Welcome to the review of the Toyota Yaris from 2011. There are two different Yaris models available during that year, the current angular model and the curvy one in both sedan and hatchback, which is the subject of my review. The fact I did buy one is really enough said that this was the best small car package as a used car. Here where my thoughts on this particular model:

In terms of exterior design the 2005-2011 Yaris is very good, it hasn’t aged even in 2017. Out of all the 2011 models, the 2011 Yaris is probably the ‘cutest’ and admittedly that’s a problem as it will appeal by default appeal to younger women drivers most of the time and secondary appeal to older men. Why older men, because they’ve largely grown out of the need to buy  a overpowered and overpriced car. That said our partners agree that it does appeal more to them. Next time you’re out just checkout the drivers of this particular Yaris. Also take note of the Yaris sedan drivers vs the hatchback, it’s quite interesting. Whether this was a deliberate design choice is anyone’s guess except for Toyota Marketing at the time. The Yaris also had the best door closing sound with a solidity that none of the other small had.

In terms of interior design the 2005 – 2011 Yaris is the second best design out of all the small cars I tested and reviewed. The rear seats may not be as flexible as the Jazz but the Yaris seats do fold flat with integrated panels and the seats move forward, backwards and recline at various angles.  The storage trump card of the Yaris is the 3 glove boxes and 5 cup holders in the front which beats all the other small cars. The instrument cluster is also centralised and has LED read outs which is unique to the class. Hard plastics cover the entire interior and in 2017 do look on the cheap side. The seats are on the smaller side however the seat design has the best backrest although lacking any real side bolstering when cornering fast . Overall the design is modern and airy despite the grey plastics. The most impressive part was the seat height that made the hip point high enough so you don’t need to fold your self or duck your head when getting in and out of the Yaris.

In terms of the drive experience the Yaris is very good at speeds under 60kph. Under this speed roundabouts and corners and be driven in an entertaining fashion with easily controlled understeer and even oversteer if you know how to drive. The most annoying thing about the Yaris is the electric steering, it is simply not very good with inconsistent weighing and no feel but this is perfect for peak hour drives. The Yaris interior noise levels are acceptable and dependent on the type of tyres you choose. The course country roads in Australia it will be annoyingly loud. The 4 speed auto is often highlighted as a problem but I don’t think so. 4 gears perfect for around town and suburbia especially if you have the 1.3 litre. In the automatic 1.5 litre petrol the only time which you notice are it has shifted to 4 gear usually from 60 due to the tall 4 gear and needs to change down for more go, but on the freeways it seemingly finds more power and zips along quite nicely especially after the 80kph and a surprising speed reserve after 100kph.  This can be attributed to the VVT engine tech. Change the auto into 3rd gear when needed and you avoid all the problems. The ride quality is firm-ish but absorbent under 60kph and dependent on the road and tyres can get that typically lumpy as with all small cars. I think the manual 1.5 litre Yaris is an entertaining little car.

Overall I liked the 2011 Toyota Yaris and bought one. This model doesn’t have much coverage on the internet for an obvious reason, the main buyers of the car. There are few enthusiastic owners since there is no performance model bar the Japan only RS model which is equipped with 1.8 litre Corolla engine of the time. Overall the supportive seats, hair trigger throttle, surprising performance of the 1.5 litre, storage areas, cool central dash and most of all a stereo system that can be replaced or  upgraded and that it looks good and market reliability are the key factors.  More performance can also be gained by removing the heavy full sized rear spare wheel and replacing it with the 2017 standard of a puncture repair kit.

2011 Toyota Yaris
IL 4 Cylinder
1.3 Litre (1299cc)
Claimed 63Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 121Nm @ 4400RPM
IL 4 Cylinder
1.5 Litre (1497cc)
Claimed 80Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 141Nm @ 4200RPM
Kerb weight FROM 1055 Kg
Towing capacity up to 700 kg
Fuel capacity & consumption
Up to 42 litres – 91 Octane
IL4 1.3 litre Petrol 6.5 Lts per 100km AVG
IL4 1.5 litre Petrol 6.7 Lts per 100km AVG
Other specifications
5 speed manual or 4 speed auto
Overall length/height/width 3785/1530/1695
ANCAP Safety: 5/5
2011 $14,990 – 21,390 AUD excluding on road costs
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