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Old 12-29-2008, 05:42 PM   #1
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CONSUMER REPORTS : MARCH issue reviews '09 YARIS .

Along with AVEO' , FIT , VERSA , and SUZUKI SX-4 for '09 . This is from the " what to look for in next issue " section from the February issue received by mail today a month in advance . We should receive the March issue at the end of next month. Could be interesting . ANTICIPATION !!! A real nail biter .

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Old 12-29-2008, 05:52 PM   #2
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How about a link and not just a notice that its out?
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:21 PM   #3
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^ what he said,

i can tell you that they won't be happy that the Yaris cannot drive itself no VSC,ABS, BS etc etc. such a bad car how can you drive it?
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:56 PM   #4
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Yeah, CR hates Yari. They also used to trash the Saturn S series (great) cars too.
They would always gush over the (unreliable) VW's though.....
Take their opinions with a grain of salt.
I will buy that issue though, sounds like a good "shootout" comparo....
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:36 PM   #5
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I saw a 2009 at the Dealership. Comes standard with six airbags and ABS. I'm sure that the Communist Union will give it a passing grade, provided that Toyota didn't jack up the price to help pay for the "safety" equipment.

Hey, maybe this year they'll even mention that a chimpanzee with a set of channel lock pliers can change the oil in a Yaris?

Shoot, if I could locate a set of smooth jaw Channel locks (they usually have serrations in the jaws that would damage the oil pan bolt) I'll try it myself just for grins.

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Old 12-31-2008, 11:39 PM   #6
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I saw a 2009 at the Dealership. Comes standard with six airbags and ABS. I'm sure that the Communist Union will give it a passing grade, provided that Toyota didn't jack up the price to help pay for the "safety" equipment.

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Agreed.

I have a feeling they'll reluctantly giving a "Recommend" check mark this year for the new safety features.
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:02 AM   #7
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Well, it still wouldn't surprise me if they didn't.
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:22 AM   #8
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Fit will be the winner. It's so predictable.
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:31 AM   #9
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Anyone here drive the Versa? It appears to have like 122hp I think. Must move pretty good.
I did'nt have time to search too long for a car + my Dad is a diehard YOTA man, so off to 3 Toyota dealers we went! Glad I did, it's better looking than that Versa anyday...
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:35 AM   #10
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Anyone here drive the Versa? It appears to have like 122hp I think. Must move pretty good.
I did'nt have time to search too long for a car + my Dad is a diehard YOTA man, so off to 3 Toyota dealers we went! Glad I did, it's better looking than that Versa anyday...
I had one as a rental when my Yaris was in the body shop after the old lady hit me (long story) while I was parked. It had the pickup but really lacked the handling to go with it. Even punching the gas, the lag time was about a second and a half until the computer told it to pump it. The cabin noise level was high as well, more so than ours.
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:43 AM   #11
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we would get the '09 PONTAIC VIBE ( Matrix ) before the VERSA , SX-4 , or AVEO' . We just test drove a 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic last weekend . Very impressed with both . You can get the 5 speed for little over $15,000 and the automatic for around $16,500 . These have plenty of standrad safety and comfort features that are usually add ons for other manufacturers , including TOYOTA ( YARIS , MATRIX , etc. ) .

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That Versa weighs more than the Yaris.
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the versa is bigger and heavier and really should be compared to corollas/civics, not yaris/fits, IMO
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we would get the '09 PONTAIC VIBE ( Matrix ) before the VERSA , SX-4 , or AVEO' . We just test drove a 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic last weekend . Very impressed with both . You can get the 5 speed for little over $15,000 and the automatic for around $16,500 . These have plenty of standrad safety and comfort features that are usually add ons for other manufacturers , including TOYOTA ( YARIS , MATRIX , etc. ) .
Next door neighbor owns one. They're a Toyota with some extra options. Made at the GM/Toyota NUMMI plant at Fremont. He loves his Vibe.

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Anyone here drive the Versa? It appears to have like 122hp I think. Must move pretty good.
I did'nt have time to search too long for a car + my Dad is a diehard YOTA man, so off to 3 Toyota dealers we went! Glad I did, it's better looking than that Versa anyday...

It's a Nissan.... Nissan is the enemy. Odd, I have to watch Nissan pilots like hawks on the road. They're pretty self absorbed, almost as bad as Escalade pilots.

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Old 01-01-2009, 04:58 PM   #16
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Fit will be the winner. It's so predictable.
Because it's a better car
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Because it's a better car
no its not, more expensive yes better nope. its pretty much the same (except maybe for trunk space) the rest is at par with the Yaris
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Because it's a better car
I really like the Fit but comparison testers seem to conveniently forget about the significant price premium. A Fit Sport auto is $17,580 w/destination.
Toyota gives you a Corolla or Scion xB for that price. And nobody wants a base Fit as they just don't look right at all.

I know that Fit and Yaris are supposed to compete in the same segment but Honda doesn't seem to be able to build a basic car anymore. They need a car that starts below $12. Heck, an Accent and Versa start with a base of $9,990. Let's see how great a Honda would be for that price! Suddenly, they wouldn't look so great.
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