Five-Point Inspection: Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Five-Point Inspection: Toyota Yaris Hybrid

5. The Drive

Ok, so now you know how the Yaris works, how much it costs, the distance it can stretch a gallon of fuel and where it’s sold. But one question remains: How does it drive? Well, unfortunately this part isn’t pretty.

The car’s on-road dynamics are absolutely deplorable. The steering is incredibly loose and as a result the tiller transmits nothing to the driver about what the front tires are doing. In tight situations like an autocross course the car feels like’s it’s all over the road; body roll goes seemingly unchecked.

The company may have quantified the Yaris Hybrid’s zero-to-60 time but in reality the car feels much slower. Imagine nailing the accelerator at breakfast and only reaching a mile a minute by lunch, that’s kind of what it’s like.

Wrapping things up, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is an efficient and affordable car for economy-minded European drivers. Unfortunately its on-road demeanor is soppy at best, which totally ruins the overall experience. Frugality be damned, this car is no fun.

Discuss this story on our Toyota forum.

  • Shiratori90

    One of the most IMMATURE and CONDESCENDING car reviews that I have ever seen.

  • Rickers

    I think it would be better with a stick-shift. 😛

  • Shiratori90

    People like you need a stick shift in order to compensate for your other “stick” and to prove your manhood.

  • Jeff T

    Sub 100 hp too!

  • Rickers

    Thanks Sigmund


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