Affordability is a key strength of the 2017 Toyota Yaris, and this hatchback’s small footprint makes it an ideal choice for city driving. The Yaris’ strong lineup of standard safety features is another plus.
The 2017 Toyota Yaris is subcompact hatchback sold in two- and four-door body styles, and it seats five passengers. Two-door models are sold in L and LE trims, while four-door models come in L, LE and SE trims. Buyers can choose between a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission.
For 2017, the Toyota Yaris adds forward collision mitigation, lane departure alert and automatic high beams as standard equipment.
The 2017 Yaris offers sporty sheet metal, distinguished by a gaping grille and a raked windshield. The car’s standard 15-inch steel wheels are pushed out at the corners, giving it a broad stance.
Base models come with halogen headlamps, daytime running lights, a black front grille, color-keyed side mirrors and color-keyed exterior door handles. The list of upgrades includes projector-beam headlights with LED accents, power-adjustable side mirrors, chrome accents for the front grille, fog lights, LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler and 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Toyota Yaris’ interior is relatively spartan, with liberal use of plastics throughout. Though the Yaris can seat five, it provides the most comfortable fit with four passengers on board. The rear seats provide above-average legroom, and all models come with a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Two-door models provide 15.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats in place, while four-door models provide 15.6 cubic feet.
Base models come with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, a tilt-adjustable steering column, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat and power windows and door locks. Available upgrades include satin-chrome interior door handles and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever.
While it may not be the most engaging choice in its class, the 2017 Toyota Yaris provides adequate driving dynamics. This front-wheel-drive hatchback is motivated by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. Shoppers can choose between a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission.
EPA-estimated fuel economy is 30/36 mpg city/highway with the manual and 30/35 mpg for models equipped with the automatic transmission.
The Yaris provides a decent array of user-friendly technology. Base models come with Bluetooth phone and music streaming, a 6.1-inch touch screen, a six-speaker sound system, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack, voice recognition, a USB port and a CD player.
With the Yaris, you get a level of standard driver-assitive technology that’s unusual at this car’s modest price point. All models come with lane departure alert, automatic high beams and forward collision mitigation.