Fuel-efficiency and sticker price are still among the major reasons why shoppers will look at the 2012 Toyota Yaris, and it's still very appealing on both counts.
Whether you get the four-speed automatic or the five-speed manual, the 2012 Yaris is rated at 30 mpg in city driving; but its aerodynamics (and likely the lack of more gears for the automatic) keep it from returning the 40 mpg or higher ratings that other subcompacts like the Hyundai Accent now get.
We've had no problem matching the Yaris' mileage in the city. In our latest test of the 2012 Yaris, we averaged 30 mpg over nearly all city stop-and-go and short trips. But over an additional, pretty level 10-mile stretch at 70 mph, we could only average 35, though—a number we match in many larger compact sedans. To sum, the Yaris is a great city car, not a highway hauler.