2017 Toyota Yaris iA: Surprise, surprise!

8 Sep 2017 | 1,069 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds   Looking for a bargain compact sedan with cool looks, unusually modern and enticing interior and a driving personality that invites you to be sporty? Look no further than Toyota's Yaris iA sedan. This one, I will tell you, was a real surprise for me.  First, the styling.  Really well done with nice, flowing lines, appropriate character lines, and asignature front end look that stands apart from what everybody else is doing.  It looks quite a bit like the recently departed (for the U.S. only) Mazda2, with swoopy, sporty profiles and touches.  That's as it should be because it is based on the newest iteration of the Mazda2, which isn't sold here in the U.S., at least not yet. The styling in particular, is a standout.  Because Mazda has been at the forefront these days with forward looking, flowing, sporty designs, the iA benefits from being  based on the newest Mazda2. And did you check out the dashboard?  It looks so contemporary and well-done that it blows just about every other subcompact out of the water. The dials, the screen placement and design on top of the dash, the cool, sports oriented console, etc.  It's all there and then some. Bravo Toyota! The price is hard to beat--ours was only $15,950. With delivery and handling, the bottom line was $16,815-- steal, considering what all you are getting. For value conscious consumers, the great thing is that you get so very much for what you are paying. The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA is a compact sedan that is available in a single well-equipped trim level. Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, a low-speed forward collision warning system with automatic braking, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seats and air-conditioning. On the technology front, you get a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen with a console-mounted rotary controller, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a six-speaker audio system with streaming radio, voice recognition and a USB interface. A navigation system is one of the few available options. So what else, you might ask? First, everybody who's ever driven this car raves about its handling, particularly when you consider it's an inexpensive compact. It's quite responsive, steers and brakes like a champ, and is a whole ball of fun to drive to work and play. Of course, the iA was originally designed by Toyota in cooperation with Mazda and the fact that this car is really the newest version of the Mazda2 certainly explains it--Mazda is world-renowned for its handling and performance products, and the iA clearly benefits from this. The fuel economy, needless to say, is terrific.  The 1.5 liter, 106 horsepower engine puts out 34 miles per gallon overall! and 30 city and 39 highway ain't too shabby either!.  It only requires 2.9 gallons to drive 100 miles in the iA, and you can save $1,500 in fuel costs over five years compared to similar new vehicles.  Annual fuel cost is a measly $1,100. For all the reasons above, I will make it unanimous.  This car has just about everything you will ever need in a very stylish product. And no you won't get it mixed up with every other small car out there because it doesn't LOOK like every small car on the road, and for this style-conscious writer, that just about sums it up.  Drop the mike!    

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