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10. Toyota Yaris 3-Door: $14,115
You can sound polite and say “inexpensive” but if you’re strapped for cash, the most important question when shopping for a new car is: what’s the cheapest car on the market? AutoGuide has got the answer, along with the nine runners up.
Toyota‘s warmed-over Yaris makes the 10th spot on our list with a base price of $14,115 for the 3-door model. The pricier 5-door will run you $15,150.
Using a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder like many of its counterparts the Yaris makes 106-hp and is rated at 38-mpg on the highway making it one of the most efficient models in its class, but not the most efficient. Growing three inches overall, Toyota claims the new car has 68 percent more cargo room than the outgoing model, which it shares a near-identical resemblance with. Standard on all models is air conditioning, nine airbags and power windows.
In a seemingly unprecedented move, Toyota has released pricing on the all-new 2012 Yaris… before they’ve even revealed the car.
Expected to look nearly identical to the Euro-market model (above), the Yaris will start at $14,115 for the base model 3-door version, while 5-door models will start from $15,140. A 5-door SE model will get a sport-tuned suspension and start from $16,400 for the manual transmission and $17,200 for the automatic.
As for what those transmission are, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise. While most automakers have pushed on to 6-speeds, Toyota will continue to offer the Yaris with not a 5-speed, but a 4-speed automatic. The manual will also continue on as a 5-speed unit.
Toyota does, however, say the 2012 Yaris will gain roughly $1,000 worth of standard equipment compares to the 2011 model.
An on-sale date has not yet been listed, but the 2012 Yaris will go into production on August 31st.
Toyota’s new Yaris is built on the strengths the Yaris has become known for including its durability, versatility, efficient engines and easy to drive nature. Toyota has now taken these key aspects into the new model and gone further to offer a sharper, more agile, more contemporary looking vehicle.
The Yaris will also appeal both to technology-focused customers and drivers who value quality, practicality and price when considering a new car.
The Touch audio system includes touchscreen controls, provides Bluetooth, a USB port and a rear parking camera. The Toyota Touch and Go system is also available providing full map satellite navigation and has a range of connected information services that can be accessed and downloaded through a dedicated customer portal.
Engines include a 1.0 and 1.33-liter gas engine as well as a 1.4-liter turbodiesel engine. The three cylinder 1.0-liter engine is coupled to a five speed manual transmission generating 68-hp at 6,000 rpm. Fuel consumption has been improved to 58.9 mpg. The 1.3-liter produces 98-hp and achieves 56.5 mpg. The 1.4-liter diesel engine is matched to a six speed manual transmission, producing 89-hp at 3,800 rpm and 205 lb-ft of torque. This engine achieves 72.4 mpg. However these engines are almost certainly for world markets only, and the U.S. will definitely see some beefier engine choices.
Gallery: Toyota Yaris
Toyota is expected to debut an all-new Yaris later this year with the hopes of climbing back to the top of the sub-compact sales charts. To do that, the Japanese automaker will need to offer plenty, with current rivals delivering style, high-tech options and plenty of interior space at a reasonable price.
We can’t confirm much about the new Yaris, although it is roughly 4-inches longer than the predecessor with half that space coming between the wheels to improve rear seat legroom. Drivers will also notice a big change with the gauge cluster moving from the terrible (and terrible looking) central position, to a more ideal location immediately above the steering wheel.
While we wouldn’t expect to see a new Yaris out testing on the Nurburgring, we were surprise to snap these photos just outside Toronto – a short drive from the company’s Canada headquarters.
GALLERY: 2012 Toyota Yaris Spy Photos
If little changes from some of the Yaris models we’ve seen unveiled in other countries it should significantly resemble the Euro-spec model. See a pic of that car after the jump:
It’s not even for sale in North America yet, but over in Japan they’re already hard at work modifying the all-new Toyota Vitz – sold here as the Yaris.
