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Old 03-06-2018, 07:58 PM   #1
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Highway Driving Question

Hi All,

I'm getting ready to pickup a 2007 Yaris sedan S model. Driving my Tahoe home from work in a moderate downpour got me wondering a few things and I knew I could get answers here. I will be driving my Yaris 90% highway. It currently has 135k on it with great service history.

1) How does the Yaris do at 70 to 80mph? Does it glide right along? What's the average RPM at 75mph?

2) How does the Yaris do in the rain cruising down the highway? Since it's a light car does it hydroplane easy?

I guess these are my first two questions for now.

Thank you all!
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:24 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome.

I average between 70 and 80 mph on the freeway. I will say that the car was significantly more bouncy on the freeway at speed than my Honda Civic was. Nothing outrageous but it was noticeable. It improved with bigger wheels and tires. Again, it wasn't necessary, I got them for looks, but I saw improvement in how the car felt on the freeway.

Rain has always had more to do with tires than anything else, in my experience. The first set of aftermarket wheels I got for my car came with some super hard 'Sunny' brand tires, which were garbage. The car would slip in the rain when taking off from a stop. Terrible traction. Once I went to some Toyo tires, and Michelin thereafter, the rain has been a non-issue.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:56 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply. Being the "S" model it has 15" tires (I would guess that's a plus).

I haven't owned a small car in about 20 years but my new drive to work is forcing me to "make sense" with my commute and save a ton of money!!

As far as tire choice goes, I have learned over the years you can't beat Michelin tires. Pay the price for them and they will prove their cost.
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:13 PM   #4
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Thank you for the reply. Being the "S" model it has 15" tires (I would guess that's a plus).

I haven't owned a small car in about 20 years but my new drive to work is forcing me to "make sense" with my commute and save a ton of money!!

As far as tire choice goes, I have learned over the years you can't beat Michelin tires. Pay the price for them and they will prove their cost.
I agree, the wider wheel/tire combo of the S trim should help, and I'm also with you about Michelin. Best all-season tires I've ever ran.
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:05 PM   #5
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Congrats on the car! I drive about 90% highway and I will tell you that I had complained about wandering issues at 70+ mph before. Many members steered me the right way. I am still working on the issue but the conclusion that Iíve come to is that these cars are so light, they are influenced by every small imperfection in the road and tread pattern matters. Kimona is a member on here who has good advice. My current wheel setup is 16x7.5 inch wheels with 205/50 series tires. I plan on adding a rear sway bar, lowering springs, and switch to a 3 ribbed tire pattern. I really donít want to experiment with front/rear spoilers, diffusers, or canards but I will attack that after. Itís funny but I just picked up my mother from the airport today and with myself, her, my 8 yr old son and her 2 suitcases with a full tank of gas, the car tracked straight and true.
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Old 03-08-2018, 04:21 AM   #6
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When I got my Yaris, my first drive on the interstate shocked me at how unstable it felt in the wind. Especially passing or being passed by semi trucks. After I installed a rear sway bar those problems dropped by about 70% I would say. Now on the interstate it feels like pretty much any other car I have ever owned.
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