The 2012 Toyota Yaris. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

The 2012 Toyota Yaris is on the fast track

High mileage vehicles are selling well this summer and the 2012 Toyota Yaris seems to be hitting a sweet spot - sales are up 140 percent in April over last year with a 70 percent increase so far in 2012.

Why is this compact commuter making it big? It has a lot to do with its performance, safety, comfort and fuel efficiency. If all you really need is reliable transportation at a good price point and better mileage than you’re accustomed to, how can you go wrong with a Toyota at a base price of $14,114 that gets up to 38-mpg on the freeway?

Given a choice of three or five-door models, each comes equipped with a four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence producing 106-hp in a car weighing only 2295 lbs. – that’s all it takes to make a compact perform.

How safe can such a small car be, you ask? Well first there’s nine airbags and the Toyota Star Safety system, which includes all the modern stability, traction and braking technology. Then the 2012 Yaris also features a impact resistant cabin with front and rear crumple zones plus energy-dampening materials in both the roof and doors.

The airbags include front-row advanced dual-stage front units, front-seat-mounted side, driver knee, front seat-cushion plus side-curtain airbags for both front and back.

Cargo and Passenger Capacity of The 2012 Yaris

Though it’s hard to believe the compact 2012 Toyota Yaris can transport five adults in relative comfort, it features 84.4 cubic feet of passenger space plus an extra 15.3 cubic feet of cargo room.

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