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2012 Toyota Yaris SE

Plenty Improved But Facing Stiffer Competition Than Ever Toyota lost much of its credibility with enthusiasts after killing off what few performance cars it offered years ago, and yet the average car buyer still seems drawn to most anything wearing one of its badges. Even so, there has been one vehicle in the Toyota lineup that enthusiasts and cars-as-appliance shoppers have seemingly agreed upon for all the wrong reasons: the Yaris. The subcompact Yaris has never taken hold here in the U.S. like its larger Corolla and Camry stablemates – its awkward shape and unmemorable... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
1.5L I4
Power:
106 HP / 103 LB-FT
Transmission:
5-Speed Manual
MSRP:
$17,340
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    Recalls: GM repairing 40,500 Pontiac Vibes as part of Toyota airbag recall
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    Recalls: Toyota issues multiple recalls for 6.4 million vehicles worldwide [UPDATE]
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    Report: Are you the facelifted Toyota Yaris?
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    As basic transportation goes, there's not a lot to complain about with the Toyota Yaris. The five-door hatch (not to mention its JDM cousin, the Vitz) are due for upgrades, though, having toddled along in its current form since the 2011 model year. Now, we have what looks to be leaked images of the new Yaris, straight from a Japanese brochure. The ...

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    Report: Toyota will use Mazda's Skyactiv engine in new subcompact
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    Toyota increasing Yaris Hybrid production to 222,000 this year in France
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    More fuel economy means more factory workers and more production for Toyota's most popular model in Europe. That simple equation explains why the Japanese automaker is boosting annual production of its gas- and hybrid-powered Yaris compact vehicles at its French factory. The new number will be about 222,000, a 15 percent increase. To do that, Toyota will ...

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    Frankfurt: Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R is road-going version of brand's racing technology [w/video]
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    Official: Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R zips in on its way to Frankfurt
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    Teased: Toyota gives up more information on Frankfurt-bound Yaris Hybrid-R concept
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    Mon dieu! Toyota says it will sell 10,000 Yaris Hybrids in France after reporting a 46-percent jump in hybrid sales in the country, Technologic Vehicles reports, citing an interview with Toyota France CEO Pascal Ruch. Such sales volume would be about double what Toyota forecast for the Yaris Hybrid for this year. Earlier this year, Toyota debuted the ...

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    Review: 2012 Toyota Yaris SE
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    Plenty Improved But Facing Stiffer Competition Than Ever Toyota lost much of its credibility with enthusiasts after killing off what few performance cars it offered years ago, and yet the average car buyer still seems drawn to most anything wearing one of its badges. Even so, there has been one vehicle in the Toyota lineup that enthusiasts and ...

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