2014 Toyota Yaris Review

April 2, 2014
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The Toyota Yaris is essentially unchanged for 2014. But it is still the same small and fuel-efficient car that its buyers in 2013 loved. Other things it offers are a budget-friendly price, roomy seats and good selection of cabin tech. Learn more about the 2014 Toyota Yaris below.

UNDER THE HOOD

The 2014 Toyota Yaris runs with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard and a 4-speed automatic is optional on the 3-door L and the 5-door SE models. The 5-door L and all LE models have the 4-speed automatic as their only transmission.

The EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Yaris are 30/37/33 (city/highway/combined mpg) with a 5-speed manual transmission and 30/36/32 with an automatic. Although these numbers look impressive, they are just typical in the class.

ON THE ROAD

The 106-hp four-cylinder gives the Yaris enough power. But don’t expect it to cause quick acceleration and give you an exciting driving experience. The 4-speed automatic delivers but it isn’t as competitive as the continuously variable transmissions or CVTs offered by other automakers in the segment. Reviewers, then, recommend opting for the 5-speed manual instead of the automatic.

The Yaris is also stable in corners and provides a smooth ride especially around town. If you want to add some flavor to your Yaris, you can go for the SE model which has steering, brakes, and suspension all calibrated for a mild sporty driving.

INSIDE THE 2014 YARIS

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Subcompact cars tend to have poor outward visibility—but not the Yaris. Because of its high-mounted front seats, the view from behind the wheel is good. The rear seats also have a good amount of legroom and headroom which won’t make adult passengers uncomfortable. But some reviewers noted that the seats are thinly padded.

The interior design is simple and the controls are easy to read and use. The layout is not complicated, perhaps because the Yaris does not have a lot of technologies except for the basic ones. Navigation system, for example, is not offered. But Bluetooth audio streaming and iPod interface are standard.

Finally, the cargo area is a bit narrow. It’s a good thing, though, that the fold-down rear seatbacks allow for more space.

KEY FEATURES

There are five models of the 2014 Toyota Yaris. The 3-door L comes standard with electric power steering, daytime running lights, 15-inch steel wheels, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, iPod interface, Bluetooth, USB port, HD radio, auxiliary audio jack, analog instrumentation with LCD display, cloth upholstery, fold-down rear seat, 4-way adjustable front seats, and 9 airbags.

The 3-door LE adds 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and engine immobilizer.

The 5-door L and LE are equipped similarly as their respective 3-door counterparts, except they have child-protector rear door locks.

The 5-door SE gets sport-tuned suspension and steering, halogen headlights with smoked trim, fog lights, sport exterior styling, 16-inch alloy wheels, sport instrumentation, sport seats, and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob.

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