For all the hype around Toyota GR Yaris hatchback and its rally-inspired four-wheel drive driveline, the only thing that matters is how efficient all that fancy tech is at the speed limits grip. Like maybe when a giant moose crosses the road in front of you.
Meeting a moose in such a small car would be bad news for moose and the driver, you, so how agile is the new GR Yaris when it matters? In a moose test, or dodge test, set up by KM77.com and published on YouTube, GR Yaris showed tight, flat handling, but in the end “did not complete satisfactorily”
The car hit several cones on its first test, and turned all the way to the right in the maneuver’s first turn. Later tests managed to pull away the Dodge maneuver without hitting any cones. The video claims the test demonstrated it “Smoother” driver input limited the car from snapping in the corners as in previous tests with harder driver reactions. That “snap” can be attributed to the car’s short, fast body and limited tire grinding from impressive grip, which helps the Yaris quickly change direction.
The successful test was performed at just under 50 km / h, which is comparable to other vehicles with less performance with less suspension that you assume can help the GR Yaris to pass a moose test. However, the testers noted the station wagon’s ability to carry speed through testing, and that it was an apparent lack of intrusive electronic stability control input. Apparently, this car is completely suspension and tires where it counts, so that’s fine. In comparison, the video makes the slalom testing seem like a joy.
The 2020 GR Yaris is powered by a three-cylinder engine that dumps 269 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque through a rear-wheel drive all-wheel drive system. It gets a six-speed manual transmission, weighs just 2,822 pounds, and sounds too good to be true because, of course, it is not for sale in the United States. Instead, Americans will reportedly get another station wagon from Toyota in the future. Maybe Toyota will improve the moose test results then. Do it for the moose.