2012 Toyota Yaris

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Toyota Yaris highlights

Customer rating


  • Thrifty performance
  • Good handling
  • Simple yet stylish interior


  • Limited cargo capacity
  • Tilt-only steering wheel limits driving comfort

Mileage (EPA estimate)

30 city, 35 highway, 32 combined

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What is new for the 2012 Toyota Yaris?

  • The Yaris is available in a variety of new trims, including the L, LE, and SE.
  • Yaris trims have been upgraded with Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Power Windows, Smart Key, AM/FM Stereo, Auxiliary Audio Input, CD Audio, Bluetooth Technology, Satellite Radio Ready, Blu-ray Video System, Rear Spoiler, and Alloy Wheels as standard equipment this year.

5 reasons to buy the 2012 Toyota Yaris

1. Surprisingly spacious

Don't let the size of the 2012 Toyota Yaris trick you into thinking this subcompact car doesn't have the room you need for everyday life. You'll be happy to learn there's comfortable seating for five passengers inside. That's an impressive 84.4 cu-ft of passenger volume in a small package. When you fold the second-row seats, there's 15.3 cu-ft of cargo space—plenty for daily life. The 2012 Yaris proves that big things can come in small packages.

2. Go farther between fill-ups

Powered by a peppy 1.5L four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission, the 2012 Toyota Yaris makes the most of its 11-gallon fuel tank. The 2012 Yaris with a five-speed manual transmission gets an impressive EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 36 mpg highway fuel economy.

 With numbers like that, you'll be ready to tackle any trip without worrying about spending too much time at the pump.

3. Keeping it simple

There's something impressive about the simple, easy-to-use interior design of the 2012 Toyota Yaris. Despite the simplicity, you'll have everything you need, with features like a standard USB charge port and Bluetooth® connectivity (LE and higher trims). Large, brightly colored dials are easy to read at a glance and make a bold style statement. In the center, well-laid-out buttons make controlling the CD player or radio a breeze. The 2012 Yaris is proof that keeping it simple works.

4. Ideal for city living

If you're looking for a small and agile car for your city commute or getting around downtown, the 2012 Toyota Yaris might be your match. The peppy but smooth engine accelerates through traffic with ease. The flexible interior cargo space can adapt to grocery runs and day trips as well as picking up oversize items from the store. At just 153.7 inches long, the 2012 Yaris can also squeeze into tight parking spaces and small streets.

5. Well-equipped out of the gate

Packed with features and technology, the base-model 2012 Toyota Yaris L won't leave you feeling like you're missing out. You're getting all the basics and then some, like air conditioning, a CD player, an iPod® USB connection, and an auxiliary 12V power connection. A bright and colorful dashboard with an LCD information display gives you all the essential info at a glance.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2012 Toyota Yaris is a small, economical car that is fun to drive. Customers like the gas mileage and the car's handling.

RepairPal gave the Toyota Yaris an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota Yaris 1st out of 27 among Subcompact Cars.

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Toyota Yaris features and specs

L 2WD 2D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Rear Spoiler

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 40.6"/R 33.3"

Head room

F 39.3"/R 37.6"

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