I feel like if I use the phrase "high gas prices" in one more blog entry, someone, somewhere, is going to sneak up behind me and garrote me with a USB cable. Truth is, I didn't decide to review the 3-door Yaris just because of today's, um, you-know-whats, which have climbed so you-know-where. I reviewed it because after testing the Smart Fortwo a few months back, I started wondering how the Smart would compare to a more traditional small car. (Strange, I never thought I'd refer to the Yaris as traditional...) Anyway, the two have a lot in common: They both start around $12k -- in fact, they occupy neighboring spots on my list of the ten cheapest cars sold in the US -- and they both come sparsely equipped (the Yaris gets air conditioning, while the Fortwo gets safety equipment). Annual fuel costs are similar, and... oh, there I go, writing the review in the blog entry again. Get the full story in my 2008 Toyota Yaris S Liftback test drive.
I'm tempted to put up a poll asking which you would prefer, the Yaris or the Smart -- but that one's pretty much a no-brainer for those of us who need to haul our kids around. Still, if you want to pitch in your $0.02 on the whole Yaris-vs-Smart thing, click the "comments" link below and have at it -- I'd really like to hear what you have to say. -- Aaron Gold
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