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Toyota Yaris

When saving space and money is your primary concern, the Toyota Yaris should pop up on your radar as a true option. Both new and used models come with attractive price tags and feature packages to attract the budget-minded buyer. Don't think that the subcompact size means you will feel cramped in the interior, either. Eight years of well-respected models make it easy to find a used model that is still in good condition given the detailed car history searching power of CARFAX.

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Used Toyota Yaris: In Depth


2009 Toyota Yaris
I've had this car for a month & so far I love it! If you're looking for a simple reliable car to get you from point A to point B & don't have a family I'd recommend this car. The back seat is surprisingly spacious for the 3 door hatchback. The interior is mostly plastic but I bought this car for reliability & gas mileage not luxury. The interior is also small but I think all the cubbies & storage space make up for its size. And I've read a lot of reviews saying there are no cup holders in the back but there are, they're on either side of the back seat. If you get this car I recommend reading the manual fully, there are a few storage spaces that are easily missed if you're not looking for them. I've also heard a lot of people talk about the driving positing being uncomfortable, I did find it a little weird, it feels like the pedals are too close and the steering wheel is too far away but I did get used to it really quickly. The center display is weird too & lack of tachometer with a manual bugged me at first but I got used to these as well. The turning radius is amazing & its a cinch to park. It is hard to see out the back if you have passengers in the rear. It is sluggish after 50 MPH or so but I just give myself extra time if I want to pass on the highway or I pop it into 4th. I haven't driven the automatic version but if you love to drive stick I'd definitely hold out for a manual, this car would be a total bore to drive as an automatic.


The original Echo that inspired the Yaris spent years being the popular subcompact in Asian and European markets, and the Yaris didn't become part of the American car market until 2007. The five-door layout provides quick access to your 15.6 cubic feet of cargo space and ensures each passenger has their own door. Other drivers will find the three-door super compact layout better for their daily commute in a crowded city.

The three trim packages available for the 2014 Toyota Yaris are the L, LE, and SE options. The SE is all about performance, while LE packages are for families with plenty of passengers. Folding seats and keyless entry make it easy to get everyone in and out in a hurry. Finally, the L trim level includes full airbag coverage and Bluetooth connectivity. Shop for models made prior to 2012 if you prefer the look and styling of the sedan.

Sporty interiors and upgraded sound systems are among the options available for both used and new Yaris cars. Cruise control, power windows, and wireless upgrades are also optional. The 1.5 liter engine powering this vehicle is great for jetting around town on errands or for your workday commute. A stiffer suspension makes the sports package a good option if you like responsive handling for stop and go situations. Picking up the kids is comfortable with the spacious back seat and room for five.


The most recent 2014 Toyota Yaris safety ratings have been higher than the rankings for the predecessors. This is attributed to the reinforcements that were added to the frame in the latest redesign. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2014 model as good in all categories but the small overlap front test, while the 2013 vehicle was a Top Safety Pick for the subcompact class. Both new and used models get high ratings because of the nine driver and passenger airbags that surround everyone in a protective bubble. Standard electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes also give the car good performance in stopping tests.


  • It is one of the lightest subcompact cars currently available, without compromising on frame stability and crush resistance. It has a curb weight that comes in just under 2,300 pounds, according to Toyota. This gives it better gas mileage than heavier hatchbacks.
  • The affordable retail price means that the used models are particularly budget-friendly for teen drivers or college students. Combine the price tag with the sporty look and the cargo space in the back and you have an incredibly functional first car that a young driver will be proud to own. It is especially ideal for drivers who like to haul around their friends due to the generous seating, even in the three-door models.
  • The SE trim model lives up to its name with both interior style upgrades and performance enhancements. The raised seats and steering assist feature make for an exciting driving experience out of such a small vehicle.

Vehicle Overview

Number of Owners Toyota Yaris

Carfax Facts

51.5 percent of all Toyota Yaris cars for sale are reported to CARFAX as 1-owner cars. You will find another 34.7 percent as having 2 owners. 

Average Odometer Reading

Carfax Chart

If you're looking for a Toyota Yaris with less than 60,000 miles, start your search with the 2009 model year.

2014 Toyota Yaris Specifications

  • From $14,430
  • 1.5-liter 4-cylinder

  • 30 city / 36 hwy mpg

  • Front Wheel Drive
  • 5-speed manual;  4-speed Automatic

  • 106 hp @ 6000

  • 98.8 inches

We recently used CARFAX to research the history of a 2012 Toyota Yaris that was part of a car rental fleet. There were discrepancies noted by my husband concerning the title history and the VIN number. CARFAX gives car shoppers peace of mind for a good price!

—Darcy and Ed Pilawski