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7.0
/ 10
On Styling
BASE INVOICE
$13,551
BASE MSRP
$14,115
On Styling
The 2012 Toyota Yaris picks up some details from Scion and fades further into small-car anonymity on the outside, but its interior is refreshingly straightforward and stylish.
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It kind of looks like a sedan was squeezed lengthwise in a vise and the pressure popped the hood up and left two bulbous saddlebags in place of the rear quarters.
Car and Driver

With its heroic square jaw and lower stance (0.6 inch shorter than its predecessor), the 2012 Toyota Yaris speaks a design language that's more forceful than that of the previous generation
Edmunds

The styling is evolutionary; it still looks like the last-generation Yaris but with a more butch attitude.
Automobile Magazine

interior is fresh and modern, though its plastics don’t feel quite as nice as the ones in Hyundai’s new Accent
Popular Mechanics

you could do a lot worse than this stylish-looking Yaris
AutoWeek

For 2012, the Yaris Liftback (hatchback) gets a complete redesign, while the Yaris sedan is carried over for one more year before it gets some of the same changes and updates.

The 2012 Yaris Liftback seems to have inherited many of the very same cues that the Scion xD hatchback got a few years ago (Scion is Toyota's youth-oriented sub-brand). In front and in back, edgier air dams make the corners look a little more aggressive, and the dash gets more bins and practical goodness.

The has about the same stance as the outgoing model from the front or back, but from the side it looks longer and lower (it's slightly longer). We see a pretty heavy Subaru influence in the beltline, with the big door handles and the side crease leading into flared-out taillamps—as well as the rally-racer-ish, chunky rear fascia.

However, to our eyes, from some steps back, the new finished product just isn’t as charming as the previous model. On the outside, where the previous model has an outgoing, Euro-hip design that never seemed to look dated, that’s a bad thing.

Inside, where the instrument cluster was a centrally mounted oddity in the outgoing version, and controls and displays weren’t quite as straightforward as they could be, we welcome the changes. The 2012 Yaris' interior and IP are quite cheerful and well-designed. The dash has more of a horizontal, shelf-like orientation, and there are various bins built into the center tray as well as the doors and lower dash—plus a long tray at the bottom of the dash at the passenger side.

Conclusion

The 2012 Toyota Yaris picks up some details from Scion and fades further into small-car anonymity on the outside, but its interior is refreshingly straightforward and stylish.

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