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Toyota’s new 3-cylinder car

September 19, 2006

I bet the new Toyota AvGo is a perfectly ordinary car that they already sell in other countries, and they were just waiting for Americans to wake up and realize how cool it would be to have a 51-mpg urban car.

Don’t let the 3-cylinder engine fool you; it’ll get around just fine.  I once had a Geo Metro XFI with a 3-cyl engine, and it had plenty of zoom (just not insane amounts of zoom).  It also got 50 mpg in town, which was a nice feature. 

But I didn’t like its flimsy construction, (stuff was always breaking) and it lacked air conditioning which made it unpopular with MrsDoF.  The new Toyota comes with a 5-star collision rating and being a Toyota, will probably beat the Suzuki-made Geo on durability as well.

Probably won’t be able to drive it down a creek bed like my Beetle, though.

  1. September 20, 2006 at 20:48 | #1

    Probably beat the Metro/Suzuki?  Uh … yeah.  The Metro got us to Soo and back, so we can’t fault it too much.  It’s just that lowering and raising a window could be a challenge.

    Mrs. Dram is considering the Honda Fit next year, but this little Toyota might be an option.

  2. September 20, 2006 at 21:36 | #2

    Hard to make a mistake there – Honda and Toyota are both extremely good cars.

  3. September 28, 2006 at 13:26 | #3


    Living where I do now we just traded in my wife’s elantra for a tuscon… a suv with at least decent MPGs…

    My Jetta is going to be paid off this May, and it is now our ‘commuter’ car – maybe a trade in for this toyota… 51mpg city, what’s it highway look like?

    Hmmm.. keep the Jetta and buy a new motorcyle, or trade in the Jetta for something that gets 2x the MPG…

  4. jer
    June 15, 2010 at 05:08 | #4

    Just bought Toyota AYGO 3 CYLINDER
    5 yr guarantee 2010 model toyota air cond.cd air bags
    5 door 7000Euro
    beat that and euro keeps falling
    24% discount

  5. Armand Jones
    July 21, 2010 at 01:36 | #5

    I know that this post is 4 years ago, but I must say that Toyota is much better that time than today. But there are many car parts store like Car Parts Los Angeles that compensates Toyota’s current woes. This car is also a good one. A 3-cylinder engine can be helpful for those who wanted this kind of car.

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