A marked improvement on the current model in the style department, the G Sports team at Gazoo Racing have customized this little hatch with a selection of accessories including a complete aero kit. Of note is an aggressive race-inspired rear diffuser, as well as a subtle roof spoiler. As expected, there’s a lowered suspension, plus a set of 18-inch light weight wheels for this sub-compact.
Toyota isn’t one for building driver’s cars, but the G Sports line is helping give enthusiasts a reason to buy Toyota products – or at least they are in Japan. However, as it stands, this package is still just a concept.
GALLERY: G Sports Concept Vitz
Toyota has officially taken the wraps off its new Japanese Vitz model, sold here as the Yaris. That might not at first be obvious, as the sub-compact has received quite the makeover, with an edgier design. It might not get your heart racing, but it won’t send you into a coma where you’ll dream about jellybeans (like the last car did) either.
Perhaps most notable, however, is the interior, which no longer features the ergonomically nightmarish centrally located gauges. (Hooray!)
The new model will be available in Japan with a range of small 4-cylinder engines. The largest is a 1.5-liter which is expected to be offered here, although it is possible that Toyota could deliver a Yaris with the new 1.3-liter 4-cylinder that will arrive in the upcoming Scion iQ.
There’s no indication from Toyota on when it will show the new Vitz/Yaris in North America, but it should go on sale late next year.
GALLERY: 2012 Toyota Vitz/Yaris
Official release after the jump:
The Toyota Yaris is an excellent point A to point B vehicle, with excellent fuel economy and an attractive price. Plus, it’s a Toyota, so it’s reliable. That being said, the reasons to consider buying a Yaris have never included its looks.
Toyota appears to be ready to change that, with new photos from a leaked brochure revealing the design of the all-new Japanese Vitz – which is badged as the Yaris here. A few days ago we brought you initial pics of the car, but now we have it from more angles and with more details. We’ve even surprised to see a center-exit dual exhaust. But wait, that’s a kitted-up version with the regular Vitz looking pretty mundane – like a smaller Matrix.
In terms of functionality, however, the Yaris will gain size. (The bodywork may change when it arrives in North America, but the overall shape isn’t about to). In total, the 2012 Yaris grows by 100mm end to end, with half of that between the wheelbase for improved interior room. The car will also be 20mm shorter overall, likely helping lower the center of gravity and improve handling.
Toyota is expected to deliver a concept version of the upcoming 2012 Yaris in the coming months.
GALLERY: 2012 Toyota Yaris
Thanks to a few scans of an internal Toyota dealer brochure, we have our first look at what the 2012 Yaris will look like.
Toyota is planning a new Yaris model in a bid to keep up with the likes of the Honda Fit and an onslaught of new subcompact products from Chevy, Ford and Mazda. The Japanese auto giant is even expected to deliver a concept version of the car at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January.
Technically, the photo shows the Vitz, which is the name given to the Yaris in Japan. This could mean we’ll see some different
Generally, we’re loving the aggressive front end, with the Prius inspired hood and just hope the production model looks as much like this as possible.
With Toyota‘s sub-compact Yaris having been on the market for what feels like forever, a new model is due out soon. Reports indicate that a concept for the next-gen Yaris will debut at the Detroit Auto Show this January, giving us a better look at the style and size of the new model, which is expected to grow somewhat.
In addition, Toyota is believed to be working on a hybrid powertrain for the Yaris, using either a 1.3-liter or 1.0-liter 4-cylinder. This model is in direct response to the Fit/Jazz hybrid that Honda is planning, although AutoCar reports that Toyota isn’t looking to bring a hybrid Yaris to market in the U.S.
While strange, considering Toyota’s ambitious plan to increase its hybrid portfolio and sales, the decision does make sense. Toyota’s hybrid technology is quite expensive and simply wouldn’t make for an affordable package in the Yaris. Instead, we expect Toyota to follow through with the FT-CH Concept as a baby Prius for the North American market.