The Toyota Yaris is a subcompact model introduced in 2007 to the U.S. market. Hatchback and sedan body styles have been offered. The Yaris is a front-wheel drive vehicle powered by a four-cylinder engine.
Toyota Yaris: 2012 to Present
Upon its introduction, the second-generation Toyota Yaris was offered as a sedan, a three-door hatchback and a five-door hatchback. However, the sedan was discontinued after 2012.
All Yaris hatchback models are marked by a narrow, upswept upper grille design and wraparound headlights. Some models include LED daytime running lights. An oversized lower grille opening is offset by large pockets for the available fog lamps. A sloping hood and a canted windshield complete this model’s front end.
Along the sides, the Toyota Yaris has a sloping roofline, a rising beltline, upper and lower character lines and color-keyed side mirrors. An assortment of wheel choices, including machined alloy wheels are available. At the rear, the Yaris has an oversized hatchback spoiler, wraparound combination lamps, body sculpting and a single exhaust tip.
The Yaris’ cabin offers space for five, but is best suited for four. The base model is equipped with a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, power door locks, power steering and air conditioning. The Yaris also comes with a USB port and an auxiliary input jack.
Beginning in 2013, Toyota added new standard features, including HD Radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
A 2015 refresh adjusted the pitch of the windshield, tweaked the overhangs and pushed the wheels further out to the corners. An updated interior brought in additional soft-touch materials with a corresponding reduction in noise, vibration and harshness. Toyota also upgraded the audio system, making a touch-screen audio system standard across the model line.
All Toyota Yaris models are powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 106 horsepower. This engine comes paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
Earlier Toyota Yaris Models
Introduced to the U.S. market in 2007, the first-generation Yaris was sold from 2007 to 2011.
Like the second-generation, earlier Yaris models are powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.
For 2010, the Yaris gained Toyota’s Star Safety system, which includes anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control.