Toyota redesigns Yaris subcompact for 2015
Base model starts at $15,670.
Toyota redesigned its Yaris subcompact for 2015. The new nose looks to be directly borrowed from the 2014 Corolla. It returns in both three- and five-door trim, with a fresh interior to match the new sheetmetal.
The new Yaris comes in three trims: L, LE and SE. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, daytime running lights and 15-inch wheels. The upgraded LE trim adds cruise control, power mirrors, steering wheel audio controls and keyless entry. The top SE trim continues to pile on the options with projector headlights, fog lights, a rear spoiler and 16-inch alloy wheels. SE is also the sportiest trim, so it gets a solid stabilizer bar, “sport-tuned” suspension and bigger brakes in front.
Inside, the high-spec model comes with a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, its own unique sport fabric and gloss black accents. All models get a 6.1-inch touchscreen, USB port, Bluetooth and voice recognition. Navigation is also a dealer-installed option for the first time.
Drivers will have to be careful with all that oomph. The Yaris houses a “smooth-revving” 1.5-liter DOHC four making 106 hp and 103 lb-ft of rug-bunching torque. A five-speed manual is standard while a four-speed automatic is optional. Joking aside, the last Yaris weighed in at about 2,300 pounds. Toyota didn’t announce the 2015 model’s curb weight, but we assume it’ll be pretty close, which means it won’t feel like 103 hp, it’ll feel like…119 hp, or so.
Prices overall are up about $400 across the range. The Yaris L starts at $15,670, the LE starts at $17,330 and the SE comes in at $17,645. It goes on sale in August.
-- Jake Lingeman
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