Tuesday, May 19, 2015


All new restyled 2015 Toyota Yaris packs irrefutable value, yet the driving knowledge and a great deal of different angles feel insane. 

Visual overhauls for 2015 keep Toyota's subcompact hatchback gently fascinating, and it handles a considerable measure superior to anything its modest family recommends. In any case, there's little to acclaim past that. Customers on a tight spending plan will locate the base Yaris has liberal standard highlights, however once you climb a trim level or two, better decisions for comparative cash exist. 

The Yaris comes as a two- or four-entryway hatchback, however both have indistinguishable measurements. Trim levels incorporate the L, LE and four-entryway just SE, which you can stand up in comparison here. The three-entryway L and SE can be had with manual or programmed transmissions, while different trims are just accessible with the programmed. We tried a programmed SE. Slapped with a mammoth, five-sided opening that joins the top and base grille, the new Yaris conveys an emphatic expression that the 2012-2014 model did not (hope to measure up them here). SE models have mist lights, LED daytime running lights and a back spoiler, however even the L and LE have body-shaded mirrors and entryway handles  a level of consistency non attendant from a year ago's Yaris, whose base trim shouted shoddy.

At just 155.5 inches long with a 31.5-foot turning circle, the Yaris' urban-friendly dimensions are smaller than most competitors by a healthy margin. Unfortunately, the SE trim level's 16-inch alloy wheels and unique steering ratio balloon the turning circle to an unremarkable 36.1 feet, and no trim level offers a backup camera — a crucial provision for city drivers that the rival Honda Fit includes standard.
The Yaris' tiny, 106-horsepower four-cylinder engine has adequate, if unrefined, chutzpah. Thanks to quick gas-pedal response, the drivetrain provides its power early for peppy starts around town. Extra passengers or any highway passing, however, require most of the engine's reserves — a situation where rivals like the Honda Fit and Chevrolet Sonic leave some power on tap. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but our test car's optional four-speed automatic had a one-size-fits-all approach to acceleration that was a few steps behind the competition. Find a highway on-ramp and the engine churns loudly through each endless gear; at 60 mph or so, the only kickdown option from 4th is 3rd, and that makes it a buzzy slog to 70 mph. Most competitors have continuously variable automatic transmissions or six-speed automatics; the Yaris' gearbox is behind the times.

EPA gas mileage with the automatic is 30/36/32 mpg city/highway/combined. That matches or beats the automatic-equipped Korean and American competition, but it's well short of the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa Note and Mitsubishi Mirage, all of which feature CVTs. That the Yaris' numbers are even this good is a testament to its curb weight, which is lighter than every major competitor save the featherweight Mirage. To improve the mileage, Toyota's overdue to implement a better transmission and direct fuel injection, to name just two common technologies.

With its 16-inch alloy wheels , the Yaris SE handles bumps well enough at lower speeds, but highway travel exposes poor overall isolation, with a wheelbase that's too short for the front axle to sort out a disruption before the rear encounters the same thing. The SE-specific steering wheel feels securely weighted at highway speeds, but undulating pavement makes for a turbulent highway routine. Pervasive road and wind noise worsen the experience, despite Toyota's claims of more noise insulation for 2015. This is how subcompacts used to behave; the Fit, Sonic and Ford Fiesta prove that entry-level cars can ride better. Toyota has work to do.The interior mixes decent materials with plenty of cheaper plastics at eye level, but there's padding in areas that count, like the door inserts and armrests. Still, features like a telescoping steering wheel and center armrest were missing in our test car more yesteryear thinking, especially when today's competition has them.

Some may find the front seats' bottom cushions too small; I could have used some more thigh support over a four-hour stretch in the car. Taller adults may also find limited seat travel; my 6-foot frame needed the chair almost all the way back. If you share the car with someone who prefers a different seat height, the standard height adjuster uses a rickety pump lever that's in a narrow canyon between the seat and the door. Pumping it is an easy way to pinch your fingers.Legroom is good in back, and the rear seat sits higher off the floor than in many small cars, affording adults decent support.It's nice to see a touch-screen stereo as standard equipment, but various features feel half-baked. The optional dealer-installed navigation system lacks the swiping and zooming capabilities found in many in-car navigation systems and smartphones. Its physical shortcut buttons include the all-important volume and tuning knobs, but the Bluetooth system requires you to accept or rejecting calls via controls on the screen itself, rather than buttons on the more conventional  steering-wheel location.                                                                                                                                                                       Capacity regions consolidate a lot of cubbies around the dashboard, including one to the upper left of the directing wheel,but the cupholders stay wedged beneath the atmosphere controls a burdensome area in the event that you have a vast travel mug.

Freight room behind the secondary lounge adds up to 15.6 cubic feet (15.3 cubic feet in two-entryway models), which is on the little side for this gathering. Toyota doesn't outfit specs for greatest payload room with the seats folded.Despite its nine standard airbags, the Yaris scored minimal in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's little cover frontal accident test. (IIHS scores are great, satisfactory, negligible and poor.) The Yaris earned great scores over four different IIHS tests. Toyota's scores mirror a prosecution of the subcompact class in general. Of more than 10 section level autos subjected to IIHS' little cover test, stand out  the 2015 Honda Fit scored adequate, and none scored great.

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