The Yaris is more than what you expect. I drive a 2007 5-speed liftback. With the manual transmission I get great gas mileage, and the liftback gives me the cargo space I need. With the two passenger door, it would not be a practical car if you normally have more than one passenger. No problems with the car in over a year of owning it. It's a great value for the money and a cute little car that gets lots of comments. I was familiar with the car from seeing them all over Italy and Greece and was excited to be able to get one here.
I would recommend this car to anyone who drives long distances on a regular basis. The Yaris gets great gas mileage on the highway. With one tank of gas I can drive around 400 miles. However, in the city the gas mileage is not so great. I was only able to get a little over 300 miles before I had to refill. I have a manual transmission and it is very smooth when shifting. I find that first gear is difficult. Once you are up to about 10/mph you have to switch to 2nd gear which is frustrating when you are going over several speed bumps. And slow speeds, such as school zones, are difficult to stay at. But that could be my driving skills, I don't know but I didn't have that issue with my last stick shift. Overall, I love this car.
I have owned two Toyota Yaris LEs and one Sedan. This car handles well and has more room on the inside than other smaller cars. I especially like the manual drive vs the automatic for navigating traffic and on ramps! Tires make a big difference in cabin noise reduction on the Yaris so make sure you don't buy cheap ones.