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in Affordable Small Cars

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

The Yaris’ interior is simple and well-constructed, reviewers note, though several test drivers are disappointed with the amount of hard plastic in the cabin and say the materials feel cheap. Many reviewers are impressed with the amount of room in the cabin, especially in the front, and say even the rear seats provide adequate legroom. However, some say that the lack of a telescoping steering wheel can make it difficult to find a comfortable driving position. Controls are straightforward and there are plenty of standard features, including Bluetooth, reviewers say. Optional features like navigation are lacking.

  • "We love the dashboard, though, as it has far more style than ever before, vaulting the Yaris to the head of the class in this respect. The materials aren't bad, either. No, the plastics aren't luxurious, but at least they have distinctive grains and everything seems to be bolted together well." -- AutoTrader
  • "Although the plastics and upholstery in the 2014 Toyota Yaris aren't exceptional, the materials are reasonably well-finished and assembled." -- Edmunds 
  • "Materials are muted in color, hard to the touch and low-budget in general." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior assembly quality is good, but the materials are especially lackluster and padded surfaces are very scarce." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Seating

The 2014 Toyota Yaris comes standard with four-way adjustable front seats. A leather-trimmed steering wheel is available. Test drivers say the seats are adequately comfy and visibility is good. Reviewers think the Yaris has a respectable amount of head- and legroom in both the front and rear, adding that it feels more spacious than other subcompact cars. The steering wheel tilts but doesn’t telescope and a few critics say that makes it difficult to find a good driving position.

  • "Those worried about a subcompact car affording a low view of the road will find the high-mounted front seats help provide good sight lines, though the lack of a telescoping steering wheel can be a problem for short and tall drivers alike. In back, there's a refreshing amount of rear-seat legroom, and even those of above-average height will find acceptable headroom." -- Edmunds
  • "The Yaris model's legitimately accommodating back seat is proof that subcompacts don't have to punish rear passengers. Even full-sized adults can ride back there for a while without complaint." -- AutoTrader
  • "Yaris has decent rear headroom and passable legroom for a subcompact. The seat seems a bit thinly padded. You wouldn't necessarily want to stick anyone back there for a cross-country road trip, but comfort is more than adequate if you're part of the local car pool." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "On base models the fabric driver's seat doesn't have a height adjustment, and none of the models come with a steering wheel that telescopes, making it harder for drivers to find a perfect fit. The 5-passenger hatchback is roomy up front, though legroom is expectedly tight in back." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The 2014 Toyota Yaris comes with a six-speaker stereo with a CD player, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, an auxiliary jack and a USB port. Power windows are optional, though they’re standard in some rivals like the Honda Fit. Other optional features include steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control and remote keyless entry. There’s no available navigation system.

Reviewers say the Yaris offers a decent amount of standard features for an affordable subcompact car, including Bluetooth and iPod integration. Controls are logically placed and easy to operate, though a few critics note that the USB port is located inside the glovebox, which makes it hard to access.

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  • "Although you can't get a navigation system in the 2014 Toyota Yaris, this car comes standard with all the basic tech features you're likely to want, including Bluetooth with streaming audio capability and a USB input -- amenities that you'll often have to pay extra for in this price range." -- Edmunds
  • "We give the 2014 Yaris points for the cabin's clean layout and easy-to-operate controls, but that's about where the praise ends." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its feature content is a strength by subcompact standards." -- AutoTrader
  • "The system supports audio streaming, which is a good thing because the auxiliary stereo and USB input jacks are inconveniently located inside the glovebox." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The two-door Toyota Yaris offers 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space, while the four-door Yaris has 15.6 cubic feet. A 60/40 split fold-down rear seat is standard on all but the base trim. Reviewers say that the Yaris’ hatchback body style makes loading cargo an easy process, and they think the cabin has good small-item storage.

  • "The hatchback design allows for easy loading of cargo." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The cargo area is kind of short and rather narrow. On the plus side, the rear seat backs fold nearly flat and sit level with the floor. The interior has several small storage bins, but no center console." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/19/14

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