Toyota changed the look of its subcompact Yaris in 2012, dropped the sedan version and stretched the overall length of the car. The Yaris competes in a busy field of small cars that includes the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Mazda2. Available as either a two- or four-door hatchback, the Yaris is offered in three trim levels: base L, LE and sportier SE.
New for 2013
The base Yaris gets an upgraded stereo, but there are no other significant changes for 2013.
Exterior features include:
- 15-inch wheels with covers standard; optional 16-inch alloy wheels
- Available fog lights and smoked headlamps (SE)
- Available rear spoiler
- Available power side mirrors
L trims have manual windows and a fold-down rear bench seat. LE and SE models get power windows, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, steering-wheel audio controls, and soft-touch dash and sill inserts. (Those inserts are hard plastic in the L.)
In addition to that, SE models add cruise control — a stand-alone option on the LE — sport seats with more bolstering and different fabric, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift. Interior features include:
- Standard air conditioning
- Standard power locks
- Standard CD stereo with iPod connectivity
Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:
- 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 106 horsepower and 103 pounds-feet of torque
- Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission
- Sport-tuned suspension and steering on SE
Safety features include:
- Nine airbags
- Antilock brakes
- Electronic stability system with traction control
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