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November 26, 2011 9:22 PM Subscribe
Toyota Yaris 2012 or an alternative compact bubble car?
posted by rokusan to Shopping (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My girl is strongly considering the current Toyota Yaris (2012) for a city commute and errands car while posted in Abu Dhabi (UAE) for the next couple of years. It will never leave the city or short highways between cities, and the roads are great, but this city has some of the craziest entitled drivers on the planet blasting past in their Ferraris when you least expect it. I want her to be safe.
I'm pro-Toyota in general, but the online reviews on the Yaris all over the board, from 70%-ish and three stars to 99's and five. I feel stuck for solid data, so I'm appealing for anecdote or experience.
It'll only be driven for a maximum of 3-4 years (we're moving overseas after that), and nobody here buys used cars (just doesn't happen), so new and reasonably-priced is the way to go. In that regard, even though the budget could handle it, I'm thinking it might be foolish for us to move up to a Volkswagen (I guess the Golf would be the closest match?) and downright crazy to consider BMW or Opal for a three year life cycle... but maybe I'm wrong there, and the extra (purported) crash safety is real.
I have no idea.
What matters to us both is reliability and safety (seven air bags sounds great) at a reasonable cost. We're both fans of Toyota on this count, but not religiously so, and I'm wondering if we should not be looking harder at other options. Practical is more important than sporty.
Ideas? Suggestions? Advice?
Note: US-made cars are pretty much out of the question here (Euro or Asian, please) and fuel-economy is completely not an issue because petrol is so cheap.