By Mark Maynard Saturday, June 09, 2012, 08:41 AM EDT
I drove it like my dad paid for the insurance and tires, but the Toyota Yaris SE wouldn't whimper or whine. I didn't set out to harm the little car, but it had a smirky attitude and wanted to run. So I obliged.
The Yaris SE with manual transmission is a fun car. It's not fun like a Mini Cooper S or a Miata, but for a subcompact hatchback that seats five -- four of them in relative comfort -- it seemed a good deal at $17,340 as-tested, which included floor mats.
The 2012 Toyota Yaris is a complete makeover that is slightly larger with more angular and attitudinal styling. It is sold only in three- and five-door hatchback body styles; the sedan will continue only in fleet sales.