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2009 Toyota Yaris Liftback Review

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A three-quarter front view of a gray 2009 Toyota Yaris Liftback

In short: An inexpensive, value-oriented five-door hatchback.

or people on a tight budget, the 2009 Yaris Liftback is a good value. This five-door hatchback saves cash by boasting a low base price and a high fuel economy (the car gets about 35 mpg on the highway). No, it’s nothing fancy, but it is reliable and to the point, offering only the most basic features. Optional upgrades, which boost the subcompact’s appeal and price, include powered door locks, mirrors and windows.

Read a review of the the 2008 Toyota Yaris Liftback
and the 2007 Toyota Yaris S Sedan

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile comprehensive warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation warranty.

Base Price: $13,305 / As tested: $16,454

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback

Engine: 1.5-liter, 16-valve 4-cylinder DOHC with VVT-i
Horsepower: 106 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 103 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Curb weight:
2,340 lbs
Wheelbase: 96.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 150.6/66.7/60.2 in
Turning circle: 30.8 ft

ventilated disc in front; drum in rear; ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut in front; torsion beam in rear
Traction: n/a

0-60 mph: n/a
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 29 mpg
EPA Highway: 35 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags and seat-mounted side airbags; front and rear side-curtain airbags; tire pressure monitoring system

Dislikes: n/a

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PSV111208 (Updated 09/24/09 SV)