The ante in the high-MPG entry-level hatchback market has been upped with the introduction of the 2009 Toyota Yaris five-door Liftback. The new versatile five-door Yaris Liftback rounds out a trio of fuel-efficient offerings, nailing the cool button between the Yaris sedan’s conventional appearance and the three-door Liftback’s love-it-or-hate-it design. If Goldielocks was in the market for a Yaris, this just might be it.
All 2009 Toyota Yaris models are equipped with the wonderfully fuel-efficient 1.5 liter VVT-i four banger, which produces 106 horsepower (HP) and 103 foot pounds of torque, as it delivers gas mileage that’s truly remarkable. Forget about the official gas mileage estimates for the Yaris … our week-long real-world 2008 Yaris test drive showed the little fuel-sipper capable of delivering between 45 and 50 miles per gallon on the highway, when driven conscientiously (windows up and air conditioning off at 65 MPH or so).
The Yaris five-door Liftback enters an increasingly competitive hatchback field, as it jockeys for position with the likes of the Honda Fit, Mazda3, Chevy Aveo5, Kia Rio5, Saturn Astra, and Suzuki Reno. While the 2009 Yaris may be a bit more expensive then some competing models, Toyota’s reputation for long-term quality and the Yaris’ real-world gas mileage results are a winning combination.
– by Daniel Gray