Earlier this month I was fortunate to participate in a Toyota/Lexus promotion that allowed me to test drive the 2017 Yaris iA. First of all I am a loyal Toyota customer. I am a previous owner of a 2000 Echo, 2006 Corolla LE and recently purchased a 2016 Corolla LE. At the time I’ve only owned my new Corolla for 7 weeks; therefore, I was excited about the timing of this opportunity. I will do a review on the 2017 Yaris iA and the 2016 Corolla LE.
2017 Yaris iA 4/5
I enjoyed this compact, economical car. This car is perfect for me as a Houstonian that pushes closes to 600 miles a week. The iA gets 30/39 mpg. However, I think the car drives a little rough. I felt slight jerks when switching from park to reverse as well as accelerating above 20 mph. On the other hand, I can cruise 70 mph smoothly without any problems.
Some cool features that I liked about the iA is the push to start button. I was surprised to see this feature on a lower end vehicle. Second, there is the 7 inch stand out touch screen display. Third, I was impressed with the technology features. I love podcast and to see the Stitcher option was cool. In addition, there are two usb ports and auxiliary options. On the down side, the controls were located in the middle console between the seats. I am use to having that area as an armrest and storage.
Overall, I give the Yaris iA a 4/5 stars. I stay within the loop and spend a good amount of time on city streets. Between the continuous small adjustments of switching gears to reverse and exceeding 20 mph can be a bit annoying. More important factors are mileage, technology, and $20-$25 to fill up.
2016 Corolla LE 4.5/5
I was so elated when I made my purchase I planned on writing a blog post and this promotion gives me a perfect reason. First, a few personal experiences. I didn’t plan on purchasing a car, but with a new job and a major commute it was something to consider. I walked into Don McGill Toyota of Katy and worked with Leo, an absolute charm! I had the option to get a new Camry, but I played it safe by sticking with the Corolla line. Oh, I should tell you I did not test drive the Corolla. I merely selected a color and looked inside for a few features and I was good to go.
Going from a 2006 to a 2016 the come up Corolla experience is worth wild. One of the smoothest rides ever! I believe I didn’t realize this until I drove the Yaris despite my sporadic use of rental cars. There are no slight jerks in between gears or accelerating over 20 mph let alone 60 mph. Prior to purchasing my new car I was telling myself my next car has to have some technology features. Although I am very simple in this area I love using my bluetooth, usb port, and auxiliary cord for my devices. I also enjoy the built in screen vs the Yaris pop up screen. I am still adjusting to the reverse camera. Ironically, days before I received the Yaris I was wishing that the Corolla had the push to start button. However, I do see that feature on other models. As far as gas, the cost is the same.
Needs Improvement: Audio system for both cars, but maybe I like too much bass.
I strongly believe Toyota offers the best bang for your buck. Whether you are a college student, entry to mid level career, or in a large city such as Houston, their vehicles are just worth it. Corolla and Yaris are the perfect everyday car. I still own my 2006 Corolla LE right under 200K miles it has proven itself time and time again.
Yaris iA (blue) Corolla LE (red)