By Derek Mau
- Passengers get their own door and ample leg room
- Versatile split rear folding seats
- Spirited cornering
- Excellent value
- Engine is tuned for economy, not performance
- Thin sheetmetal designed to save weight
The Toyota 5-door Yaris looks and feels about right as the utility vehicle for the new economy. It is cheap, roomy, economical and versatile. And it accomplishes all of this with a bit of style and flare. Its EPA numbers of 29 City/35 Highway is not quite at the level of the tiny Smart Fortwo’s mpg of 33/41. But we believe the Yaris is a better car in every respect and it is the smarter choice.