The Yaris is offered as a hatchback and a sedan. Either will deliver excellent fuel economy and a very good ride, although handling is sloppy and unforgiving at its limits. Acceleration is adequate, but the engine is noisy at high revs. Stopping distances for our non-ABS equipped hatchback were extremely long.
Alerts
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
NA
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
NA

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2012
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2013
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2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
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2018
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2019
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2020
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2014
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2015
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2016
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2017
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2018
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2019
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2020
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2007, standard from 2009. ESC standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Yaris is offered as a hatchback and a sedan. Either will deliver excellent fuel economy and a very good ride, although handling is sloppy and unforgiving at its limits. Acceleration is adequate, but the engine is noisy at high revs. Stopping distances for our non-ABS equipped hatchback were extremely long.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door hatchback
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 (106 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Toyota Yaris owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Exterior trim has removed itself completely, at one point while on the freeway (where it came out and began slapping the side of the window as we drove)."

Megan M., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The moldings on the roof are also loose and curling"

Gloria A., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the brillant transparent finishing coat on top of the paint peels off on the front and back bumper"

Bernard M., QC (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Glove compartment fell out and I had to reattach it. It worked fine afterwards"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Just some minor peeling in spots, nothing serious"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on rooftop is cracking and bubbling and fading"

Gloria A., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is peeling off all over the roof"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Roof paint fading"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since the Yaris is Toyota's 'low end' model, I suspect the paint is inferior to other models. I noticed the tops of the rear view mirrors fading and in the past year, the roof is 'crackling'. Seems to be a common failure as I've seen other Yaris"

Michael K., FL (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The roof began bubbling and peeling about three years after we purchased the car new. We got the top half of the car repainted, but now the cracking and peeling continues on the rest of the car"

Gloria A., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling in certain areas, such as roof and hood. Happened at around when the car was 5-6 years old"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Ten year old just normal wear and tear"

James R., MA (2009 Toyota Yaris S 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When getting inspection sticker a leak in exhaust system was found and fixed"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Yaris S 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Gasket gone."

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"rust and leak normal ware and tear for a 10 old car."

James R., MA (2009 Toyota Yaris S 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"equipment recall"

Bruce J., CT (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"I believe the front rotors and calipers had to be replaced in the same incident. Only happened once. Was repaired within 2 days. And back on the road. It was scary but quickly resolved. I think I may have had the rear brakes checked at that time and proactively replaced the worn parts (calipers?)"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Yaris Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Normal wear and tear"

James R., MA (2009 Toyota Yaris S 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brake wouldn't release. Had to be towed."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Yaris Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Bought the car new in 2009. Front brakes failed in 2019. Occurred rather suddenly, no noticeable warning on an icy Winding highway with nowhere to pull off. but I was able to drive it an additional 6 miles to safely park and get it towed for repair. I believe the rotor(s)needed to be replaced and the calipers."

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Yaris Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Breaks just started squeaking despite very recently passing inspection. This may not be the fault of the car, more likely misinformation by the inspector"

Anonymous, RI (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"it quit working, I had it replaced, the car went about 600 miles and the fuel pump quit again, replaced pump and the fuel cap and I'm driving it now about 100 miles so far."

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fuel pump failure, mounted INSIDE fuel tank, vehicle undrivable until repaired"

Richard G., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris S 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The fuel pump quit working and we had the unit replaced, running ok now."

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"car just quit running the other day it is at the mechanic now ,pretty sure its the fuel pump"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"On a very hot day the car develped a hose leak and blew out the A/C compressor I believe"

Kathleen R., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Went out completely around 2018, which we were told is fairly standard for blower motors."

Megan M., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Blockage in the system caused water to leak into right floor of cabin."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Yaris Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"My car is kind of loud as I drive it."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Yaris Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was an ongoing problem. The car would make weird noises during the first few minutes of operation, then the noises would disappear, only to reappear in the next day's driving."

Anonymous, LA (2009 Toyota Yaris Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It squeaks, and I've asked it to be looked at, but Toyota hasn't been able to hear it when it's in for maintenance. Also, cabin air filter always smells musty; stinks. Have replaced and smell doesn't go away. This was a dealer demo with 8K miles"

Tammy K., VA (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"During inspection a broken strut was found and replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Yaris S 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Ride became very hard. Bumps felt like jarring blows. struts replaced but did not see much improvement"

Ronald B., NY (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearings went bad at 64K. Both sides. Much sooner than I think they should have"

William P., TN (2009 Toyota Yaris S 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"on the rear drivers side door the plastic piece that is in between the glass and the door slides out. I push it back in and it wont stay down"

Rachel F., PA (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"someone (not me) knocked it off"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Yaris 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"Regularly need tightening and replacement over lifetime of vehicle"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing belt replaced about two times, due to the cracking and squealing noises during the colder climates"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Starting a few years ago, CD player stopped routinely accepting CDs, would eject them if I tried to put them in. This finally got bad enough that I replaced the unit with a new aftermarket radio/CD player/etc."

Anonymous, VT (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Aux input died early on, forcing us to replace the head unit with a poor aftermarket substitute"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"The low-beam setting is not connected properly. It is too dim and has to be taped and/or banged on the side of the body to make function. My mechanic has refused to fix it."

Anonymous, AL (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"The washer sprayer/motor does not spray washer fluid on the windshield"

Rob H., AZ (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"water pump needed replacement"

Anonymous, (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started leaking"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch burn out"

James S., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"The driver side transmission seal started leaking at 65000 miles and had to be replaced. It cost 313 to have a dealer replace it"

Brian B., IL (2009 Toyota Yaris Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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