The 2012 Toyota Yaris

At Peterson Toyota in Boise we feel the new 2012 Toyota Yaris is redesigned to deliver more space, better fuel efficiency and is an outstanding value.  Re-designed in 2012 the  Toyota Yaris consists of a  sleeker, more attractive exterior look.  Driving a subcompact car definitely  has its advantages.  A 2012 Yaris  allows you to  zip through traffic with ease, fit in almost any parking space and run for weeks without ever stopping to gas up.

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Giving the Yaris its impressive numbers of 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway is the  1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that delivers 106 hp and 103 lb/ft of torque to the front wheels through a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic.  Offering a  three-door and five-door liftback body style, the Yaris is versatile and practical. The cargo hold in the 2012 Yaris three-door (MSRP $14,115) has grown 64 percent over the previous generation and now features 15.3 cubic feet of room with the rear seats up. The five-door models get a 68 percent increase in cargo space, up to 15.6 cubic feet.

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Toyota engineers also completely revamped the suspension in the 2012 Yaris – adding thicker stabilizer bars and larger, 15-inch wheels.  It handles he result is a car that handles with more agility and confidence than its predecessor. Electric power steering also helps improve road feel and makes quick work of tight parking maneuvers. Due to the  longer wheelbase, the 2012 Yaris also has much more stable and confident road manners at freeway speeds, making for a more comfortable road trip machine.

 Which Yaris is For You?

Potential clients looking to purchase a Yaris can choose between L and LE trim level  in both three-door and five-door models, and the five-door also offers a sporty SE trim. The L trims comes equipped with:

  • air conditioning
  •  a four-speaker stereo with CD player and MP3
  •  USB ports.

Value-packed LE trims have:

  • gain power windows and mirrors
  •  a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth music streaming
  •  remote keyless entry
  •  steering wheel audio controls

For those seeking a bit more sportiness, the five-door SE trim features 16-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, quick-ratio steering and four-wheel disc braking. Visual accents include halogen headlamps; integrated fog lamps; a color-keyed grille, spoilers and rear diffuser; a chrome exhaust tip and special SE badging. Inside, driving enthusiasts will enjoy the leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel and exclusive six-way adjustable sport seats with added shoulder support.

Just a Couple of New Things About the Yaris…

When you look inside the 2012 Yaris, the most immediately noticeable difference over the previous generation is the redesigned dashboard and instrument cluster.  The speedometer has been moved from the center of the dash to the traditional location right in front of the steering wheel. There is one feature that is center mounted: a unique, single-arm windshield wiper that not only cleans the windshield more effectively, it is said to be  lighter and more aerodynamic.

New for 2012, every Yaris features an Advanced Whiplash Injury-Lessening (WIL) front-seat structure. By supporting all areas from the head to the lower back equally, the seats help reduce whiplash-type injuries in certain types of crashes. Every 2012 Yaris also comes with standard safety features like nine airbags and the Toyota-exclusive Star Safety System™ which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology for emergency brake-override.

Peterson Toyota recognizes the 2012 Yaris to have earned the  “2012 Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for its outstanding crash protection performance.

The 2012 Toyota Yaris is the perfect car for daily commuters, city dwellers and anyone looking for a safe, practical and fun vehicle. Stop by Peterson Toyota  at 9101 West Fairview Avenue today and test-drive the 2012 Yaris.

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