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1) the yaris was a downgrade in mileage, as i bought a manual corolla and drive a majority of highway.
2) i have a doberman and mutt/lab mix. i put them in the back seat of the corolla all the time. i just a cheap vinyl seat cover in the back. works great.
3) all the yaris hatchbacks i looked at would be poor transpo for two dogs, or even 1 for that matter(if it were a large dog). the reason is that there is not a flat space unless you pay extra for the 60/40 seat, which should have been standard. the 1 piece seat that comes with all the yarii ive seen thus far is a joke. any flat area you get with that seat is miniscule. you get an unlevel surface, and even if it the whole area was flat its just not very big at all. i used to have a matrix, and it was awesome for dogs, perfectly flat in back and plenty large. i only traded for the corolla for the 41 mpg, which i regularly get and then some. the matrix was generally 5-6 mpg less.
so, not only do my dogs travel in comfort, but i also have the use of a trunk if i need it.
The Yaris hatch cargo area with the seat up is tiny. Toyota should have made a hatch with the wheelbase of the sedan and four doors. Of course that would have made the Scion Xa redundant. The Honda Fit has an excellent cargo area unlike the Yaris hatch.
The Corolla has high points (mileage, hp, and discounts) but the old design (no mp3 cd player or auxillary input) and boring interior with an uncomfortable seating position are big negatives.
The Yaris sedan is still on my list as are a few others.
Ahh, but I DID pay extra for the 60/40 fold-flat rear seat (it comes with the power package). Plenty of room in the Yaris hatchback with the rear seat down for two dogs.
And I also ordered the Yaris with a manual transmission, so my mileage will be as good as your Corolla's.
(Congratulations on getting your dogs to stay still on your sedan's back seat. My dogs would never do that; but then again, I have Siberians.)