Friday, March 10, 2006

Toyota: New Subcompact for 2007

Toyota has said that the Yaris (which I did a double take on because it looked like Yars, as in Yars' Revenge (which you might not get if you never played Atari 2600 games)). Anyway, this subcompact looks roomy and is boasting 34 mpg city and 40 mpg on the highway. If I were to evenly swap one out for my current vehicle (a 2005 Suzuki Reno, which is a GM-DAT (Daewoo) vehcile) I would save $25 per month at the current rate for unleaded regular gasoline ($2.26/gal today).

Anyway check out:
The Press Release {Adobe Acrobat Reader required}
Toyota Yaris website

I put together a package with the Yaris liftback which starts at $10,950 for the manual transmission.

To that I added:
Color: Meteorite Metallic (silver grey)

Convenience Package: $630 nets you an AM/FM/CD/MP3 head unit, MP3 mini-jack, rear defroster, 15in steel wheels with cover, rear wiper

Power Package: $1,290 nets you Power door locks, windows, and mirrors, 60/40 slide/recline/fold flat multi function rear seat

Additional Options: $650 for Driver and Passenger Side Airbags

Accessories that I picked out but are not priced. Interior Light Enhancement, Rear Bumper protector, TRD Sport Muffler, TRD Shock Absorber Set/TRD Lowering Spring Set, TRD Quickshifter, TRD Oil Filler Cap, TRD Radiator Cap, TRD Shift Knob

For my basic setup (minus the above Racing Products)--$13,520

Of course if you know how to play the game right, you will probably get it for a bit less. These small vehicles with pretty damn good gas mileage are a good way for us to conserve gasoline (and thus some oil) and does not rely on any new infrastructure.