The 2020 Toyota Yaris goes far on thrift and short on just about everything else.
The subcompact sedan starts at just $16,605 (including $955 destination) in base L trim. The sedan and hatchback are offered in LE and XLE trim, which tops out at $19,705.
Despite that low starting price, the Yaris is undercut by the Chevy Spark, Mitsubishi Mirage, and Nissan Versa. The Yaris comes with standard power features, two USB ports, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and automatic emergency braking that can avoid crashes at 12 mph or slower. The Versa offers more active safety features, but is more expensive. The 2020 Yaris earns a TCC Rating of 5.2 out of 10.
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The jump in the Yaris L from a 6-speed manual to a 6-speed automatic is $1,100. The hatchback only comes with the automatic. Both transmissions are moved by a 106-horsepower 1.5-liter inline-4 that powers the front wheels. The Yaris doesn’t go anywhere in a hurry, but a sport mode in the 6-speed automatic revs the engine enough to fill the cabin with noise.
The Yaris sedan is thrifty on the road, too, thanks to its low 2,400-pound weight. The sedan is nearly a foot longer and a bit heavier, but gets 40 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The hatchback is expected to be the same.
Under the skin, the Yazda uses a MacPherson front strut and a torsion-beam rear axle. The base L has 15-inch wheels, while the others have 16-inch wheels. The road is ever-present, the cabin can be loud, yet the Yaris has firm footing and good outward vision to help you avoid all those road imperfections. Even though it’s slow, the subcompact is comparatively quick to react, and the thick three-spoke steering wheel has good heft—like the MX-5 Miata—compared to the bargain-bin competitors.
The 2020 Yaris sedan earned top marks from federal and independent crash-testing agencies, which is impressive for a subcompact. As an added bonus, the Yaris hatchback includes two years/25,000 miles of scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance.
Did you say white? Well, then, you are right, because this is still the most popular car color among customers on our side of the world (and not only).
According to a study conducted by iSeeCars, who looked at 9.4 million vehicles on the road last year, from the 2014-2018MY, to determine the market share of each shade, white leads the chart with 23.9 percent, followed closely by black, with 23.2 percent.
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The podium is completed by gray, with 15.5 percent, followed by silver, red and blue, in this order, with 14.5, 10.3 and 9.0 percent, respectively. Next we find brown, green and beige, which account for 1.4, 0.7 and 0.4 percent, respectively. Orange may be popular among those buying a sports car or a supercar, but it only accounts for 0.4 percent, while another 0.3 percent goes to gold. Yellow holds on to 0.2 percent and purple ends the chart with 0.1 percent.
The study breaks it down to each state, in alphabetical order, and varies between white and black, while the non-gray scale second option is either blue or red. In the 50 most populated areas across the nation, 28 of them are dominated by white and the rest exclusively by black. The most popular non-gray color is red and can be found in 41 areas, followed by blue with 9. You can check out the charts below and tell us what color your vehicle of choice is in the comments section.
Note: 2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade pictured in the Gallery
LAS VEGAS — Riding along Interstate 15 at dusk, you can see the sun set behind the mountains and canyons west of Las Vegas, casting brilliant hues of purple and pink, red and orange, across the desert floor.
But instead of looking outside, Austin Russell admires the view on the screen in front of him.
“This looks great,” said Russell, the founder and CEO of Luminar, a lidar technology company. “This is the first time I’ve really seen this.”
He examines the point cloud produced on the screen by his company’s latest product, Hydra, which combines sensing, software and computing into a single platform tailor-made for exactly these sorts of highway environments.
The technology underpinning Hydra allows automated systems to detect and classify objects out to a distance of 250 meters, and the software is optimized for highway environments. It’s targeted at companies seeking to enable driver-assist features or highway pilots involving Level 3 and 4 systems.
With a realization throughout the industry that more comprehensive applications of autonomy remain far off, Russell says applications geared toward niche environments such as highways are a way to meet today’s market demands.
“That’s the only way to get real cars on real roads in a near-term time frame, as opposed to this being a decade-plus problem,” he said.
Hydra, which ships to customers this quarter, was among a number of notable lidar-related unveilings at CES this month.
Among the others: Ouster showcased its OS0, a lidar sensor with a 90-degree field of view. The company says the technology was developed in collaboration with automaker and Tier 1 clients. It’s comparable to the Laser Bear Honeycomb lidar that Waymo developed in-house, and it allows customers to customize and configure beam spacing.
Elsewhere around CES, Velodyne introduced a new CEO and a new product — the Velabit, a $100 lidar sensor the company says can detect objects at a range of 100 meters and easily integrate into a variety of driver-assist and AV applications.
While each is tailored for different environments and applications, what might be remembered most from CES may not be products, but a shift in business model.
Luminar says it’s shying away from selling sensors and instead will sell subscriptions to its lidar services.
Russell says it’s a “natural progression” that better reflects the ongoing software development that Luminar does to improve features with customers as they become available.
Jeffrey Hannah, director of North America for technology research company SBD Automotive, says the new subscription model is a “reflection of an increasingly brutal lidar space,” where “market players are seeking any type of differentiation.”
Luminar has developed one additional feature with Hydra that might differentiate it from competitors that also make amplitude-modulated lidar: The technology can now determine the three-dimensional velocity of those targets.
Gathering velocity information from lidar traditionally was an arduous engineering challenge — and one that only companies working on frequency-modulated, continuous-wave approaches have achieved.
Doing so with amplitude-modulated lidars, such as the ones Luminar makes, is something of a breakthrough. Russell says the company cracked the velocity conundrum with a special scanning pattern that measures how the distance from an object has changed between pulses, and it gives automakers a new trove of information.
“It’s a pretty cool functionality,” he said. “And we’re getting it without trade-offs on performance and cost. It’s pretty crazy.”
Part 2 of Ultimate Adventure 2016. Participating in Ultimate Adventure definitely is not for the faint of heart. While UA always promises epic adventure, it can also test the limits of both man and machinery. No sleep, soaking rain, freezing mountain passes, and in this case, oven-like heat, are all part and parcel to the UA experience. And this year was no exception. On Day 2, Editor-in-Chief and UA leader, Christian Hazel, hammered that point home as he led the group from Ridgecrest, California, up to the night’s campsite in June Lake, California. But instead of a leisurely 200-mile jaunt up Highway 395 with plentiful fuel and ice cream stops, he drove the UA through the scorching valleys and passes of Death Valley…in the summer…on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year. And while we didn’t lose any men, we did kill a few machines. We also visited a ghost town, got to make some trail repairs, towed out some broken rigs, drank lots of water, removed some hoods to try to get engines to run cooler, and ran out of fuel. Then, on Day 3, we left the furnace in the rear view and pointed the rigs skyward, enjoying the incredible drive and picturesque views over the Sierra Nevadas through Yosemite National Park. For more action, videos, pictures check out www.4wor-ua.com.
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