2009 Toyota Yaris Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
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.
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The ride is rough on bad pavement and the seats are only comfortable up to two hours."

Jessica M., WA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"It has a very tight turning radius and that can be most useful at times. The size is a plus because parking spaces become narrower all the time."

J K., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"Road noise is horrible"

Danny A., OH (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"Like driving standard car as it is responsive and handles well."

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"This is a small car. It accelerates slowly with three or four people. However, as a family car using around town, it is more than fine."

Matt B., OH (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"Its fast enough to get me in trouble.I let a friend who has a Mini Cooper drive ,he was amazed at how much faster the Yaris was. He said he paid more for the Mini Cooper and gets less in trade in value"

James R., MA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"long lasting endurance of such"

John B., TX (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"Easy to drive & park, very tight steering and turning radius."

Russell K., NY (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"It’s very zippy, handles well for city and mountain driving. And it’s a breeze to park."

Kathryn R., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"I have had no problems with it."

Bruce J., CT (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"Blind spots are terrible."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Yaris)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Great car no major problem .Runs great handles great More room than some SUVs. Gas milage 35 to 40 mpg"

James R., MA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"Seats: quite comfortable, plenty of adjustments. Noise: acoustic insulation is low, noise level is a little high, but typical for a subcompact. Ride: quite good for a short-wheelbase, subcompact. I notice the washboard on some of the dirt roads, but that is not surprising."

Tim S., VT (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"long lasting quality of the comfort"

John B., TX (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"It is still good after 260000 miles"

Bruce J., CT (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"seats have never been comfortable without an additional lumbar pillow"

Carmen A., FL (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"noisy shaky driving"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"seats do not give lumbar support"

CARMEN A., FL (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"This is my wife town car. I don't drive it. Too uncomfortable for me to enjoy driving. To small and cheap."

ROBERT C., OR (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"The ability to raise the steering wheel is limited, excluding drivers over 6' tall from a comfortable driving experience; the seats could also use more lumbar support."

BRIAN Z., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"B The right size for my wife to use. Good Value with no real problems."

Robert C., OR (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"All the latest safety features were included at the time I bought it--side bags, traction control, etc."

Jessica M., WA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"Very dependable"

James S., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"Great gas saver, fun to drive"

GLORIA A., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"Reliable transportation. Little to no downtime for repairs and gets me where I need to go everytime which is why I have a vehicle."

Anonymous, NS (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"My Yaris 3 door hatchback with 5 speed manual continues to improve on gas mileage. At 95K I now have crept up from overall 42 to 46. It is amazing for a non hybrid car. I also have driven it on many trips of over 2000-4000 miles and find it very comfortable. For around 12-14000 dollars it was a great value."

BRIAN B., IL (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"When it comes to dependability, it cannot be beat. have not had a single problem yet. Only recall actions. Great car for tooling around town since it is so maneuverable. It accelerates surprisingly well for such a small engine. Never hesitates."

ROBERT D., FL (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"No repairs other than tires, wiper blades, filters. This is our second Toyota Yaris because the first one was so good 2 years earlier---- but won't be our last."

NORMAN S., MI (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"30 MPG. Few repairs."

KATHLEEN R., CA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"good car overall"

ALFRED B., QC (2009 Toyota Yaris)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The plastic around the dash seems very cheap"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

"The car is cute, easy to park in the city, holds enough hardwood for a kitchen floor, and has more cup holders and cubbies than you can imagine. Visibility is great."

JESSICA M., WA (2009 Toyota Yaris)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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