Vehicle Overview

The Yaris is Toyota's least expensive model, and it's available in sedan as well as two- and four-door hatchback styles. Similarly sized compacts include the Chevrolet Aveo, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
The sedan is more conservative-looking than the hatchback; it features a Camry-style snub-nosed front end. Both body styles feature a forward-cab design with short overhangs. Exterior features include:

  • Available 14- or 15-inch wheels
  • Standard body-colored mirrors and door handles
  • Standard rear defroster
  • Optional rear window wiper on hatchback
  • Optional fog lamps
  • Optional power locks, windows and mirrors

Interior
The interior has an unusual design, though it mostly remains functional. The sedan and hatch have slightly different layouts, with the sedan being the more conservative of the two. All models get a center-mounted instrument cluster, and the sedan's center control panel is reminiscent of the Camry's. The hatch's climate-control knobs are placed vertically below the stereo, as opposed to side-by-side as in most cars. There's an available 60/40-split rear seat for the hatchback that can recline and slide forward and backward. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Optional CD player with auxiliary jack
  • Optional cruise control
  • Optional remote keyless entry
  • Optional 60/40-split folding backseat for the sedan

Under the Hood
The Yaris has a remarkably tight 32.6-foot turning circle for the sedan and 30.8-foot for the hatchback. Mechanical features include:

  • 106-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 103 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission


Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard stability system
  • Standard antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution