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Toyota Yaris Real-World MPG



  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    How accurate do you find the average mpg meter on the IP computer to be? I find mine to be about 1 point optimistic....

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • I don't know yet, but next time I fill up I'll check the MPG the old fashioned way - if it's like my '01 Corolla (what a great car!) the MPG should improve a little over time as the engine gets broken in - right now I have around 450 on the odometer, it had 90 miles on it the day I got it...then again, by me driving in 3rd gear the other night @50 mph the engine is probably already broken in!!! :-(

    One thing I've noticed too with the Yaris, the ride isn't as smooth as my '01 Corolla, so I checked the air pressure the other day in my tires and they were all around 37-39 psi, the recommended psi is 33 so that is probably why it was a little rough, I know the dealerships will over-inflate the tires a little because the new cars are sitting around on the lot and lose air pressure over time...

    Even though I've only had the car 2 weeks I am happy with it so far - I find the driver's seat to be very comfortable too.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    yes, the added air pressure is to prevent flat spots from developing, especially in cars shipped from over sees. However, the pressure is normally around 45. Yours was a bit lower, so it appears that the dealer at least let a little air out before parking it on the lot.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    I have an SE - I wanted an even firmer ride (and sharper handling) than the one you got. :-)

    And yes, I love the driver's seat, so much better than the one in the last-model Yaris. Toyota is finally, it seems, learning a thing or two about adequate lumbar support.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • You know I don't think I saw any SE's at the dealerships I went to - maybe they are on the way (?)
  • Checked the MPG last night after filling up (the regular way) on my new 2012 Yaris LE 3DR - I was pleasantly surprised to find that I got 34.5 mpg! This is about 90% city driving... the onboard mpg computer said it was 33.6 -

    Have 650 miles on the odometer -

    Needless to say I am happy with the MPG so far! :)
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    edited February 2012
    thanks for the post. Your model has now risen to the top of my list above the Fit. With gas prices climbing, the Fit's gas mileage just doesn't cut it. I sure wish Toyota had put a 6 speed tranny in the yaris to maximize on mileage; too bad. I am also interested in the Prius C, but know that it has a CVT, and lots of writers to include those at MotorWeek, are not fans of the CVT. I'm curious to see what you get on the hwy if you got 34 in/around town. My Corolla (Vibe) gets 30 in suburban driving, but drinks gas when I go 70-80 on the hwy. I only get 33 when I push it. Keep us up to date.
  • I'll keep you posted - the Fit is nice car - I sat in one last year - didn't drive it though - also sat in a Mazda2 and Ford Fiesta, but within 2 minutes of getting into the Yaris I knew it was the one for me - I recently read a review which hailed it as the best one yet -

    I saw where a couple of people said the onboard mpg computer was off (low) by a mpg or two so I was excited that my actual mpg was a tad higher than the computer's figure.

    I am loving my 2012 Yaris more & more each day! :)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    Every tank I fill up is in the 37-38 mpg range, which is kind of disappointing since I do a fair amount of highway driving in the Yaris as part of my commute, in addition to typical suburban driving. And my mpg gauge in the IP is always a point high - I have stopped looking at it now that the mileage has proven to be so consistent.

    Mine is the 5-speed, which I don't think has such a big advantage over the automatic as it used in this model. I am at 3000 miles on the odo, and at first the mileage seemed to slightly improve as the miles rolled by, but now I think it was just my imagination.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • hummel88hummel88 Posts: 1
    I normally get about ~40 mpg on average if I'm going 70-80mph on the highway.

    I can get ~45 mpg if I go ~50 mph on the highway by "hypermiling" although it sometimes pisses some people off.

    In the city/town I generally get about 37 to 39 depending on traffic. The speed there is generally 30 to 40 mph but with stops every now and then.
    Of course using mild hypermiling techniques.

    Simple things like learning how to time DFCO can make a big difference.
    Not speeding up to stop lights, not hitting the breaks a lot because of following too closely to cars in front among other things can really improve gas mileage.

    I haven't been in heavy city "stop and go" driving yet.

    Without hypermiling I would expect to get about what the sticker said.
  • Checked MPG today - according to the onboard MPG computer, 34.1 - checked it the regular way: 34.4 mpg - this is all city driving...

    A little over 900 miles on the odometer.

    So far so good, no regrets getting the Yaris!
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    slightly off topic, but I was struck today when I read the writeup from Consumer Reports for the April Car issue. the yaris is not recommended and they complained about the lack of compliant ride. Do you owners who have more than bettered the mpgs of the government mileage estimates, agree or disagree with the quality of the ride as stated in CR?
  • I got my Consumer Reports today - I don't agree with their assessment of the 2012 Yaris - the ride is not choppy or harsh IMO - it said the engine was noisy, I wouldn't consider it noisy, but I would agree that it is not as quiet as my '01 Corolla -

    I find the driver's seat to be very comfortable, visibility is good, gas mileage so far has exceeded my expectations - I love the tight turning circle and parking is a breeze - plus it looks good! Consumer Reports did give it their highest mark for owner cost.

    I'd recommend it!!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    The Camry's ride is smoother, no question about it. But it is also a whale of a car without any of the handling benefits that being small and light like the Yaris brings.

    So I wouldn't trade.

    I think ride quality is very subjective to describe, and there are "large car people" and "small car people". Large car people will think anything as small as the Yaris has a choppy ride.

    Thank goodness I am a small car person! :-P

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Checked the MPG today, per car's mpg computer: 34.4

    Per my calculator: 34.7

    This is 90% city driving...

    Very pleased with the 2012 Yaris LE - 1150 miles on odometer :)
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    thanks TF6. Those kind of posts are making the Yaris move up and maybe even ahead of the Fit. I believe the car is not selling well though; I think I saw $1000 incentive one the 2012s already?
  • I haven't seen any incentives yet - most of the reviews I've read have the Fit ahead of the Yaris - except for one which (I think) was Car and Driver - they ranked 7 small cars and the Yaris was #3, the Fit #4 - the Accent I think was #1 and the Sonic #2 -

    I only went to 3 dealerships other than Toyota and looked @ the Fit, Mazda2 and the Fiesta, in fairness, I didn't drive any of them - just sat in the driver's seat - the Fit impressed me the most of those particular cars - I drove the Yaris 3 times (3 different ones) and that was it - it was the one I wanted. I don't think you'd regret getting the Fit if that is at the top of your list, I'm just glad the MPG for my Yaris has been so good so far.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    I drove all 3 of those and the Yaris was the most fun to drive, for sure. The Fit is the one to buy if you need that magic rear seat and the Fiesta is the one with the smoothest ride (and worst handling). The Fit and the Yaris continue to be tied for best real-world mileage in all the comparison tests I read.l

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • Most recent fillup:

    On board MPG computer: 34.8

    Manually calculated: 36.8

    90% city driving, 10% highway

    tires set to 37 psi :D
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    tremendous. thanks for the post.
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