Would I buy one? Definitely yes, but probably no.
I know that sounds contradictory, but it depends on what you want from a car, and how much money you have to spend on your hobbies (or addictions).
As a car that does everything that it promises and then some, the GR Yaris is a winner, no question.
But unless you’re buying it with the plan to drive it in a competition of some sort – circuit sprints, tarmac rallies or on the gravel – then I’d wonder whether I was buying it simply to be one of the cool kids.
On the open road and around town, you can’t get anywhere near the full potential out of the car, and you would find the car spending 95% of its life doing the job of a Corolla or a Camry, and only 5% of the time being Harry Bates.
Is that such a bad thing though? Probably not, particularly if you have the money to buy the car and want to see it go up in value as the years tick by.
For the purchase price of under $50k, you’ll definitely see a return on your investment in the years to come.
Practicality usually wins out when making big purchases though, so whether you decide that the GR Yaris is for you, only you can decide.
If I was to give you any advice, it would simply be, if you want one, can afford it and have a use for it, then buy one. No question!
Well over 1000 Aussies have already done just that.
The cars have sold like hot cakes, and the cult following that the WRX and the Lancer Evo have long had might eventually be attributed to the GR Yaris as well.
For the work Toyota has put into the car, and the unquestionable success it has been so far, it deserves nothing less.