"Pound for pound" is a term boxing enthusiasts use to compare the merit of fighters who, because they belong to different weight classes, would never square off in the ring. It's a mental trick well suited to the judging the relative merits of automobiles.
We set out to find the best car in Canada, pound for pound. We prorated Consumer Reports rating against cost for Canada's most popular cars, assigning each a score between 0 and 5.
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Here’s how it breaks down: the Toyota Camry LEreceived a great rating from Consumer Reports (88/100) and sells for $23,700, which nets it a good score—each $1000 you spend on a Camry LE buys you 3.71 Pound for Pound points (3.71 PfP). Comparatively, the more expensive and lower scoring Toyota Tacoma V6 (50/100, $27,125) only earns a 1.84 PfP rating for every $1000 spent—not nearly as much value. In this installment of Autos Canada's PfP series, check out which Toyotas own the ring, and which end up on the mat.
2013 Toyota Yaris Hatchback LE
PRICE AS TESTED: $14,890 OVERALL RATING: 41/100
POUND FOR POUND SCORE: 2.75
HIGHS: Fuel economy, relatively roomy rear seat for two
LOWS: Noise, ride, agility, driving position, front seat comfort, fit and finish, radio controls, rear visibility
TALE OF THE TAPE: If you’re on a tight budget, Toyota’s cheapest car deserves a look. While it does provide impressive fuel efficiency (7.35 l/100 km) and a great safety rating, the side effects of its low cost are readily apparent. The ride is stiff and you’ll feel plenty of bumps, seats are annoyingly stiff and accelerating is a laborious affair. Still, its 2.75 PfP rating is decent, just don’t expect to be blown away by the driving experience.