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in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,537 - $9,632
Original MSRP: $12,605 - $14,165
MPG: 29 City / 35 Hwy
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2010 Toyota Yaris Interior

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The interior of the 2010 Toyota Yaris is where it comes up short of its class competitors. While most reviewers like its comfortable front seats and overall design, they complain about its awkward driving position, lack of rear seat room and practically non-existent standard features list.

  • "The interior has an unusual design, though it mostly remains functional." -- Cars.com
  • "Long-legged drivers may want more rearward seat travel, and some testers say the steering wheel is mounted too far away, with the pedals being too close for best comfort." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Overall, the interior is comfy, the trim and upholstery appear classy, and the controls are intuitive. There would be no shame in taking the boss out to lunch or your mother-in-law to the opera in a Yaris." -- New Car Test Drive

Front Seats

While reviewers agree that the front seats in the Yaris are generally comfortable, a few complain about the awkward driving position. 

  • "The seats are not generously sized but provide good support." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats have supportive, deeply dished backs; but the bottom cushions are flat and short, so long-legged drivers may not enjoy optimum comfort and lower-body support." -- New Car Test Drive

Rear Seats

Most compact cars are not known for their spacious or comfortable back seats, and the Yaris is no exception, particularly for those with longer legs. If a roomy rear cabin is important to you, check out the Volkswagen Rabbit, which has what reviewers say are some of the most comfortable seats in its class. 

  • "Spacious for the car's compact exterior dimensions, though taller riders will want more headroom and legroom. Three people will fit in the back, but the cabin is too narrow for long trips." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's just no getting past these cars' short wheelbase, however. The long of leg can't really stretch-out anywhere, and few adults will have enough knee room in back unless the front passengers slide well forward." -- Iguida.com
  • "The Yaris Liftback interior provides roominess that belies its exterior dimensions. The comfortable cabin provides rear seating for three with headrests in all seating positions." -- FinChannel.com

Interior Features

The automotive press tends to agree that the interior design of the 2010 Toyota Yaris uses fabrics and plastics that are cheap but that don't look cheap, making its interior materials quality about standard for the class. Where it comes up short is in its standard features list. Although reviewers appreciate that the Yaris comes with air conditioning and a tilt-steering wheel, other features like power windows and locks and an audio system are only available as part of package deals.

The awkwardly located dashboard meters and controls, which are mounted above the center stack, are considered difficult to see and use by some testers. If having lots of standard features is important to you, be sure to take the Honda Fit for a test drive. Its stylish cabin and longer list of features make it a favorite among reviewers.

  • "Yaris' upholstery is oddly synthetic, and most interior panels are made of hollow plastic. Nothing looks cheap, though, lending an air of impressive substance at this price level." -- Consumer Guide
  • "No Yaris offers USB connectivity for iPods or other digital devices, though an auxiliary jack is available. Sunroof? No luck. Heated seats or leather upholstery? You're kidding." -- Iguida.com

Cargo

Reviewers are pleased that both the Yaris sedan and hatchback models have plenty of interior storage cubbies for small items and a decent amount of cargo space for their class. The sedan offers 12.9 cubic feet of cargo space (which is enough for three large suitcases), while the hatchback provides 9.32 cubic feet of space with the seats up and a helpful 25.7 cubic feet of space with the seats folded down. Be aware, however, that some reviewers complain that a narrow trunk opening in the sedan makes it difficult to load bulky items.

An available Convenience Package includes a 60/40 split folding rear seat, which increases cargo volume in the sedan to 13.7 cubic feet and to 9.53 cubic feet in the hatchback.

  • "The sedan's trunk is relatively roomy, has low liftover, and added storage in the spare-tire well. The lid opens wide, but its hinges intrude and its opening is too small to easily accept bulky items. Hatchback has more useful cargo space, helped by fold-flat rear seatbacks." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Yaris's cabin offers plenty of opportunity to stash small items. A double-tiered glovebox is a highlight. And plastic grottos along side the center dashboard spine are handy, though they lack any sort of grippy lining to prevent contents from sliding about -- or even out." -- Iguida.com

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