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Toyota Yaris Real-World MPG



  • 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: 12,726
    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

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • 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: 12,726
    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

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • 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.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    I have a friend with a Fit. He says his mileage is not as good as expected.

    Also there seem to be a lot of complaints on the Fit forum concerning poor mileage.

  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    that is true. My most recent concern is reading about the brake postings on the Fit. I'm not sure if it is true or just people having no clue on how to drive with ABS. I have recently dropped the Rio off of my list due to the average/poor visiblity in the cabin. I am now looking at the Fit (less than stellar gas mileage for a 1.5 liter engine), the Yaris, and the soon to be redesigned Nissan Versa hatchback. I hope people will keep posting about their driving experiences with the Yaris. I'd like to know if the brakes are as good as what Hyundai puts in their cars (stops on a dime), and to know if others are exceeding the gas mileage ratings.
  • I am VERY happy that I got the Yaris, I had read that the gas mileage was very good but I am amazed at just how good it is...

    There's not much not to like about this gem of a car - but it is true that it's not as quiet as my other car ('01 Corolla LE) and the ride is somewhat harsher - however, the pros far outweigh the cons!

    Handling - very good
    Visibility - excellent
    MPG - terriffic!
    Parking - a snap (tight turning circle)
    Audio system - excellent
    Brakes - best I've ever had
    Driver's seat comfort - excellent
    Price - pretty good (less than $17,700 total OTD)
    Controls - easy to reach, simple
    Styling (subjective of course) I like it!
    Headlights - excellent

    Plus the 2 years free scheduled maintenance made it even better!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    The braking in the SE is fantastic. Even magazine reviews seem to agree, with stops from 60 mph in under 120 feet. Mine is an SE and the brake pedal is strong and immediate. I can't speak for the LE, which has much narrower T-rated tires, but the 195-section V-rated tires on the SE grip like crazy.

    Recently I have been driving it like I stole it, with repeat visits to 100 mph, some canyon racing (its forte), etc, and it still managed 35 mpg on the last tank. It is so much fun to drive, it makes me forget I bought it to save gas! Will have to shoot for 40 mpg on the next tank, and the calendar will help: we should be going back to summer gas in the next couple of weeks, which will add 2 points of mpg if the past is any guide.

    I can get a running average of 38 mpg without trying, as long as I forego the antics and stick close to the speed limit on the highway. Just closing in on 5000 miles now.....

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    edited March 2012
    that's great news. My Pontiac Corolla as I call it (or is it a Toyota Vibe) brings me 30 mpg in town. I'm thrilled with that. However, the brakes Toyota installed on these Vibes/Matrixes are pretty poor to say the least. The brakes are nothing like the ones on my Elantra Touring. Sounds like the brakes on the Yaris are more in line wih what I expect out of a car today. Your Yaris mileage is certainly positive. I'm now going to wait for the 2013 Versa hatchback to come out and compare it to the Yaris and Fit. Your mileage posts have elevated the Yaris above the Fit given today's gas prices.
  • It's funny because while on a test drive for the Yaris the salesman said the gas mileage would be close to that of a hybrid, I remember thinking "yeah, right" - well, it's nowhere close to the Prius but at 36.8 MPG (90% city) it probably IS close to the Civic Hybrid -

    MPG aside, I think it's the best bang for your buck - I love mine - no regrets so far -
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    It sounds like braking is a pretty important aspect of a car for you. I should add then that the SE has 4-wheel discs where the base and LE versions have rear drums. I don't know if braking is worse in those trims because I never drove one, but the extra discs may improve the bite of the brakes and therefore the overall braking feel.

    I had a Matrix in the past and I know what you mean - nothing about that car was very athletic - acceleration, steering, handling, or braking. About the best you could say was it handled adequately and didn't lean way over in turns despite its tallness.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • Most recent fillup:

    MPG computer on car - 34.9 mpg

    Manually calculated - 35 mpg

    90% city driving
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    nice numbers again. Thanks. I actually got 33 in town with my "Pontiac" Corolla. The warm weather and fact that I'm now retired and no longer in a hurry certainly increased my mileage by 3 mpgs. :blush: I was pretty alarmed at how Consumer Reports dogged the Yaris in this month's issue.
  • I too was somewhat shocked and dumbfounded that Consumer Reports' review of the Yaris was so negative - they gave it the lowest rating of all the subcompacts, calling it a "bare bones" car - what? I guess their definition of bare bones and mine are different...I disagree with almost all of their assessments.

