BY H. THROTTLE
The 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback XLE is a front wheel drive economy four door sedan. The Yaris features a 4-cylinder 1.5L engine that generates 105 horsepower and achieves 40 miles per gallon on the highway. The smaller engine linked to a sequential 6-speed transmission with a “sport” mode provides adequate acceleration and excellent fuel economy.
This Yaris has final assembly in Salamanca, Mexico and has a suggested retail price of $19,795 delivery price including quite a few safety options. While at the lower end of the Toyota priced models, the hatchback earns an overall five-star safety rating from the National highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Yaris is fun to drive, a small sedan, it is easy to squeeze into tight parking spots and the transmission is smooth and the car has plenty of spunk with a sport’s mode option for additional power.
The ride is very firm and similar to a sport’s car high speed ride where the driver and passengers can feel the road, including the bumps. The suspension system has front McPherson struts and torsion beam rear suspension usually found in more expensive sport’s cars.
Seats are adjustable by levers and with a little work can adjust to the various body sizes. The radio tunes by a large dial and once mastered is easy to operate. Car play is featured along with other navigation and technical features. It appears that the Toyota Safety Sense” package is not available on the Yaris. That system has more safety camera guided features and adds expense to the vehicles.
This Yaris has a 5-year/ 60,000 miles powertrain warranty.
Overall this is solid transportation with excellent fuel economy and very attractive for a student who wants dependability with low cost transportation. A very good value and solid drive.
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