NEW FOR 2009:

– Sedan receives new grille design and new shade of silver-coated upholstery fabric
– Sedan Convenience and Enhanced Convenience packages add heated mirrors
– New sedan Appearance Package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps and cruise control
– Sedan Aero Package adds skirt package and rear spoiler
– 5-Door LE adds heated mirrors
– RS hatchback adds seat and curtain airbags, heated mirrors, and cruise control (on automatic transmission models)
– 3-Door LE Package adds fold-down rear seat and heated mirrors
– 3-Door LE Convenience Package adds fold-down rear seat, heated mirrors and cruise control (on automatic transmission models)
– New 3-Door LE Enhanced Convenience Package adds fold-down rear seat, side and curtain airbags, heated mirrors and cruise control (on automatic transmission models)
– 5-Door Convenience Package adds fold-down rear seat and cruise control (on automatic transmission models)
– New 5-Door Enhanced Convenience Package adds fold-down rear seat, side and curtain airbags and cruise control (on automatic transmission models)
– Sedan exterior colours: Zephyr Blue Metallic added, Olive Mist Metallic and Nautical Blue Metallic deleted
– Hatchback exterior colours: Blizzard Pearl and Magnetic Grey Metallic added, Polar White and Copper Orange Mica deleted

For 2009, the Toyota Yaris sedan and hatchback models receive changes to their option packages, including the addition of optional side and curtain airbags, which were available only on sedan models in 2008.

The Yaris is available as a four-door sedan, or as a two- or four-door hatchback (the company calls them a 3-Door and 5-Door), and uses a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission.

The sedan comes in a single trim line; the two-door hatchback is available as the CE and RS, while the four-door hatchback comes as the LE and RS.

The sedan includes 15-inch steel wheels, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, tilt steering wheel, floor mats, front console box, manual remote mirrors, and intermittent wipers. Available option packages add such items as air conditioning, power windows, power locks, anti-lock brakes, side and curtain airbags, and cruise control.

The two-door CE includes 15-inch steel wheels, CD/MP3 stereo with two speakers, dual vanity mirrors, tilt steering wheel, front console box, fold-down rear seatback, floor mats, tinted glass, front splash guards, and intermittent wipers.

The two-door RS adds 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, six-CD/MP3 stereo, front sport seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, power locks with keyless entry, power windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear washer/wiper, cruise control, side and curtain airbags, power mirrors, skirt package, rear spoiler and fog lamps.

The four-door LE includes 15-inch steel wheels, CD/MP3 stereo with four speakers, fold-down rear seatback, dual vanity mirrors, tilt steering wheel, front console box, floor mats, heated mirrors, tinted glass, front and rear splash guards, intermittent wipers, and rear washer/wiper.

The four-door RS adds 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, six-CD/MP3 stereo, front sport seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, power windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, power locks with keyless entry, side and curtain airbags, skirt package, rear spoiler and fog lamps.

Exceptionally roomy inside, the Yaris is comfortable and offers very high interior quality, although drivers will either love or hate its centrally-mounted instrument cluster. It features a bigger-car ride and sharp handling, but will benefit immensely from real winter tires in inclement weather, and its small engine becomes evident when it’s time to merge onto the highway. The addition of optional or standard side and curtain airbags into the hatchback, as well as the sedan, is welcome.

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