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.
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:
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.
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.