it’s one of the lowest-priced cars on the market.
“Driver and passenger cupholders cleverly fold out of the dashboard,” says Autoblog, also noting “storage cubbies on either side of the center stack, as well as two covered bins in the top of the dashboard and a conventional glovebox on the passenger side”—an arrangement made possible by the central gauge setup.
“The Yaris S features four cupholders, one of which is in the exclusive fold-down rear center armrest,” says Autobytel, who don’t have kind words about the front-most cup holders directly facing the vents. “Not only are they awkwardly placed, but they make it hard to keep the morning coffee hot while blasting the a/c on a 100-degree day, or keeping a soft drink cool while warming the interior or a frigid winter’s morn.”
Most reviewers note that as soon as you start piling options on the Yaris, it no longer looks like as much of a value, and there may be better options. Base price is “a distant memory if you check every box on the order sheet,” says Autobytel, and ConsumerGuide points out that with some options, the prices “climb to the level of larger, more powerful cars that come with safety and convenience features that cost extra on the Yaris.”
Autobytel notes the lack of steering-wheel audio controls, even on the optional system, and Autoblog remarks, “The audio system has an auxiliary input, as well as the de rigeur CD slot, though we did miss cruise control.” The feature is on neither the Yaris Liftback’s standard nor optional equipment lists.
You won’t find some of the most-wanted technology features such as Bluetooth audio or satellite radio on the Yaris, note the editors at TheCarConnection.com; if it’s a long list of features you want, you might consider a slightly more upmarket model with additional standard equipment.
The 2008 Toyota Yaris has plenty of useful storage cubbies, but it lacks many of the useful comfort and technologies you might be seeking.