Watch: Toyota GR Yaris proves its mettle in the moose test

Updated Feb 08, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It was born for these kinds of maneuvers.

For those who are always reading about the global automotive market, you’ll have heard of the dreaded “moose test” or “elk test.” If not, then it’s a test wherein a car is driven up to a certain speed, then made to evade an obstacle.

A picture of the Toyota GR Yaris on the road

The Toyota GR Yaris

Why are we talking about the moose test? Well recently, a Spain-based car review organization called km77 pitted the Toyota GR Yaris with their own version of the moose test called the maniobra de esquiva. Translated to English, it means “dodge maneuver” and bears little difference from the moose test. So, how did it go?

Before we talk about the results, be aware that the model that was tested was fitted in with the track package. This means that it was equipped with front and rear differentials, forged wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sports, and the GR suspension system.

The result of course was that the Toyota GR Yaris passed. Have a look:

Toyota GR Yaris 2020 - Maniobra de esquiva by

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To sum it up, the testers accelerated the GR Yaris up to 80 km/h, with varying speeds in several attempts. In several of those attempts, the driver managed to hit two or more cones. In the best attempt, the driver managed to steer more smoothly and the car evaded all the cones without losing speed.

The testers also reported that the steering was very responsive, and the car exhibited minimal body roll. It also didn’t lose traction. Of note, they also turned off the electronic stability aids in several test attempts.

With those systems off, the test indicates that the GR Yaris requires a skilled driver to perform such a maneuver. With those systems turned on, however, it was reported that the car was more precise and was easier to handle.

A picture of the Toyota GR Yaris on the race track

The Toyota GR Yaris doing what it does best

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If you’re thirsting over the Toyota GR Yaris, then do note that Toyota Motor Philippines could be releasing it locally in the second quarter of 2021. We also still don’t know if we’ll be getting the track package similar to the one found on the one tested by km77.

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Know more about Toyota Yaris 2022

Toyota Yaris

Like its brothers in other Southeast Asian markets, the Philippine-spec Toyota Yaris is a five-door subcompact hatchback based on the Toyota Vios sedan. Locally, it is available in two variants: the Yaris E 1.3 AT and the Yaris S 1.5 AT. Toyota Yaris price Philippines starts at ₱973,000 for the entry-level E 1.3 AT, while the top-of-the-line Toyota Yaris S 1.5 AT is priced at ₱1,114,000

Both trims of the 2021-2022 Toyota Yaris Philippines utilize a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of making up to 106 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque. For both Yaris variants, both come with a continuously variable transmission with a paddle shifter manual-mode. 

Size-wise, the Toyota Yaris measures 4,140mm long, 1,730mm wide, and 1,500mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,550mm, and a ground clearance of 140mm. 

In the local market, the Toyota Yaris’ competitors includes the likes of the Volkswagen Santana GTS, Honda City hatchback, Mazda2, Suzuki Swift, etc. 

₱ 973,000 - ₱ 1,114,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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