Nostalgic Four-Speed hurts fuel economy
After a 300-mile road trip and a week full of city driving, the Yaris averaged 28 mpg, falling short of the epa’s rating of 30 city/35 highway estimate. The obvious answer to this lack of mpg is replacing the four-speed automatic transmission, which is well behind most of its competitor’s six-speed units.
Opting for the five-speed manual transmission in the Yaris improves highway efficiency by three mpg, so adding yet another cog would no doubt drive that number even higher, likely pushing the Yaris to the coveted 40 mpg level.
A great commuter car needs great fuel mileage, and the Yaris doesn’t quite deliver, making the mundane looks and power unjustifiable.