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2016 Toyota Yaris Walk Around


Even though the overall Yaris hatchback profile is restrained, if not outright bland, the front end ranks as unusually bold, indeed, flamboyant. Added for 2015, the oversize trapezoidal, black-mesh grille almost looks as if it belongs on a different car.

Most of the Yaris design was developed in France, where the cars are manufactured. Three- and five-door hatchbacks are available, but no sedans. Offering a three-door keeps the base price low, but entering the back seat can be a challenge. SE models get a more aggressive appearance, including foglamps up front and a diffuser panel at the rear.

Interior

An intuitive, practical cockpit layout puts gauges ahead of the driver. Controls are easy to understand on the horizontally oriented dashboard. Soft-touch surfaces are evident, and the front passenger benefits from a long tray at the dashboard bottom.

Yaris SE models have a more comprehensive instrument cluster.

Front seats provide plenty of space, and feel more comfortable than seats in the Nissan Versa Note. Bottom cushions are sufficiently long. They’re also wide enough to accommodate American-size physiques. Upgraded seats in SE models provide greater side support.

Because seat adjustment is restricted, establishing a comfortable driving position isn’t so easy for taller folks. Yet, headroom is generous.

For adults, the back seat is cramped. Even though rear seatbacks fold forward, the cargo floor is a tad tall and not totally flat. Still, cargo volume totals a respectable 15.3 cubic feet.

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