2014 All New Toyota Yaris Price, Pics and Specs 2013
The 2014 Toyota Yaris is now entering its third year on the market after updates in 2012. So how well has Toyota's smallest, cheapest car held up to competitors in the fast-moving subcompact segment?
Let's get the bad news out of the way first: The Yaris continues to use a 4-speed automatic transmission, which hinders both acceleration and highway fuel economy. Most rivals have five or six speeds by now.
But the Yaris does its best to compensate in other areas. Its feature content is a strength by subcompact standards. The interior is both stylish and spacious, a rare combination at this price point. And the suspension is surprisingly capable, delivering more fun-to-drive smiles than expected.
Indeed, the Yaris may not be a superstar, but it's a solid competitor with the added bonuses of Toyota's traditionally strong resale value and reliability. Last year's redesign continues to stand the Yaris in good stead.
What's New for 2014?
The Yaris enters the 2014 model completely unchanged after minor trim updates for 2013.
What We Like
Good overall fuel economy; standard Bluetooth and USB/iPod connectivity; accommodating back seat; stylish interior; nimble handling
What We Don't
Outdated 4-speed automatic transmission; noisy engine; steering wheel doesn't telescope
The Yaris is powered by a 1.5-liter inline-4 rated at 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque. It's not our favorite engine in this segment. Noise is pronounced during acceleration, and there's not much get-up-and-go, either. A 5-speed manual is standard. We'd recommend it over the optional 4-speed automatic, which feels primitive to operate.
Fuel economy is a dead heat between the transmissions. The manual is rated at 30 miles per gallon city/37 mpg highway, while the automatic's rating is 30 mpg city/36 mpg hwy. While these highway figures are unimpressive for a subcompact, the city figures are robust.
Standard Features & Options
The 2014 Toyota Yaris is available as a 3- or 5-door hatchback. Toyota offers a Yaris sedan, but it's only available to fleet customers. Three trim levels are offered: L, LE and SE. The L and LE trims are available in 3- or 5-door body styles, while the SE trim is only available on the 5-door.
The base Yaris L ($15,000) is well-equipped with 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, a 6-speaker stereo with iPod/USB connectivity, Bluetooth, a tilt-only steering wheel (a telescopic function is unavailable), side-curtain airbags and a fold-down back seat.
The Yaris LE ($16,500) adds features such as a height-adjustable driver's seat, cruise control, a 60/40-split folding back seat and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.
The sport-themed SE ($17,000) tacks on 16-in alloy wheels, unique exterior styling cues, sport fabric upholstery, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel and special instrumentation.
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