    I love my Yaris, so far I have no regrets about buying one, none whatsoever - I would tell anyone who wants a small fuel-efficient car made by a car company with a long-standing repuation for building reliable cars to consider the Yaris. It's Toyota's 3rd best selling car, and read what consumers have to say, people who actually own one!

    I think the reason my last tank went down a little to 35 mpg is because I've been running the AC, it's been very warm here lately.
  • Car and Driver's review was much better, they ranked it 3rd out of 7 or 8 cars, the Yaris was ahead of the Fit (#4) - the Accent was #1
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    at Consumer Reports mostly have no idea about what makes cars good or bad. They are only useful for their reliability data really.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    Who makes the Accent?
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    edited December 2006
    Hyundai makes the Accent. Hyundai also owns Kia. I personnaly like the Kia Rio better than the Accent. The MPGs are great on Hyundai vehicles. However, the sight line is not very good inside the cabin, especially for a new car. That is why I am looking at the Yaris, and am happy to see that many owners are exceeding the MPGs listed on the sticker. As a long time CR user, I have always wondered how CR gives such high overall numerical scores to vehicles with sketchy reliability (like VW). Nonetheless, the very low score that CR gave to the Yaris is alarming, and I'd like to hear more info on your driving experiences and if a majority of you are exceeding the posted MPG numbers. Gas prices and Yaris' fuel efficiency will certainly trump "hard, cheap interior plastic" comments as time goes on.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
  • In the Consumer Reports review they said that the Yaris' engine was so noisy it made it difficult to carry on a conversation (words to that effect) - that has certainly NOT been my experience - I find the Yaris to be only slightly louder than my prior's my understanding that the lower-priced cars do not have the insulation of their higher-priced counterparts - I say to that: no big deal!

    I'm extremely pleased with the mpg, so far averaging 35 mpg (city) with less than 1800 miles on the odometer ...and I expect this to increase as the engine breaks in.

    I understand what may be "comfortable" to one person may not be to someone else, but for me the driver's seat is very comfortable, the most comfortable of any car I've had - and as far as what the article said about "hard, cheap plastics" IMO the interior is attractive and well designed, I like the layout/design....doesn't feel or look cheap to me.

    Most of the reviews I've read from consumers who own the Yaris were very positive.
  • OK - I had it wrong, in the Car and Driver comparison test (Honda Fit Sport (2011), Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Turbo, Toyota Yaris SE, Kio Rio 5 SX, Hyundai Accent SE, Nissan Versa SL) they were ranked as follows:

    First place: Honda Fit
    Second: Chevrolet Sonic
    Third: Toyota Yaris
    Fourth: Hyundai Accent
    Fifth: Kio Rio
    Sixth: Nissan Versa

    These cars were reviewed on many things, one being "steering feel", the Yaris came in first place.

    For fuel economy, Yaris tied for first place with the Accent and the Versa.
  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    Got 39.1 MPG yesterday on my latest fill-up with 100% in town driving in my 2007 Yaris 3-door hatchback ATM. Have 35,000 miles on it. The only things I have replaced are the oil & filters, windshield wipers and the battery. I paid $12,300 for it brand new. Are they really selling for $17,000 now?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    edited April 2012
    C/D tested the Yaris SE and CR tested the LE. I bet that accounts a lot for the different opinions. There's features such as bigger wheels/tires, tuned suspension, quicker steering, 4-wheel discs, sport seats, and smooth stick shift on the SE that C/D tested, and these features improved the driving experience compared to what CR experienced in their LE with a 4-speed slushbox.

    But note that C/D also complained about noise and the driving position--as did CR. Had CR tested the SE, maybe they would have liked the handling better, as C/D did.

    Interestingly, CR averaged 32 mpg in the Yaris... a good number, but matched by cars such as the Accent, Versa, Corolla, and Mazda3i.
  • You're right, it was the SE tested by Car and Driver, not the LE which is what I are some of their scores for the Yaris:

    Out of a possible 10 points, got a 8 for driver comfort.
    Out of a possible 10 points, got a 8 for fit and finish.
    Out of a possible 10 points, got a 8 for both interior and exterior styling.

    Out of a possible 20 points, the Yaris got a 19 for performance.
    Out of a possible 10 points, got a 9 for steering feel.
    Out of a possible 10 points, got a 8 for brake feel.
    Out of a possible 10 points, got a 8 for handling and a 8 for ride.

    Out of a possible 25 points, got a 21 for fun to drive.

    Some of the low scores were: for flexibility - got a 2 out of possible 5.
    For features/amenities, got a 4 out of possible 10.

    I got this info from their website. :)
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