2014 Toyota Yaris Overview

Bob Long
Automotive Editor - March 31, 2014

The 2014 Toyota Yaris remains the brand’s least expensive car. Though it isn't the strongest contender in a highly competitive market, the Yaris has plenty of appeal for those who want a basic, simple, no-hassle car with Toyota's reputation for quality and good resale value.

What's New for 2014

Daytime running lights are now standard on all Yaris models. Other than some minor color and trim changes, Toyota's small hatchback—available with three doors or five—remains the same as last year.

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Choosing Your Toyota Yaris

All Yaris models use a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. The absence of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) will make traditionalists happy—you'll choose between a five-speed manual and a conventional four-speed automatic. Fuel economy is good: 30 mpg city and 37mpg highway with the manual transmission; the highway number drops by 1 mpg with the automatic. The 1.5 liter engine runs on regular unleaded gasoline.

The Yaris comes in three trim levels:

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On the least expensive L models, you'll be cranking your own windows, but will enjoy standard features like air conditioning and the 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/Satellite audio unit with HD Radio, auxiliary inputs and Bluetooth audio streaming.

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LE models add equipment like driver seat height adjustment, cruise control, and remote keyless entry.

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The performance-oriented SE—available only with five doors—has 16-inch wheels and a sport suspension. Other standard extras include four-wheel disc brakes and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever.

In keeping with a simple approach to basic transportation, the option list is short and most are dealer installed, including a rear spoiler, side moldings, mudguards and an interior cargo net. Every new Yaris comes with ToyotaCare complimentary scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles.

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CarsDirect Tip

If you're going to buy a Yaris, we recommend playing to the strength of simplicity with the base L model. The prices of the LE and the SE add some nice amenities, but also put them into direct competition with more accomplished rivals.