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MSRP: $14,430 - $17,340
Invoice: $13,853 - $16,645
MPG: 30 City / 36 Hwy
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Toyota Yaris Review

The 2014 Toyota Yaris ranks 31 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Toyota Yaris, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Reviewers agree that the 2014 Toyota Yaris offers a roomy cabin and a very good reliability rating at a nice price. However, rival cars are more fun to drive, they say.

Powered by a four-cylinder engine, critics say the Yaris is competent around town but is strained and slow to accelerate at highway speeds. A five-speed manual transmission is standard. A four-speed automatic transmission is optional and test drivers say it’s outdated and hinders acceleration. The base Toyota Yaris gets an EPA-estimated 30/37 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. The Yaris comes standard with nine air bags including a driver’s knee air bag, which is notable for the class.

The 2014 Yaris’ interior is basic and well-assembled, test drivers say, and though materials are sturdy, many test drivers say that they look and feel cheap. The cabin is roomy for a small car with adequate head- and legroom in both rows, test drivers say. However, some are disappointed that the steering wheel doesn’t telescope, making it difficult for some people to find a good driving position. Given its low price, the Toyota Yaris also offers an admirable amount of standard features, reviewers note, including Bluetooth and satellite radio connectivity. Yet it lacks optional features like navigation. A simple layout makes controls easy to find and operate, they say.

  • "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." -- AutoTrader
  • "Given its above average passenger room and lengthy equipment list, the 2014 Toyota Yaris is certainly worth consideration, especially when you factor in Toyota's historically strong reliability. But with so many impressive small sedans and hatchbacks competing for your attention in this segment, Toyota's entry gets lost in the crowd." -- Edmunds
  • "The Yaris is adequate for those who just want a basic, no-hassle car with Toyota's reputation for quality and good resale value. But even in this price-sensitive segment, more appealing cars are fighting for your consideration." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "When you factor in the car's excellent fuel economy as well as the exceptionally high resale value on Toyota cars (and small cars in general), Yaris--from a purely financial standpoint--becomes a prudent choice." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers are impressed by the Ford Fiesta’s nimble handling and upscale interior. The Fiesta is available as a sedan or hatchback and reviewers say it has comfortable seats. Navigation is available, too.

The Nissan Versa gets good fuel economy, especially when equipped with a continuously variable transmission. The Versa Note hatchback offers a lot of cargo space for a subcompact car, and reviewers say it also has a roomy cabin.

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Details: 2014 Toyota Yaris

The five-seat 2014 Yaris is available as a two- or four-door hatchback. Two-door models are available in L and LE trims, and four-door models are available in L, LE and SE trims. All models come with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. Base and SE trims come standard with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. All other trims have a standard four-speed automatic transmission. The Yaris was redesigned for the 2012 model year and has seen few changes since then. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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Review Last Updated: 5/19/14

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