CHANGES FOR 2013:
– Sedan discontinued.
Only available as a hatchback for 2013, Toyota’s subcompact continues on with its shapely sheet metal and higher quality interior, now with an instrument panel positioned in front of the driver instead of mid-dash. Bluetooth and USB are standard fare. Compared to a Mazda2 or Fiat 500 the Yaris lacks character, but as a reliable runabout it hits the mark. On the downside, the base 106-hp 1.5L four looks tepid when compared to the competition and the optional auto-box only has four gears.
All Yaris models use a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. The hatchback comes as a two-door (called the 3-Door) in CE trim, or as a four-door (called the 5-Door) in LE and SE trim.
Features on the CE 3-Door hatchback include 15-inch steel wheels, manual mirrors and windows, front and rear splash guards, intermittent wipers, rear washer/wiper, cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, driver’s knee airbag, front seat cushion airbags, tilt steering wheel, CD/MP3 stereo with four speakers, auxiliary input and USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, power locks, digital clock, and multi-information display. Air conditioning can be added as an option.
The LE 5-Door hatchback adds heated power-adjustable mirrors and tachometer. It can be optioned with a Convenience Package that adds air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry and power windows.
The SE 5-Door hatchback adds 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, six speakers, cruise control, keyless entry, power windows, intermittent rear washer/wiper, skirt package, rear spoiler, and fog lamps.