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This new Toyota Yaris comes with a new engine and transmission, now with a smoother shift. The cabin space can fit five average size Filipino adults with more than enough leg, head and definitely the elbow room. The black fabric sport seat material with red stitches and red printed design center portion was cooler to seat on than leather especially when parked under the noontime sun. Seated at the helm of the driver seat, one would notice the semi-flat bottom leather wrapped steering wheel with matted leather shift knob, which had a just right diameter for quick steering, when required. The air-conditioning system with chrome ring dial type controls can keep the occupants cool with the desired temperature setting while the 7” touchscreen display with tuner, MP3, USB, CD, HDMI, Bluetooth, voice control and mirror link wired to 6-speakers that could produce clear sound above listening pleasure. The cabin designer of Toyota must hate clutter, that was why numerous stow compartments were located all over, the dashboard alone had a glove box, cup holders, bottle holders and door pockets. From behind the cargo area side compartments, spare tire (full size) and tools with separate organizers, center console and even a passenger side seat back pocket for those quick errands to the supermarket. Although the stow compartment fronting the shifter, could have been deeper. Going in and out of the Toyota Yaris whether seated in front or rear was not a problem the doors open wide enough and the door shape makes it, very accessible.
The Toyota Yaris 1.5G with front wheel drive system, effortlessly pulled smoothly by a new 1.5 2NR-FE four in-line DOHC 16 valve EFI VVT-I petrol engine linked to a CVT-Continuous Variable Transmission with sequential control that shifts a lot smoother now and at tollways speed with lower RPM and could go to so many places with just one 42 liter fuel tank, depending on how it was driven.
The Toyota Yaris has a front grille with silver garnish matched with halogen projector type headlamps, fog lamps, the front and rear bumpers were redesigned for a more aggressive look, while the rear combination bulb type tail lamps, now emits brighter and faster. The OEM tires 185/60R15 had a good road grip mounted on 15” 8-spoke alloy wheels. The front ventilated disc brakes with rear solid disc brakes with ABS, EBD and BA are standard on the Toyota Yaris 1.5G and was very reliable during the test drive. On twisty roads the handling was above average compared to vehicles in this class but when tackling quick turns, better judgement was required.
The Toyota Yaris 1.5G 4AT was a fun to drive daily car, it was stable at extra speed limits, easy to park, since it had more cabin space, one can load more amount of cargo, ideal for shoppers.

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