Toyota IST is a 5-door hatchback (also classified as supermini in England, B-segment in Europe, sub-compact in USA) that is manufactured by the Japanese automaker Toyota.
Toyota IST is a car that was built with the economic attributes of small Toyota cars, but also with the flexibility of SUV cars.
The Toyota IST has some good sporty looks that appeal to the young and the old as well.
It has some spacious and comfortable seating for five passengers, enough legroom and nice dashboard but when all seats are occupied, not much room is left for luggage. However, if the rear seats are not occupied, they can fold it flat creating more space for luggage.
The Toyota IST has a good safety rating. It boasts itself with a robust body structure that was realized through the advanced GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) process by Toyota, which improved its safety in collisions with heavier vehicles. Toyota IST is fitted with safety belts for all passengers, and it also comes with 7 airbags installed for passenger safety in case of an accident.
Mechanics (Efficiency and Durability)
The first generation of Toyota IST comes with two engine choices: a 1.3–liter 2NZ engine and a 1.5–liter 1NZ engine, while the second generation comes with a 1.5–liter 1NZ engine and 1.8–liter 2ZR engine. These engines are considered some of the most efficient engines produced by Toyota, with the two belonging to the NZ family engine and the other to the ZR family.
The 1NZ (1.5 liters) displacement is 1497 cc that can give you a maximum power of 81 kW (109 HP) at 6000 rpm. The fuel consumption of the 1NZ engine is approximately 23 km/liter (equivalent to 4.3 liters for every 100 kilometers) which makes it one of the most efficient engines when it comes to fuel consumption.
The 2NZ (1.3 liters) displacement is 1298 cc that can give you a maximum power of 64 kW (87 HP) at 6000 rpm. The fuel consumption of the 2NZ engine is approximately 16 km/liter (equivalent to 6 liters for every 100 kilometers) which also makes this engine a good candidate for fuel economics.
The 2ZR (1.8 liters) displacement is 1797 cc that can give you a maximum power of 97 kW (132 HP) at 6,000 rpm. The fuel consumption of the 2ZR engine is approximately 15 km/liter (equivalent to 6.4 liters for every 100 kilometers).
The 1NZ, 2NZ and the 2ZR are four-cylinder engines that are all fitted with the VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) Toyota technology which improves fuel consumption. These engines are proved to be reliable and will not require any major mechanical maintenance before they clock 100000 km (1NZ & 2NZ) and 150000 km (2ZR).
The recommended oil weights for these engines are 5W-30, 10W-30 (for all three engines) and 0W-20 and 5W-20 are other oils that can be used by the 2ZR engine. Recommended oil change interval is every 5000 kilometers.