2014 Toyota Yaris Overview
- Smallest car offered by Toyota, comes in 3-door and 5-door hatchback varieties
- 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 106-horsepower
- Base price of under $15,000
Both the smallest and most affordable car in the Toyota lineup, the 2014 Yaris is an affordable sub-compact that competes in a growing segment against cars like the Ford Fiesta and Nissan Versa Note.
The Yaris got a redesign in 2012 that eliminated the sedan and instead leaves a pair of hatchback options, 3-door and 5-door (the rear hatch is counted as a door, do not ask us why). Three trim levels split up the features and price points: L, LE, and SE (the SE is only available as a 5-door).
Outside, the Yaris’ new design has held up well over the past several years. It is not as dramatic as some other automotive designs, but it looks sporty and has enough creases and sharpness to remain interesting visually. A large lower air intake dominates the front, where the pinched headlight clusters add sharpness to the hood. 15-inch wheels are standard, while a rear spoiler and power side mirrors are optional.
Under the hood, all 2014 Yaris models feature an economical 106-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Transmission options include a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Expect to achieve 30/37 mpg city/highway with the manual (the automatic drops the highway number to 36 mpg).
The Yaris’ opts for a simply designed interior that we are actually big fans of. The dashboard has a long, lean look to it thanks to plastic pieces that run the width of it from the center console across the passenger side. Climate controls are large and easy to find and operate, sitting below the stereo. Standard features include air conditioning, power locks, and a CD stereo with iPod connectivity. Optional are a 60/40-split folding rear seat, steering-wheel audio controls, power windows, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Four-door versions of the Yaris won a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and got four out of five stars overall from the NHTSA. Standard safety features include nine airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control.