The 2015 Toyota Yaris will get an attention-grabbing new face, spruced-up inside trims, and a considerably quieter inside, nevertheless, it lags behind the present crop of U.S.-market subcompacts in some ways. The Toyota Yaris is an odd entry into the U.S. market, because the lowest-priced mannequin from the model, slotting under the very best-promoting Corolla and Camry sedans within the Toyota lineup. There’s undoubtedly some overlap with the identical-sized Scion xD and Toyota Prius C hybrid—like these fashions obtainable solely in hatchback type—and whereas each of these fashions at the very least has a powerful demographic thrust, it is the Yaris that finally ends up showing a bit misplaced within the Nineties definition of what a small automotive needs to be and will really feel like.
Even with an extended checklist of enhancements—a fairly in-depth mid-cycle refresh—for 2015, the Yaris stays a reliable subcompact hatchback, but one with little or no that causes it to face out above different subcompacts on this more and more aggressive market section.
Because of some design work originating in France, the place the Yaris is constructed for the U.S., this mannequin is extra visually interesting, and it will get much more suave, sharp, and Euro-influenced for 2015. The overarching design has been preserved—tall but properly proportioned from the facet, in both three- or 5-door variations—the Yaris will get new detailing, with new hood sculpting, a swooping line of brightwork around a big Toyota emblem, and a bigger trapezoidal grille with new black ‘mesh’ design texturing—leads to a visible sum that isn’t simply bolder, as Toyota likes to level out, however, extra flamboyant and unique, as we see it. Inside, the cabin stays much more fashionable and sensible than earlier Yaris generations (sure, we have *virtually* forgotten about the middle-mounted gauge cluster of its predecessor). 2015 revamp additionally brings tender-contact supplies to the instrument panel, a brand new sport gauge cluster for the SE, and new metallic and chrome accent trim all through.
General, the inside impresses as refreshingly simple and intuitive subsequent to the gimmicky inside layouts of another fashion in this class. The sprint has horizontal, shelf-like strains and the controls are easy, cheerful, and simple to know. There’s additionally a big cohort of constructed-in storage areas, within the type of trays, cupholders, bins, and the like—together with an extended tray on the backside of the sprint for the passenger.
As spectacular because the styling is in reaching out of the consolation zone of Camry and Corolla, it is what’s beneath the hood that lets down the entire bundle. The one engine supplied within the 2015 Toyota Yaris is a 106-horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder. Even in comparison with a lot of what is now provided in this class, it is remarkably low-tech—no direct-injection or turbocharging right here—and making an attempt to enter its energy zone will really feel rather a lot such as you’re behind the wheel of a Nineteen Nineties econocar once more. Efficiency is comparatively tepid, and that is should you shift your personal gears with the usual 5-velocity handbook gearbox.
When you’re underway and in the proper gear, the 2015 Yaris feels mild; and at around 2,300 kilos (it is about 20 kilos lighter but this 12 months), it is one of many lighter subcompacts in the marketplace. This 12 months additionally brings suspension enhancements that embrace softer springs, a stiffer torsion beam in again, and stiffer shocks altogether, plus other engineering enhancements. The Yaris has higher electrical energy steering than many different Toyotas, whereas the Yaris SE specifically has a stiffer suspension and thicker anti-sway bars, which ship flatter dealing with without a lot effect on journey consolation, which is sweet. Brakes on all fashions work effectively, and the pedal is firmer and less mushy than in some opponents. In order for your rear disc brakes, they’re the unique area of the Yaris SE.
The inside is finest described as simple however unremarkable. The cupboard space inside is nice, and the entrance seats are snug and supportive, with loads of room. Rear seats are a unique story; they’re smaller than these in lots of rivals, notably the Nissan Versa Word, and the Yaris is extra usable for 2 adults than for 4. Neither cargo area nor flexibility is nearly as good because the perennial class chief, the Honda Match. Experience high quality is even higher than it was, although, and with extra sound insulation for 2015, the Yaris is now a comparatively quiet cruiser—when you’re not pushing the engine.
Toyota has bolstered the Yaris construction considerably for 2015, though it would not qualify as something utterly new, so we’re unsure if it will likely be retested by both of the U.S. security businesses. IIHS and federal crash-take a look at outcomes have been a blended bag.
There are primarily simply three manufacturing unit builds of the 2015 Toyota Yaris: the bottom L, the mid-degree LE, and the sporty SE. However, the shiny facet is that there actually isn’t a lot to bump the sticker worth all that increase. High SE fashions are those that basically stand out; they add sixteen-inch machined-end alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, projector-beam headlights, LED daytime working lamps, a black entrance grille, a rear spoiler, upgraded seats with sport cloth, a sport instrument cluster, and leather-based trim for the steering wheel and shift lever.