Competing in the budget-transport class, the Yaris could be considered the spiritual descendant of the old Toyota Tercel. Nearly forgotten today, Tercel was a plain but popular subcompact back in the 1980s and ’90s, proving to be almost a synonym for reliable, economical transportation. Introduced in 2007, the Yaris tries to inject some style, and even excitement, into the Tercel's old theme. Yet, its principal selling point remains durable service for buyers at the lower end of the market. Unlike most subcompacts, the French-built Yaris comes as either a three-door or five-door hatchback.
What's New for 2016
Last year, the Yaris got a new face and styling tweaks inside and out. Nothing has changed for the 2016 model year except for two new color combinations.
Choosing Your Toyota Yaris
All Yaris hatchbacks get the same engine: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. On the three-door Yaris L and the five-door SE, a five-speed manual transmission, with hydraulic clutch, is standard. A four-speed automatic is optional for those two versions, and standard on the others. Fuel economy with manual shift is estimated at 30 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway (33 mpg combined). With automatic, the highway estimate drops to 36 mpg (32 mpg combined).
Buyers choose from three trim levels, each of which includes an abundance of features for this entry-level car:
All optional navigation system may be dealer-installed.
Even the base Yaris L is surprisingly well-equipped for the entry-level category. If you don't really need the higher equipment level of the LE or the largely visual pizzazz of the SE, the basic L edition is the sensible way to go to keep costs down.
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