TORRANCE, Calif., (June 11, 2014) – Packed with attitude and versatility, the 2014 Scion xD offers new ways for drivers to enjoy city streets. This compact hatchback features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that constantly adjusts for the best performance. The engine puts out 128 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, perfect to navigate an urban jungle.
Filed under: Budget , Hatchback , Toyota , First Drives Satisfactory Subway Substitution Our enthusiast’s Spidey Sense started tingling when we heard about the newest bit of technology employed on the enhanced 2012 Toyota Yaris . It was not a more advanced variable valve timing system; the Yaris’ 1.5-liter engine is carried over and already has an intake cam with adjustable phasing. It was not more cogs gracing a more advanced transmission; the Yaris makes do with a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual. The suspension is also traditional with struts up front and torsion beam in the rear. So what was the next great thing? A mono-arm windshield wiper with washer jets aimed to either side of the big blade. Ah, our Spidie Sense was trying to warn us of an exceptionally dull car. In this world where small, inexpensive cars are becoming more fun – Mazda2 and Fiat 500 anyone – the new Yaris is a yawner. For normal consumers, however, the 2012 Yaris – available as the L, LE and SE – is a much improved, affordable and economical transportation appliance. It’s the kind of car you’d feel comfortable recommending to a friend’s sister or anyone who thinks of cars as nothing more than subway substitutes.