The subcompact Yaris hatchback is the smallest Toyota model. It comes in three- and five-door configurations along with three trim levels. Introduced in 2007 and followed by the second-generation model in 2012, the French-built Yaris offers excellent value with fully equipped models retailing for under $19,000. Consider the Yaris as the latest in a long line of tiny Toyotas with the Echo and Tercel preceding it.
What's New for 2017
The big news for 2017 is the inclusion of Toyota Safety Sense C (TSS-C), three driver assist technologies not usually found in a small car. These include a pre-collision system, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams. The pre-collision system works at speeds between 7 and 85 mph, utilizing a camera and a laser beam to detect a vehicle ahead. Audio and visual alerts are made if the system detects a possible collision. Further, if the driver doesn’t take action fast enough the system may initiate braking, although it won’t completely stop the car.
Also new for this year is the availability of Ruby Flare Pearl paint, a premium patina infused with large metallic flakes to enhance vibrancy. This color represents a $500 upgrade.
Choosing Your Toyota Yaris
Every 2017 Yaris is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. An easy shifting five-speed manual gearbox is standard on the L only; a four-speed automatic transmission is standard on the LE and is available on the SE.
The 2017 Yaris with the manual gearbox makes an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Models equipped with the automatic transmission are rated at 30 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
All models come with nine airbags, daytime running lights, a rear window wiper and defogger, and room for five. You also get an Entune audio system with a 6.1-inch screen, six speakers, an auxiliary jack, USB port, and Bluetooth wireless technology. Navigation is a port- or dealer-installed option.
As pricing gets above $16,000, it puts the Yaris in direct competition with more sophisticated competitors. That's why the best Yaris value is the entry-level L, which plays to the Toyota's strength as reliable, inexpensive transportation.
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