Buyers in need of a subcompact car are often looking for an affordable, reliable and practical vehicle to get them from point A to B.
The new 2015 Yaris features a slightly more assertive style compared to its predecessor, due in part to a larger trapezoidal grille design which merges with the Toyota logo, which is underscored by a chrome trim bar that makes its way towards the front headlights. On the SE model, the headlight clusters incorporate what the automaker has described as new projector lamp technology for high and low beams, as well as LED daytime running lights. Finally, a low center of gravity and stance also provide the subcompact car a slightly more authoritative presence.
On the inside, the automaker wanted to enhance the feeling of interior space and quality. As a result, certain elements in the 2015 Yaris are thinner, and the dashboard appears to be more horizontal. Toyota also says the instrument panel includes more soft touch materials, and the central dashboard panel features softer padding. Normal chrome trim within the cabin has also been replaced by satin chrome for a more sophisticated look, and the new 2015 Yaris includes new fabric patterns.
Toyota’s new subcompact car comes available in three trims: 3-door CE, 5-door LE, and the 5-door SE models, all of which are equipped with a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total output of 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. Mated to either a standard 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic with overdrive, the 2015 Yaris is a front-wheel drive hatchback that includes vehicle stability and traction control. An anti-lock braking system (ABS), brake assist, and smart stop technology are standard on all models.
From the new Yaris, buyers can expect improved handling and ride comfort, a new torsion beam, and modified shock absorbers and steering. The vehicle has been designed to have a more rigid upper and lower body structure that enhances the direct and linear response to steering, resulting in a more stable and comfortable ride.
Fuel consumption ratings when equipped with the manual transmission are 7.7/6.3 litres per 100 kilometres (city/highway), with a combined rating of 7.1 L/100km. With the 4-speed automatic, combined city and highway fuel economy ratings become 7.3 L/100km.
As for features, owners can choose between standard bucket seats or available Sport seats, and can opt for elements like steering wheel audio controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cruise control, and keyless entry. Power door locks and windows, a cabin air filter, a 6.1-inch audio display and Bluetooth capability are standard.
The 2015 Toyota Yaris has received quite a few updates, and with a more assertive style, improved interior and driving comfort, as well as several intriguing features from which to choose from, the automaker’s new subcompact car deserves to be tested. Although its practical side, history of reliability, and starting price of $14,255 MSRP should just about seal the deal.